Unity Starts from the Womb: How Early Connections Heal Families and Mitigate Intergenerational Trauma

13 Jan 2021 11:31 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

Unity Starts from the Womb: How Early Connections Heal Families and Mitigate Intergenerational Trauma
Presented by Robin Treptow PhD, Marina Rutowski PhD, and Graciela Nearing PhD.
Friday, April 23rd at 1:00pm CST

Presenters examine racism, intergenerational trauma, and how attachment can mitigate costs to human dignity. We offer research and theory informed tools for helping families heal from racial/ethnic disparities. Attendees will learn to use early relationships across service settings, age, and racial/ethnic groups to help heal trauma across and within generations.

3 Objectives to be Learned at this Presentation. 

1. List three ways in which racism negatively impacts the wellbeing of young children and their families.

2. Use a Catholic-Christian vision of the person as an antidote to racism’s effects for children and adults.

3. Specify two ways they will alter their practice due to understanding how early relationships can help heal intergenerational trauma, e.g., due to racism

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Dr. Robin Lynn Treptow holds doctorates in clinical psychology (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999) and infant and early childhood development (Fielding Graduate University, 2019). She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, VA. Her research has focused on impacts from implicit bias on babies’ growth and development.

Graciela Nearing was born in Havana. She has been married to Michael for 50 years. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Dr. Nearing received a BA degree in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and a Psy.D. She completed a clinical/research internship, University of Miami School of Medicine; a post-doctoral residency in Atlanta, GA in programs with addiction and families in crisis. Dr. Nearing developed and implemented a psychosocial program in the NICU at Niklaus Children’s Hospital, (Miami) providing psycho-emotional support to parents, a paper published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 2012

Marina Rutowski has developed a 15+ year career in play therapy after training in multiple theories by 2 play therapists during social work education at Columbia University. Marina went on to complete post masters certification in Play Therapy, as well as earning Registered Play Therapist credentials. She has developed a career specializing in trauma recovery from age 2+, with special emphasis on repairing early attachments. As the saying goes, “Relationship is everything!” Marina is grateful for every opportunity she has to see the Holy Spirit give new life and love to her clients’ lives.

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