A Neurobiological Approach to Trauma Informed Care: 

Tools for calming ourselves and our clients.

This course goes a step deeper than other Trauma Informed Care courses, by looking at the neurobiological reasons behind responses, and how to calm those responses.


The instructors also model both damaging and helpful aspects of care, and provide detailed advice on every level of Trauma Informed Care, from the words we choose to the design of our clinic space.



Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the signs and symptoms of trauma, and the need for trauma informed care.
2. Respond with empathy, by identifying feelings and needs, to those who are displaying signs of a triggered state.
3. Describe the physical considerations for TIC when designing office space.


Approved by MEAC for 3 hours of continuing education (approval number M1920-95-0404DE through April 1, 2022)

Approved for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate, Category 3.

IBLCE has allocated 3 R-CERPs for this course. IBLCE verification number C2002112, through April 14th, 2021.

Holly Scholles, MA, CPM, LDM, is the founder and president of Birthingway College of Midwifery, and a homebirth midwife with 40 years of experience. She is also an anthropologist specializing in human reproduction and medical anthropology.
Celeste Kersey, BA, CPM, LDM is passionate about living consciously, and is a perpetual student of NVC and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Midwifery and Motherhood. Celeste has taught Communication courses, is a clinical training preceptor for midwifery students, and facilitates Non-Violent Communication (NVC) workshops. In addition to teaching, she has over 20 years of clinical midwifery experience, and has an active midwifery practice in rural Oregon.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    1 What Is Trauma?
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    • 1.1 Introduction
    • Printable PDF: What Is Trauma?
    • 1.2 Origins of Trauma
    • 1.3 Impacts of Trauma
    • 1.4 Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
  • 02
    2 The Neurobiology of Trauma
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    • 2.1 The Brain In Your Hand
    • 2.2 Neurobiological Responses to Trauma
    • 2.3 ACEs
    • 2.4 Activating the Automatic Responses of the Amygdala
    • 2.5 Triggering the F-F-F Response
  • 03
    3 Calming the Brain
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    • 3.1 Overview of Calming the Brain
    • Printable PDF: List of Feelings/Needs Met
    • Printable PDF: List of Feelings/Needs Not Met
    • Printable PDF: List of Needs and Values
    • 3.2 What Empathy Isn't
    • 3.3 How to Calm the Brain
    • 3.4 Providing Empathy With Full Body Attention
  • 04
    4 Providing Trauma Informed Care
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    • Printable PDF: What is Trauma Informed Care (TIC)?
    • 4.1 What is Trauma Informed Care?
    • Printable PDF: Biodynamic Care and Counseling
    • 4.2 Contagious Trauma
    • ACA Fact Sheet: Vicarious Trauma
    • 4.3 Where Biodynamic Care and Trauma Informed Care Meet
    • 4.4 Using Biodynamic Care to Provide Trauma Informed Care
    • 4.5 Role Play
    • 4.6 Role-Play Reflections
    • 4.7 Designing Clinical Spaces to Foster a Sense of Safety
    • 4.8 Using Individualized Care to Provide Trauma Informed Care
    • 4.9 Elements of Trauma Informed Care Specific to Postpartum
    • 4.10 Harmful Responses
    • 4.11 Helpful Behavior
  • 05
    Discussion, Post-tests, and CE Certificates
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    • Questions for Celeste and Holly?
    • Evaluation Questions
    • IBLCE Post-Test and CERP Certificate
    • MEAC Post-Test and CE Certificate

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