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E1: The Importance of Community and Connection in Healing Trauma

In this workshop, we will discuss how early experiences and attachment affect brain development and set the relational template for life. Recovery from abuse, neglect, and trauma is all about healing relationships, rebuilding trust, confidence, and a sense of security. We will discuss the challenges and barriers related to building healthy attachments as well as strategies and interventions informed by the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics to promote healing and recovery.

Approved by DCS for Foster Care Parent Hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the significance of healthy attachment and how trauma impacts brain development
  • Understand the role and importance of relational connection to healing trauma
  • Learn strategies based on NMT to foster and develop healthy healing relationships with youth in foster care and congregate care settings

Presenter Bios:

Emily Lindley has over 12 years of experience in child welfare working with traumatized youth. She has an MA in Forensic Psychology and an MA in Professional Counseling. Emily is a Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate in the State of Colorado. She is certified in Family Centered Treatment and the Supervision of Family Centered Treatment. Emily has completed Phase 1 & 2 certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Megan Murphy has over 10 years’ experience working in social services and mental health. She has an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. Megan has worked in both residential and community[1]based settings. Megan is currently in Phase 1 training of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Megan has advanced training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, Family Centered Treatment, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.



Emily Lindley, MA, LPC-C, CSAYC & Megan Murphy, MA, LMHC