Mon, Feb 27|
Virtual Zoom Event
Trauma Informed Parenting
Being a parent or caregiver is not easy. Stress and trauma can feel like a barrier to good parenting. In this workshop, Hala Khouri, a trauma specialist and parent, will share trauma informed framework for parenting and caregiving that can support you to care for yourself and those who depend on you
Time & Location
Feb 27, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Virtual Zoom Event
About the Event
Trauma Informed, Embodied Parenting and Caregiving (Davon Center)
A support workshop for parents and caregivers navigating the complexities of raising kids
Being a parent or caregiver is not easy. We are all doing our best to raise children with
empathy and compassion. Stress and trauma can feel like a barrier to good parenting. In this
workshop, Hala Khouri, a trauma specialist, and parent, will share with you a trauma informed
framework for parenting and caregiving that can support you to care for yourself and those
who depend on you.
Our trauma and pain don’t have to break us, they can also be the source of our empathy and
strength. Join Hala for an experiential workshop where she will offer some tangible tools to
support your own health and growth so you can cope and face whatever challenges life puts in
front of you.
Some concept that we will discuss and explore together are:
Self-awareness is key. Most of the time when we are upset at our kids it has to do with
our own fears and insecurities. Embodied parenting is about being connected to our
own sensations, emotions and impulses so we know what we are bringing to our
interactions with our children and not letting our unconscious stuff cloud our
perceptions and actions.
Developmental Psychology 101- understanding some foundational concepts around
how our kids are developing can provide some context for their behavior. This can help
us be more empathetic and less frustrated when they are exhibiting age-appropriate
behavior that is challenging.
The importance of mirroring- our kids need us to see them- not save them! We’ll learn
simple, age-appropriate mirroring techniques that can help settle and build connection
whether you’re dealing with an angry toddler or an indignant teen.
The power of discomfort. Kids need to be uncomfortable, it’s how they grow. Yet our
impulse is to shield them from pain- of course it is! When we protect them too much, or
too little, they can’t thrive. Understanding what is traumatic and what is not, can help
guide our decisions.
Community. The model of the nuclear family is an extension of rugged individualism.
We cannot parent without community to hold us. This looks different for everyone and
each of us can work towards building a web of support in our own way. For caregivers
who have kids with mental health issues, this includes having quality mental health care
for the whole family as well as community support.
Hala Khouri, M.A., SEP, E-RYT (she/her), is a sought-after speaker and
trainer on the topic of trauma informed care, embodied social justice,
trauma informed education and resilience. She has been teaching yoga
and movement for over 25 years and has been doing clinical work and
trainings for 15 years. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Hala has
dedicated her life to the study of trauma, justice and building
resilience. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University
and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Community
Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Hala is also trained in
Somatic Experiencing , a body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve
trauma and its symptoms.
Hala is a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World , a training
organization that bridges yoga and activism within a social justice
framework and an Adjunct Professor at Pitzer College. She leads
Collective Resilience trauma informed yoga and somatics trainings
nationally. Hala also trains direct service providers and educators to be
trauma informed and culturally responsive. She leads a monthly,
online membership program called Radical Wellbeing which supports
people through embodied practices and community building. She is the
author of Peace from Anxiety: Get Grounded, Build Resilience and Stay
Connected Amidst the Chaos (Shambhala). She lives in Venice, CA
with her husband and two sons.