The Foundation Trust invites community members to an evening with Dr. Jana Pressley, Psy.D., and Kaitlyn Wilson, LISCW, as they share a new resource: “Turning the Tide: Parenting in the Wake of Past Trauma.” The event will take place on Thursday, September 29 from 7-8:30pm at the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street in Medford. Light refreshments will be served.
For adults who are living with the painful effects of their own childhood environment and upbringing, becoming a parent and/or becoming a caregiver to a child may introduce a variety of new emotional and functional challenges. This community event, part of the 2022 Foundation Trust Speaker Series, will offer suggestions and tools to support parents and other caregivers in building self-awareness and self-compassion as they navigate their parenting journeys.
“Parenthood challenges can be further exacerbated for trauma survivors, because there’s an added layer of past traumatic experiences that can make reactions or activities feel outside of our control. It is important for us to show people that what happened to them in the past does not have to dictate the relationship they have with their children,” said Dr. Jana Pressley.
“The event will explore the potential growth and resilience a survivor can have within their parenting journey. By honoring and acknowledging their past and obtaining new insights and skills, they can gain the confidence needed to parent in the wake of childhood trauma,” shared Kaitlyn Wilson, LICSW.
The event will also be an opportunity to visit the Spinazzola Family Counseling Room, a dedicated space in the new Medford Public Library that can be used by area social workers, psychologists, and related professionals to meet community-based counseling needs.
RSVP for this free event at: https://medfordlibrary.org/event/turning-the-tide-parenting-in-the-wake-of-trauma/