Touch a Life... Impact a Lifetime

A Trauma-informed Touch Therapy Workshop

The neurobiology, psychology and emotion of touch


Join Us Saturday July 21, 2018 Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas NV

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Carolyn Guenther Molloy LMT, CIMI

Carolyn Guenther Molloy is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Education Consultant for Caring Essentials Collaborative. She has worked in the field of neonatal and high-risk antepartum massage therapy and education for over 25 years and has published several articles on the benefits of massage therapy to the hospitalized patient. She is the Co-creator and Director of the Tender Touch Program in the level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care unit for St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, MO, and she provides massage therapy to the Maternal-Fetal Specialists staff at the Shawnee Mission Health Birth Center in Shawnee Mission Kansas.


This two part workshop provides learners with the fundamentals of touch in an engaging, evidence-based morning session and then transitions into an afternoon session where learners discover the practical relevance of trauma-informed touch in the NICU along with effective strategies and techniques to teach, mentor, and support parents in the incredibly role validating experience of touching and comforting their hospitalized newborn infant.

Participation in the afternoon session (or Part 2) requires attendance at the morning session (Part 1) 



1230-1330: Evidence based touch and massage therapy

  • General guidelines
  • Contraindications

1330-1430: Massage Therapy techniques

  • Preparing for massage
  • Side-lying position
  • Supine position

1430-1445: BREAK

1445-1515: Adaptations for special circumstances

  • The Infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  • The Medically Fragile Infant

1515-1545: Parent Teaching Methods

  • Competency-based (return demonstration)
  • Class format ideas

1545-1615: Critical thinking: touch therapy continuum

1615-1630: Wrap-up

  • Questions
  • Answers
  • Action plans


Morning SESSION 0800Am-1200pm PDT

0800-0815: Welcome

0815-0915: Introduction to the largest human organ; the skin

  • Physiology and neurobiology of skin
  • Stress and stress responses, sympathetic, parasympathetic, polyvagal theory
  • Impact of stress on somatic memory
  • Types of touch

0915-1015: Psychology of touch

  • Effects of maternal separation
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • Attunement between infant, parent, caregivers

1015-1030: BREAK

1030-1130: Emotion of touch

  •  Emotional impact of prematurity/hospitalization
  • Critical importance of bonding and attachment
  • Mindful caregiving

 1130-1200: Wrap-up

  • Questions
  • Answers
  • Commitment to mindful caregiving

The Morning Session is awarded 4 continuing education credits for nurses; The full day session is awarded 8 continuing education credits for nurses in accordance with 244 CMR 5.04 Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing


Morning Session Tuition - $75.00 USD


Full Day Workshop Tuition - $125.00 USD

This is not a certification program - this workshop focuses on expanding and enriching the clinicians knowledge base regarding the importance of trauma-informed touch in human development and prepares the clinician to teach, mentor and support parents in providing comforting touch to their infant


Suggested hotel accommodations

  JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa     221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa  

221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

  Red Rock Casino & Resort   11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Red Rock Casino & Resort

11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135