Where: Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas NV

When: JaNuary 26-27, 2019

Why: 'To the world you may be one person, but, to one person, you may be the world' - Dr. Seuss

Day 1 - Saturday January 26, 2019


Trauma-informed Touch Therapy Workshop

The neurobiology, psychology and emotion of touch


Carolyn Guenther Molloy LMT, CIMI

Carolyn Guenther Molloy is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Education Consultant for Caring Essentials Collaborative.

Carolyn 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.

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, Ms. Molloy provides massage therapy to the Maternal-Fetal Specialists staff at the Shawnee Mission Health Birth Center in Shawnee Mission Kansas.

Combining research with our understanding of human nature, Ms. Molloy creates a practice that acknowledges the trauma of NICU hospitalization on infants and parents and highlights the biologic necessity of creating and sustaining protective, supportive healing environment through trauma-informed touch.


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.

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


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

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

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

Other disciplines will be provided the necessary documentation to submit for continuing education credit within their unique discipline

Day 2 - Sunday January 27, 2019


Trauma-informed Care Certification Prep Course

Recognizing Excellence in Trauma-informed Caring


Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E

Mary Coughlin is a global leader in neonatal nursing and has pioneered the concept of trauma-informed, neuroprotective care as a biologically relevant paradigm for hospitalized infants, families and professionals.

Ms. Coughlin has over 35 years of nursing experience beginning with her tenure in the US Air Force Nurse Corp and culminating with her current role as Founder and Chief Transformation Officer at Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC.

The certification recognizes excellence in trauma-informed caring across the perinatal continuum and is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration with international, interdisciplinary professionals and subject matter experts passionate about trauma-informed, neuroprotective care. Moving beyond the traditional metric associated with certification, TIC certification acknowledges professionals who ‘walk the talk’ of trauma-informed, neuroprotective care. This credential distinguishes leaders for change who will measurably transform healthcare locally and globally.


This six-hour certification prep course is designed to prepare the learner to successfully apply for the trauma-informed care certification.

The course introduces participants to:

  • the principles and values of trauma-informed care,

  • the application of trauma-informed caring across the perinatal continuum,

  • the domains of knowledge underpinning trauma-informed care certification,

  • and the 8 attributes for the trauma-informed professional

In addition, participants will learn how to build a successful application portfolio and advance across the matrix of mastery in trauma-informed caring through recertification.

0830-0845: Welcome

0845-0930: Trauma-informed Care & Certification

  • Background of the Certification

  • Principles & Values of Trauma-informed Care

  • Implications of Certification for the Patient, the Professional and Healthcare at Large

0930-1015: Trauma-informed Care and the Perinatal Continuum

  • Implications of a Trauma-informed Approach during the Antepartum Period

  • Implications for Trauma-informed Care during the Intrapartum Period

  • Postpartum Implications of Trauma-informed Care for the infant and family

1030-1045: BREAK

1045-1130: Domains of Knowledge for the Trauma-informed Professional

  • Toxic stress and early life adversity

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Core measures for trauma-informed, age-appropriate care

  • Attributes of the trauma-informed professional

1130-1230: Eight Attributes of the Trauma-informed Professional

  • What are the 8 attributes

  • Why these 8 attributes

  • What each attribute looks like in practice

1230-1300: LUNCH (included)

1300-1345: Creating a Successful Portfolio

  • Elements of a Successful Portfolio

  • The Purpose of the Process

  • Expectations & Objectives

1345-1430: Recertification

  • The Matrix of Mastery

  • Leveling up

  • Expectations & Objectives

1430-1500: Wrap-up

  • Questions & Answers

  • Next steps

The certification prep course is awarded 6 continuing education credits for nurses in accordance with 244 CMR 5.04 Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing

Other disciplines will be provided the necessary documentation to submit for continuing education credit within their unique discipline

This is not a certification program

  • thE 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

  • The prep course focuses on preparing professionals interested in pursuing certification in trauma-informed care. This prep course is not a requirement to apply for trauma-informed care certification

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