Pre- and Post-Birth Trauma for Adoptive Parents

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Course length

2 Hours

About the course

This 2-hour on-demand course combines a lecture by Dr. Thibault with a conversation between he and Dr. Porges which takes a polyvagal view of the course material. The course integrates foundational information on pre-birth trauma, including epigenetics, as well as information on the sensitive period of attachment post-birth. Tenets of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Polyvagal Theory are taught within a framework geared to helping adoptive parents better understand managing attachment and developmental trauma. Highly informative for both professionals in the field as well as for parents.

Instructor Information:


Norman E. Thibault, PhD, LMFT

Norman Thibault, PhD, LMFT is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh), a national and international coalition of parents, caregivers and professionals working to give all communities the support they need to make healing children more hopeful and more effective. Norm is a certified instructor of Attachment and Trauma-Focused Family Therapy. He is a former President of the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (UAMFT) and servedon their Board of Directors for eight years. He also served as a Field Trial Clinician in creating the current DSM-V. In 2012, Norm was the recipient of the UAMFT Distinguished Leadership Award for his service to therapists in Utah, and he was the 2017 Vilardi Humanitarian Award recipient of the American Adoption Congress. Norm is a Founding Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Three Points Center, a residential treatment facility exclusive to adopted adolescents and their families. 


Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is also the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™, which is used by therapists to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.