How Children Heal From Stress and Trauma

How Children Heal From Stress and Trauma


West Des Moines, IA - June 13th, 2020

(registration deadline June 11th, 2020)

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Stress and trauma early in life can alter children's neurobiological systems and lead to anxiety, behavior problems, hyperactivity, attachment disorders, sleep problems, learning difficulties, depression, and physical illnesses. Luckily, children know how to heal from trauma if we give them the opportunity. We will review the major sources and symptoms of stress and trauma during infancy and early childhood, and discuss the conditions required for children to restore emotional health. The focus will be on creating emotional safety and facilitating children's spontaneous stress-release mechanisms of crying, play, and laughter.

This workshop is for parents as well as professionals (teachers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, doctors, nurses, social workers, etc.). The information applies to children from birth to age 12. The full day (about eight hours) includes six hours of workshop time, short morning and afternoon breaks, and a longer lunch break. The workshop includes some small-group exercises and time for questions.


  1. Identify the sources and symptoms of stress and trauma in children.

  2. Describe the basic psychological and physiological processes involved in hyper-arousal and dissociation. 

  3. Understand the three basic principles required for healing from emotional trauma.

  4. Recognize the healing effects of crying, laughter, and specific kinds of play.

  5. Implement therapeutic techniques to facilitate emotional healing with stressed or traumatized children.


8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 Session 1
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:15 Session 2
12:15 - 1:45 Lunch
1:45 - 3:15 Session 3
3:15 - 3:30: Break
3:30 - 5:00 Session 4

About the Presenter:

Aletha Solter is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist, author of five books, and founder of The Aware Parenting Institute. She studied with Dr. Jean Piaget in Switzerland, where she obtained a Master's degree in human biology. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California. Dr. Solter is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has given talks and led workshops for parents and professionals in 17 countries. She lives in southern California and is the mother of two grown children. 

The titles of her books are: The Aware Baby, Cooperative and Connected, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play. For more information about her work, please visit the Aware Parenting Institute website:


The Training Room at Colony Park
3737 Woodland Ave. Suite 620
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


Aware Parenting: 6 hours
CE Classes: 6 hours (pending)

Cancellation Policy:

We will allow refunds up to the registration deadline of to event minus a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellations after the registration deadline of the event will be non-refundable. 


ADA Assistance:

This event is held in a facility that is compliant with the Americans Disabilities Act.

Please contact us if special accommodation is required.