Parenting with PTSD:  Breaking the Cycle without Falling Apart

This event happened on December 16, 2016 thanks to Riverside Trauma. I’m so grateful that they sought out and were interested in the perspective of a trauma survivor who is a parent, writer and shares from a first-person perspective. It’s so rare and what so many of us have craved. I’ll share here what this conference was about and am working on another post of the experience of the conference.

Training Perspectives:

How do adults abused as children go on to become effective parents? The author speaks from a combination of personal and professional experiences as writer, mother, reporter, parent via adoption and trauma survivor. For most of her adult life she’s been exploring how to live, love and parent well after being raised in hell. She shares data, stories, insights and a surprisingly upbeat and humorous perspective of parenthood and adult life after adverse childhood experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the ACE Study and how it can be a useful tool in working with parents who have a trauma history
  • Discuss the specific and daily challenges those parenting with post-traumatic stress experience
  • Identify 3 strategies for supporting parents with PTSD

Geared Towards
This talk is geared to mental health clinicians, but would also be valuable to family partners, outreach workers, school personnel, health professionals, child welfare workers, and others.

Christine “Cissy” White is a writer, health activist, trauma survivor, mother, and founder of the Heal Write Now Center ( She’s been published in major media, including The Boston Globe, Ms. Magazine online, and Spirituality & Health magazine. Her work focuses on adverse childhood experiences, traumatic stress, and the long-term health and well-being of trauma survivors. She blends research, interviews, and personal experience to create powerful presentations. She’s a contributing writer for the book Trigger Points Anthology: Abuse Survivors Experiences of Parenting.

You Matter Mantras

  • Trauma sucks. You don't.
  • Write to express not to impress.
  • It's not trauma informed if it's not informed by trauma survivors.
  • Breathing isn't optional.

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