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Jodi Hall

Unpacking the concept of “Holding Space”: Beyond rhetoric toward action in supporting survivors of trauma in the childbearing years

  • Speaker: Jodi Hall , PhD, Professor, Full-Spectrum Doula
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

The concept of “Holding Spaces” is often used to frame the way individuals enter into and bear witness to the stories, often of suffering, of others. How does this concept get enacted in a practical sense, what does it look like, sound like, feel like to hold space? How does the concept of holding space relate to trauma informed care? In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the principles of trauma informed care in a clinical context. A review of various approaches to holding spaces will be presented, including the emergence of the concept, range of applications, and common elements that are present across environments. Lastly, through a trauma informed lens, practices that enhance safety will be highlighted in moments when we “hold space” with our clients.