Nervous System Informed Certification Program

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When You Become Nervous System Informed You Are Investing in Personal and Professional Growth

The certification program is divided into three courses and levels of learning. Each course prepares you towards certification and application of the material learned. I am committed to providing you with a learning atmosphere that builds your confidence and competency to integrate nervous system informed care into your practice.

  • Level I: Foundations to Nervous System Informed Care Course

  • Level I is a stand alone course providing you with foundational knowledge about nervous system informed care, birth trauma, maternal mental health, and recovery

  • Level II: Integration and Skill Building Course

  • Level II assists you in integrating, embodying, and preparing to apply the knowledge learned in Level I. Together, we dive deeper into the concepts presented in Level I.

  • Level III: Application and Certification Course

  • Level III focuses on application and hands on mentorship to ensure you can embody the concepts with success. Once completed, you will be granted certification as a Nervous System Informed Care Provider.

Hello, Nice to Meet You!

As your guide into the territory of trauma and nervous system informed soul care, I would like to introduce myself...

Jennifer Summerfeldt

MACP; CCC

Jennifer is a trauma-informed psychotherapist with 20 years of experience in the field of maternal health and psychology studies. Jennifer holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology and certificates in Trauma Recovery and Grief Support Counselling. She was a student of traditional direct-entry midwifery for many years. Jennifer is the author of two published books: Healing After Birth and Midwifery for The Soul. As the CEO (Chief Empathy Officer) of ASK Therapy for Moms www.therapyformoms.ca, Jennifer spends most of her time mentoring her team of exceptional perinatal mental health therapists. She is a mother of two young adult sons and a teen daughter. Jennifer loves to be inspired by the beautiful of the natural world.

Course Content

  • 1
  • 2

    Course Orientation

    • Welcome Message

    • Course Overview

    • Community Guidelines

    • Activity: Course Intentions

    • Reflective Questions

    • Module Checklist

  • 3

    Module 1: An Intro to Trauma and Nervous System Informed Birth Care

    • Welcome Message

    • Learning Objectives

    • NSI + Trauma Informed Birth Care (Video)

    • Presentation Slides (PDF)

    • Journal Exercise

    • Assignment

    • Module One Quiz

    • Module Checklist

  • 4

    Module 2: Trauma Stewardship and The Birth Keeper

    • Learning Objectives

    • Trauma Stewardship Introduction

    • Presentation Slides

    • Trauma Stewardship Article

    • Trauma Stewardship: Risks and Benefits

    • Signs and Symptoms of Burnout - Handout

    • Trauma Steward Declaration

    • Reflective Questions

    • Module Assignment

    • Module Checklist

  • 5

    Module 3: Neurobiology 101

    • An Overview of Nervous System Informed Care

    • Reflective Questions for Module Three

  • 6

    Module 4: What is Trauma?

    • Reflective Questions for Module Four

  • 7

    Module 5: Childbirth Trauma and Maternal Mental Health

    • Reflective Questions for Module Five

  • 8

    Module 6: A Healing Road Map for Recovery

    • Reflective Questions for Module Six

A Bit About Me ...

I am passionate about teaching about the nervous system and trauma-informed care because I have been through the muck and yuck of restoring my heart, mind, and soul back to health personally and professionally. And I want this for you!

Here is the truth, I was taken down fast and hard by the symptoms of compassion fatigue (burnout) as a practicing psychotherapist. Forced to stop everything. That meant I stopped seeing clients, stopped attending births, stopped being creative, stopped building a business, stopped writing and I stopped generating an income to care for my family. 

Not only was I physically sick due to a compromised immune system, I was forced to look at the remaining unresolved trauma from my past that was contributing to the crash.

I was officially SOUL sick (for the second time around). 

I knew that the terms: compassion fatigue and burnout, did not do justice to what I was experiencing. As a trauma-informed Psychotherapist and previously, a practicing Doula, I had held a lot and witnessed a lot. 

Like you, I thought I was invincible to what I was witnessing, hearing, and holding within the birthing territory.

I believed that if I was serving and living my passion that I would have unlimited energetic resources and thus, could handle anything and everything - Can you relate? 

Well, I was wrong. 

A traumatic injury, when left unresolved, depletes you (to be frank, it guts you) of vital life force.

I learned that as a helping professional I am not magically protected from 'catching' a traumatic stress injury - nor are you. 

Worse off, because I had already healed from PTSD, I had a vulnerable nervous system. Like with any injury, if you jump back in too fast, too soon, you are at risk of re-injuring. 

This is exactly what happened to me: I dove in too fast and too soon, without nourishing my energy reserves. 

And the result? 

A collapse of the nervous system, immune system, mental system, heart system, and SOUL system. 

Burnout is a nice word that softens the blow of how debilitating traumatic stress injuries can be. 

Look, I really don't want you to be gutted emotionally, energetically, financially, relationally, and soulfully. So why wait until the symptoms are bad enough for you to 'relate' to what I went through? 

Start now, by learning how to prevent a traumatic stress injuries from setting in for both yourself and your clients! 

I have poured my knowledge, wisdom and soul into developing trauma-informed SOUL care programs and a Deep Dive Signature System that not only teaches you about trauma-informed soul care, but supports you to do the deep work to nourish, strengthen, and replenish your inner reserves so that you can continue to hold space for birth. 

If you want to learn more about my journey and professional credentials CLICK HERE >

What You Can Expect

When you join the Level I: Foundations course you are embarking on a journey for both personal and professional development

  • Six postsecondary level modules released every two weeks

  • A private forum moderated by Jennifer for deeper inquiry and case consultation

  • Course activities to facilitate integration of the content and build confidence

  • Monthly LIVE Q&A Calls with Jennifer

  • Access to 1:1 coaching with Jennifer at a reduced session rate

  • Completion of Level I grants you access to certification course

Words of Affirmation

Below are testimonials from previous participants

“The Sacred Story Keeper was somehow more than I anticipated it would be (and I had high expectations to begin with). I will use the tools and insight that I obtained so far not only in my doula practice, but when listening to the stories of trauma outside of birth.”

Sacred Story Keeper Member

“Learning about trauma-informed care one thing, unpacking your own story so you can be emotionally balanced for your kids and clients is very different. The in person portion allowed for a deeper invitation to unpacking my own trauma and recognizing the barriers and challenges our own clients may be experiencing when being faced with their own story. ”

Sacred Story Keeper Member

“Every type of birth and postpartum worker and persons who support families in these spaces, would both personally and professionally benefit from this program. I found so many aspects that will help me both personally and professionally. The in person portion and the people we met, and conversations we had, were absolutely invaluable. Jennifers vast knowledge in the area of trauma informed care is incredible to listen and witness, and be a part of her learning. ”

Sacred Story Keeper Member

“The Sacred Story Keeper workshop and training has helped me on a personal level to work through trauma and has given me the tools and resources to support my clients in my work as a Doula.”

Sacred Story Keeper Member

“I look forward to Jennifer’s mentorship as I work towards embodying the skills of a Sacred Story Keeper. Being able to listen deeply to families throughout the pivotal life event of birth, no matter how it played out, is support that is truly needed.”

Sacred Story Keeper Member

“The Sacred Story Keeper program has deepened my ‘head knowledge’ of trauma and has given me ‘body knowledge’ and experiential tools that I can bring directly and immediately into my acupuncture and doula practice. Jennifer is a gem - a true treasure in the birth world - and to learn from her in person has been a gift”

Sacred Story Keeper Member
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