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Separation from Abusive Families: Systems, Safety, Stigma, and Support

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$60.00 – $70.00

This Training is Part of Our Alumni Professional Workshop Series

Due to health and safety precautions with Covid-19, this 2-hour workshop will be virtual.


Many people coping with trauma have experienced abuse or neglect inflicted by family members, enduring the complex betrayal of being hurt by people they are dependent on for attachment and survival.  These complexities are often misunderstood, stigmatized, or overlooked by helping professionals, healthcare systems, and even survivors themselves.  To help repair the impact of relational trauma, we must deepen our understanding of the search for safety, connection, cultural identity, and support outside of one’s family of origin.

Drawing from research on estrangement, attachment, and loss, as well as personal and clinical insights, we will explore the resistance and resiliency of both client and clinician in navigating the multifaceted process of separating from abusive family members.

Participants will:

  • Identify the unique challenges facing people navigating separation from abusive families
  • Apply knowledge of the emotional impact of abuse in a familial context to the treatment of people with complex trauma
  • Recognize the impact on clinicians working with people who are attached to abusers


Fee: $70/$60, includes 3 CEUs (available to LSWs/LCSWs, LPCs/LCPCs, LMFTs, PhDs and PsyDs).  A limited number of partial scholarships are available. 


You will receive a zoom link and an outline one day prior to the workshop date.

Facilitated by Heather Pierce, MSEd, LCPC

Heather Pierce is the Founder and Managing Director of Steadfast Center, a trauma-informed group private practice dedicated to healing emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.  As a trauma therapist she works towards restoring hope and creating lasting change in people impacted by victimization and neglect. She is a respected leader, published author, and engaging speaker, presenting to local and national audiences on a range of topics that honor the impact of trauma on both helping professionals and the people they serve.

Heather completed a two-year fellowship in the feminist-relational treatment of trauma at Womencare Counseling and Training Center in 2015.

About Our Alumni Professional Workshop Series

Through our postgraduate fellowship program, Womencare works closely with some of the most talented emerging trauma therapists .  The alumni of this program go on to make profound contributions, not only to the healing work of their clients and communities, but also to the field of trauma therapy. 

This winter we are showcasing the collective talent and expertise of some of our fellowship alumni: Becky Jenkins, LCSW, Te’Aira Malone, LCPC, ICDVP, Heather Pierce, LCPC, Tovah Means, LMFT, and Mary Clarke, PhD, LCPC.

These therapists offer four workshops aimed at honoring the challenges and advancing the growth of trauma therapists in our field. 

Heather Pierce – Separation from Abusive Families: Systems, Safety, Stigma, and Support (February 1)

Mary ClarkeVicarious Resilience and Transformation (February 8)

Tovah MeansBecoming More Human: Embodying Humanity in Trauma Treatment (February 15)

Becky Jenkins and Te’Aira MaloneSurviving Agency Work as a BIPOC Professional (February 22)

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute or request a refund.  All refund requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the event and are subject to an administrative charge of $30.  Alternatively, you may transfer your full registration fee to a future workshop without penalty.  Cancellation and transfer requests made less than one week prior to event will not be honored and registration fee will be forfeited.  Requests must be emailed to [email protected] and will not be accepted by phone.  



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Alumni Workshop Series - Heather Pierce
$ 70.00
Alumni Workshop Series - Heather Pierce - Restorative justice discount for BIPOCs (if you do not identify as a person of color please do not select this option)
$ 60.00


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$60.00 – $70.00
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