Conference Presentation by Fawn McCool, LCSW

We are pleased to announce Urban Counseling Collective clinician Fawn McCool, LCSW, will be presenting at this year’s Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture organized by the Oregon chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Conference details below:


Interpersonal Neurobiology of Birth and NICU Trauma

Fawn McCool, MSW, LCSW


After completing my certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) from Portland State University, I set out to apply the concepts to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a setting I know both personally and professionally. As the mother to a premature baby and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have a deep understanding of the impact birth trauma and early maternal separation can have on families.

Interpersonal Neurobiology allows birth professionals insight into the impact trauma has on a patient’s brain and nervous system through scientific and clinical studies.  As specialists, we understand the detrimental impact Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders have on relationships, particularly between caretaker and baby. IPNB not only gives us deeper understanding of the science behind the chemical and neurological changes taking place, but also neuroplasticity and the ability for the mind and body to heal.

This presentation will provide participants with an introduction to concepts such as:

  • Dr. Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal Theory

  • Dr. Dan Siegel's "Brain in the Palm of your Hand" and "Healthy Mind Platter"

  • Dr. Louis Cozolino’s work on the neuroscience of relationships

  • Dr. Jaak Panksepp's Affective Neuroscience 

Attendees will be able to recognize and label relevant parts of the brain and nervous system, and be able to demonstrate and describe this knowledge to patients when relevant. Participants will take away activities and ideas to implement in the setting in which they work to promote neuroplasticity and healing.

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