Upcoming PATTCh Webinars & Events

Healing Traumatic Birth: Tools and Techniques from Psychodrama, Dance and the Expressive Arts

Feb 9, 9AM - 12PM PST

About the Workshop:

Birthing people, their family members, and the providers attending them can all suffer when a birth becomes traumatic. Remembering that trauma is experienced in the contexts of body and mind, memory, history, and hope – we know that each individual may have multiple needs for healing. Experiential and expressive approaches offer an opportunity for stand-alone or complementary therapies that can benefit each person according to their unique experience and needs.

Our series of presentations will explore the wide variety of experiential and expressive approaches to helping clients and providers heal and provide self-care around traumatic and challenging births.

CEUs available; PMH-C CEUs available (Perinatal mental health certificate)

About the Presenters

Leslie Butterfield PATTCh Board

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Dr. Leslie Butterfield is a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal loss, the transition to parenthood, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), recovery from traumatic birth, NICU stays, and parenting medically fragile infants. Additionally, she offers therapeutic and training services to health care providers in the childbirth community. Dr. Butterfield has traveled both nationally and internationally in her capacity as a consultant, offering services to a variety of medical and mental health organizations, including University of Washington Infant Palliative Care Unit, Midwifery Association of Washington State, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nursing, KK Women and Children’s Hospital of Singapore, Perinatal Psychiatry Seminars in Turkey and France, and YANMA Parenting Academy in China. She is an approved trainer for Perinatal Support - Washington and Postpartum Support International. In her capacity as an educator, Leslie has designed and taught the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University Department of Midwifery for the past 26 years. She is past Chairwoman of Perinatal Support – WA and the past President of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) and remains active on the boards of both organizations.


Sharon Itkoff Nacache, ATR-BC LCAT LPAT PMH-C

Sharon Itkoff Nacache ATR-BC LCAT LPAT PMH-C is a perinatal mental health certified art psychotherapist with 13 years of clinical experience in both the public and private sectors, with a special focus on supporting caregivers. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in principles of cultural humility, humanism, and the healing power of an empathic creative process. She has a virtual practice serving NY & NJ.


Gabrielle Kaufman, MA,LPCC,BC-DMT,NCC,PMH-C

Gabrielle is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor with over 25 years experience in the healing profession. Currently, she is clinical director of Maternal Mental Health NOW. Prior to this, she served as director of the New Moms Connect Program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles providing services to new parents, particularly those suffering from symptoms of postpartum depression. Ms. Kaufman has worked extensively with new families and aided in providing solutions to many parenting concerns. She has run several programs for high-risk children and teens, taught classes to parents of newborns and toddlers, and runs support groups for single parents and women with postpartum depression. Ms. Kaufman has spoken widely, published articles on mental health and parenting, and served as editor for Bringing Light to Motherhood. She is on faculty of PSI/2020 Mom and the UCLArts and Healing Institute and Drexel University. Gabrielle serves on the advisory boards for Hasidah, an organization helping families struggling with fertility and Love, Dad, a non-profit supporting fatherhood. She has served as Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International has a private practice in Los Angeles providing services in both English and Spanish languages.

Muna Bashir PATTCh Board

Moderator - Muna Bashir

Muna Bashir has been providing professional support and coaching to childbearing families and birth professionals for the past 20 years in diverse maternal-child health settings, both domestically and internationally. She has developed intrapartum tools to facilitate more effective communication between patients and clinicians during facility-based birth.

Muna is passionate about optimizing the perinatal care experience - especially among marginalized groups. She is also interested in conducting research that helps promote the implementation of better health systems, services, and their delivery.

PATTCh's mission is to expand awareness & advance knowledge about traumatic birth and its adverse impact on all childbearing people & babies. *Recordings will be made available to all registrants.

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