The Neurobiology of Trauma and Attachment - Why pregnancy is an
About the speaker
Jan Ference, BEd, MS in Counselling, IPMHF (Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellow)
Jan has spent her entire career working with at-risk children. She completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Victoria, and got her first teaching job in an inner city school. She quickly realized that she wanted to know more about the social emotional well-being of the complex children she was teaching. She completed a Master’s in Counselling at the University of Portland. About seven years ago while managing a behavior resource department for a school district, her colleague suggested she attend a three-day workshop on trauma, and that was Jan’s first exposure to Dr. Bruce Perry’s model. From that day on, she was inspired to change her practice and the systems that serve the most vulnerable children. Jan was lucky enough to work for two years at the NMT (neuromuscular therapy) Canadian flagship agency, Hull Services, in Calgary, Alberta. She had the honour to work as the Clinical Director, and focus on the implementation of NMT in an in-patient setting.
As of April 1, 2016, she has been leading a specialized, early intervention, trauma team. This team has had inspiring outcomes working intensely with women in the perinatal period who have opioid use challenges. They have been able to facilitate community system change based on the rich learnings gained from the perinatal work.
Lastly, Jan has completed an Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship through University of California. This fellowship has been life changing, as the knowledge and understanding of early care giving experiences is the key to understanding all life experiences that follow.