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Connection and Compassion



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Connection and Compassion

The focus of this training will be strengthening connections between caregivers and children. We will discuss ways that trauma impacts relationships and the importance of supporting caregivers. We will practice a technique for increasing self-compassion and will engage in discussion about how this practice increases empathy and emotional regulation in families. We will also look at ways of increasing mindfulness in both caregivers and children.


Serena Samaniego, MS, LAC, IMH-E® is a Licensed Associated Counselor and is currently a Child and Family Therapist at Pathways of Arizona. Serena has over 11 years of experience in behavioral health. She is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and is certified in Trauma Focused CBT. She is also endorsed in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health. Serena’s professional interests include helping children and families who have experienced trauma reconnect with hope and resiliency as well as promoting the importance of trauma aware communities.

Sara Dominguez is a Licensed Professional Counselor with eight years of experience in the behavioral health field, including six years as a therapist at Pathways of Arizona. She has worked with children and families primarily in the treatment of trauma, and enjoys developing creative approaches to healing. She has been trained as a Child Parent Psychotherapist, a dyadic treatment modality for treating trauma for children from birth to 5. She enjoys learning from each individual and family, and utilizes these collective strengths in her work.

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3950 South Country Club Road


Tucson, AZ 85714

United States

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