Trainings for Professionals


Upcoming Trainings:


I believe it is incredibly important to support pregnant women who are childhood sexual abuse or other trauma survivors in healing their past and preparing for their birth / motherhood journey in a meaningful and intentional way.  Although addressing a history of abuse or trauma may not seem like what your clients envision doing during their pregnancy, for a survivor to use this transformative time in her life to heal and prevent further traumatization can be life-altering for her as a woman and a mother.  To that end, one of the ways I support women in this healing work is through facilitating trainings for professionals who serve pregnant, birthing, and postpartum women…

 

In 2011, Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, MFT — practitioners who have been working with pregnant survivors for decades and who brought this issue to the forefront — invited me to become an official From Trauma to Triumph trainer.  I jumped at the opportunity to participate in their training intensive, and ultimately train other professionals on how they can effectively support pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors.


If you are a professional who works with women, you no doubt encounter childhood sexual abuse survivors on a regular basis.  The statistics, although quite disheartening, report that one in three girls is sexually abused as a child.  This means that approximately 1/3 of the women in your practice are childhood sexual abuse survivors.  This is clearly not a small proportion, and therefore calls on every professional working with women to educate themselves on how to better support their trauma survivor clients.


We all know that pregnancy, birth, and new motherhood can be incredibly vulnerable times in a woman’s life.  The good news is with that vulnerability also comes an opportunity for transformation.
  As you learn more about working with survivors you can become a part of how and why a woman heals.  You will learn how to identify and work with  survivors in a supportive and healing way.  Your care for survivors will improve and you will be able to serve your clients/patients with more ease.  The From Trauma to Triumph trainings I offer can range from one-hour intensives on a certain topic related to working with survivors to two-day advanced trainings.  Topics can include:

 

    • Definitions/prevalence of childhood sexual abuse
    • Neurological impact of abuse on a child
    • Impact of childhood sexual abuse/trauma on pregnancy
    • Impact of childhood sexual abuse/trauma on labor and birth
    • Impact of childhood sexual abuse/trauma on postpartum and breastfeeding
    • Connections between childhood trauma and domestic violence
    • Potential triggers/themes for a childhood sexual abuse/trauma survivor
    • Reflective listening/communication skills
    • Why and how not to ask a woman about a history of trauma
    • Coping strategies to assist your client/patient
    • Power differentials in maternity care
    • Potential for retraumatization vs. repatterning
    • Postpartum mood disorders and their connection to previous trauma
    • Birth trauma treatment and prevention
    • Self-care and vicarious traumatization prevention
    • Case studies and videos of working with survivor clients
    • Trauma survivor consultation facilitation practice


If there is a specific topic you do not see listed here, but would like to find out if I can facilitate a training on, please Contact Me.  

 

I most commonly facilitate a four-hour Foundational Training and/or a two-day Advanced Training.  If you are considering attending one of these, here is some additional information about which training is most appropriate for your learning objectives:

I have honed the information in the Foundational Training down to the most important pieces of information for any practitioner serving pregnant or birthing women; this typically includes doulas, midwives, doctors, nurses, childbirth educators, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, yoga instructors, and more.  Please note that the Foundational Training, due to time constraints, does not address much about the postpartum period, so if you are a postpartum practitioner the Advanced Training would be more suited to your work.  The Advanced Training is for professionals who want to delve into how to better support their pregnant, birthing, and postpartum clients, including being able to facilitate consultations for sexual abuse, sexual assault, and birth trauma survivors.  This training is usually most appropriate for doulas, midwives, psychotherapists, social workers, or anyone who is looking to significantly improve their skills in serving survivors.


The Foundational Training (in-person or video), costs $75. If after attending/downloading a Foundational Training, you realize that you want more training in working with trauma survivors, please return to this page to see if there is an Advanced Training planned in your area, and then contact me for a code to receive $75 off the Advanced Training registration cost.


As with all of my trainings,  I offer CEU’s for both the Foundational and Advanced Training.

 

Please refer to the list at the top of this page for more information on my upcoming trainings or  Contact Me if you would like to discuss organizing a From Trauma to Triumph training in your area.    I look forward to helping you bring new awareness and sensitivity to the women you serve.

 

Previous Trainings:

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training – May 2016 in Denver, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training – March 2016 in Tulsa, OK
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – March 2016 in Santa Fe, NM
  • Colorado Doulas Association Annual Conference Breakout Session – November 2015 in Denver, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – October 2015 in Boulder, CO
  • WINGS Foundation Conference – September 2015 in Denver, CO
  • JOY of Collaboration Conference – June 2015 in Boulder, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Advanced Training – May 2015 in Boulder, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – April 2015 in Boulder, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – January 2015 in Boulder, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – April 2014 in Lafayette, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training – February 2014 in Lafayette, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – January 2014 in Lafayette, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – November 2013 in Lafayette, CO
  • Colorado Doulas Association Annual Conference Featured Speaker – November 2013 in Denver, CO
  •  From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training – October 2013 in Boulder, CO
  • Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network – September 2013 in Yuma, AZ & Flagstaff, AZ
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – May 2013 in Lafayette, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – April 2013 in Boulder, CO
  • Jefferson County Nurse Family Partnership/WINGS Foundation – January 2013 in Denver, CO
  • Boulder Valley Women’s Health – January 2013 in Boulder, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – October 2012 in Boulder, CO
  • La Leche League of CO/WY Leaders Retreat – October 2012 in Denver, CO
  • Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault Webinar – September 2012  
  • Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference – June 2012 in Vail, CO
  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Training – April 2012 in Boulder, CO