Trainings

Upcoming Trainings:​

 

​In 2011, Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, MFT -- practitioners who have been working with pregnant childhood sexual abuse survivors for more than three decades and who brought this issue to the forefront -- invited me to become a From Trauma to Triumph: When Survivors Give Birth Certified 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.

We all know that pregnancy, birth, and parenthood can be incredibly vulnerable times in someone's life.  The good news is that with vulnerability also comes an opportunity for transformation.  As you learn more about working with survivors you can become a part of how and why your clients or patients heal.  You will learn how to identify and work with childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and birth trauma survivors in a supportive way.  Your care for your clients and patients will improve and you will be able to serve them with more ease.  The From Trauma to Triumph: When Survivors Give Birth trainings I offer range from one-hour intensives on a specific topic related to working with survivors to two-day Advanced Trainings, which prepare you to facilitate abuse and birth trauma survivor consultations with your clients.  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 someone about a history of trauma

  • Coping strategies to improve your client or patient's birth experience

  • 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 discuss including in a training, please contact me.  


For a current list of upcoming trainings please refer to the list at the top of this page or contact me if you would like to discuss organizing a From Trauma to Triumph: When Survivors Give Birth training in your area. I look forward to helping you bring new awareness and sensitivity to the client  you serve.

Previous Trainings:

  • When Survivors Give Birth Advanced & Educator Training (assisting Penny & Phyllis) - October 2019 in Seattle, WA

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training - March 2019 in Denver, CO

  • When Survivors Give Birth Advanced & Educator Training (assisting Penny & Phyllis) - October 2018 in Seattle, WA

  • From Trauma to Triumph Doula Training -  June 2018 at Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago, IL

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training - March 2018 in Larkspur, CA

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training - July 2017 in Denver, CO

  • 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

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