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Trainings

Upcoming Trainings:​​

  • When Survivors Give Birth Foundational & Advanced Training in Thornton, CO

    • April 15th & 16th, 2024

    • Co-facilitating with Jenevieve Russell

(Hyperlinks added when additional registration details are available and/or registration is open.)

​In 2011, Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, LMFT -- practitioners who worked with pregnant childhood sexual abuse survivors for decades and who brought this issue to the forefront -- invited me to become a When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer.  I was honored to have the opportunity to participate in their training and ultimately to be able to train other professionals on how they can effectively support pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors.

Pregnancy, birth, and parenthood can be a very vulnerable times in someone's life.  But with vulnerability comes an opportunity for transformation.  As you learn more about working with trauma survivors, you can become a part of how your clients/patients heal.  You will learn how to identify and work with childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and birth trauma survivors in a more impactful and supportive way.  Your care for your clients/patients will improve and you will be able to work with more ease.  My When Survivors Give Birth trainings range from one-hour (with focus on a specific topic related to working with trauma survivors) to two-days (that give you the information and skills necessary to facilitate sexual abuse, sexual assault, and birth trauma survivor consultations).

 

Training topics often include some/all of the following:

  • Definitions/prevalence of sexual trauma (childhood abuse, assault)

  • Impact of sexual trauma on a child, teen, or adult

  • Impact of sexual trauma on pregnancy

  • Impact of sexual trauma or previous birth trauma on labor and birth

  • Impact of sexual trauma or birth trauma on postpartum and breast/bodyfeeding

  • Connections between childhood trauma and domestic violence or substance use

  • Potential triggers/themes for a sexual trauma survivor

  • Reflective listening/communication skills

  • How (and why not) to ask someone about their history of trauma

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

  • Common power differentials in perinatal care

  • Retraumatization vs. repatterning

  • Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and their connection to previous trauma

  • Birth trauma prevention and treatment

  • Professional self-care and vicarious traumatization

  • 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 list of upcoming trainings please refer to the information at the top of this page or contact me if you would like to discuss organizing a When Survivors Give Birth training in your area. I look forward to helping you bring new awareness and sensitivity to the clients/patients you serve.

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Previous Trainings:

  • When Survivors Give Birth Foundational & Advanced Virtual Training @ the Simkin Center - October 2023
  • When Survivors Give Birth Doula Training @ Community Health Network in Indiana - September 2023
  • When Survivors Give Birth Introductory, Foundational, and Advanced Training @ Cleveland Clinic Florida - June 2023
  • Pregnancy as a Result of Rape: Impacts & Recommendations @ Indiana Univ. School of Nursing Perinatal Conference - January 2023
  • When Survivors Give Birth Foundational & Advanced Virtual Training @ the Simkin Center - November 2022
  • When Survivors Give Birth Foundational & Advanced Virtual Training @ Howard Center in Vermont - September 2022 
  • When Survivors Give Birth Introductory, Foundational, and Advanced Training @ Cleveland Clinic - April 2022
  • When the Crisis is Sexual Trauma: Empowering the Survivor Community @ NMBTF Annual Conference - March 2022
  • The Importance of Debriefing the Birth Experience @ Bastyr University Dept. of Midwifery - January 2022

  • The Importance of Debriefing the Birth @ DONA Summit - October 2021

  • Trauma-Informed Strategies for Supporting Breast/Chestfeeding @ Lamaze Summit - September 2021

  • When Survivors Give Birth: A Training for Perinatal Therapists and Professionals @ PPSM - April 2021

  • When Survivors Give Birth Educator Virtual Training (assisting Penny & Phyllis) - March 2021

  • Intro & Advanced When Survivors Give Birth Virtual Training (assisting Penny & Phyllis) - January/February 2021

  • The Importance of Debriefing the Birth Experience @ Bastyr University Dept. of Midwifery - January 2021

  • From Trauma to Triumph Advanced Online Training - December 2020 

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational Online Training - November 2020 

  • Why Not to Ask: Trauma Disclosure in the Era of #MeToo @ DONA International Summit - October 2020

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Online Training - June 2020 

  • From Trauma to Triumph Foundational & Advanced Training - February 2020 in San Francisco, CA

  • 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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