Trainings

Upcoming Trainings:

  • When Survivors Give Birth Introductory, Foundational & Advanced Training @ Cleveland Clinic -- April 4th & 5th, 2022

  • When Survivors Give Birth Foundational & Advanced Virtual Training @ the Howard Center -- September 22nd & 23rd, 2022

  • When Survivors Give Birth Intro & Advanced Virtual Training @ the Simkin Center -- TBD (likely Fall 2022)

  • From Trauma to Triumph Intro & Advanced Training in San Francisco, CA -- TBD

  • From Trauma to Triumph Intro & Advanced Training in Boulder, CO -- TBD 

 

​In 2011, Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, LMFT -- practitioners who have been working 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 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.

Pregnancy, birth, and parenthood can be an incredibly vulnerable time in someone's life.  The good news is that with vulnerability also comes an opportunity for transformation.  As you learn more about working with trauma 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/patients will improve and you will therefore be able to serve them with more ease.  The 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 sexual abuse, sexual assault, and birth trauma survivor consultations with your clients.

 

Training 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 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 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