Sexual Abuse Survivor Peer Support Group
Aug
15
to Jan 2

Sexual Abuse Survivor Peer Support Group

Sexual abuse survivors have a harder time with trust, setting boundaries and making friends than non-survivors do. A peer led community based support group can help survivors not only better understand the "why" behind some  of their behaviors but also provide context, community and acceptance. This group is drop-in and welcoming to all female-identified survivors. Join us!

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"The Ties That Bind: Using Trauma as a Lens to More Effectively Address Teen Pregnancy”
May
25
8:00am 8:00am

"The Ties That Bind: Using Trauma as a Lens to More Effectively Address Teen Pregnancy”

Come see me in May in Greensboro for SHIFT NC's annual conference! 

Here's what I'll be talking about:

While the birth rate for teens fell 57% between 1991 and 2013, the United States still ranks second in the world among developing countries for teen pregnancy. It would seem that pregnancy prevention programming, contraceptive education and honest conversations can only go so far. But where do we go from here? 

If providers offer teens programming related to birth control and how to avoid another pregnancy, they must also offer information on intimate partner violence, sexual abuse and reproductive coercion. Providers who take into consideration the challenges of childhood trauma survivors maximize the impact of their message and are in a better position to create sustainable, long term change. Learn practical tools, inclusive language and trauma-informed best practices in this interactive workshop.

Register here.

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Sexual Trauma Survivor Support Group
Apr
25
to May 30

Sexual Trauma Survivor Support Group

Almost 43% of female rape victims were under 18 when they were assaulted. 20% of undergraduate women report an attempted or completed rape. And 17% of women have experienced rape by an intimate partner.

Triggers from past trauma like abuse can surface anytime, even in situations that are seemingly unrelated to sexual assault. A peer support group can help.

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ICEA #Denver Conference Concurrent Session Presentation: When Breast Isn't Best
Oct
14
12:30pm12:30pm

ICEA #Denver Conference Concurrent Session Presentation: When Breast Isn't Best

The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Less known is that as many as 1 in 5 women are survivors of sexual abuse. Learn how a history of abuse can impact a woman’s ability and desire to breastfeed and what you can do to better support women who may be survivors.

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Aug
25
10:30am10:30am

"Beyond Intimacy Issues: How Past Sexual Abuse Affects Women's Emotional and Physical Health Across a Lifetime"

I'll be speaking at North Carolina Sexual Health Conference in one of the first morning sessions.  My topic will be, as always, helping professionals understand how past abuse might surface later in life, how to take a trauma-informed approach and why thinking of sexual abuse as a reason for sexual challenges is essential. Click here to register!

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"When Survivors Give Birth" A Trauma-Informed Training for Healthcare Professionals
Jul
15
9:00am 9:00am

"When Survivors Give Birth" A Trauma-Informed Training for Healthcare Professionals

1 in 5 girls will be sexually abused before age 18. 1 in 6 women are adult survivors of rape. Yet most professionals underestimate both the numbers of survivors that they see on a daily basis and the impact of past abuse.

Survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or sexual assault (SA) have a different set of issues that they face when they become pregnant, compared with women who haven't been abused. These issues don't go away when women have their babies.

Elizabeth’s class was a focused, clear, calm presentation of some very challenging and stirring material. This training is valuable for any healthcare provider working with women, not only as a gift to the mother but also as empowerment for the practitioner.
— Ruth Elliott, MPT, LMBT, CNMT

Some of the challenges associated with past trauma can surface for the first time when survivors are seen by healthcare providers whose scope of practice includes services of any kind to childbearing women. Survivors can actually be re-traumatized by professionals who work with a patient without seeing her as a possible survivor of past abuse. 

Learn the facts of abuse, how humans respond to trauma, common triggers for survivors, tools to use and more so you can work more effectively and compassionately with survivors of violence. Join us for this one day workshop. Space is limited. DONA, ICEA continuing ed available. CNE contact hours available.

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"When Survivors Give Birth: A Trauma-Informed Training for Professionals Who Deal with Pregnant Women or New Moms"
Apr
26
8:00am 8:00am

"When Survivors Give Birth: A Trauma-Informed Training for Professionals Who Deal with Pregnant Women or New Moms"

This program is full as of 3.15.16 but a second session has opened: Friday July 15. See the July 15 event in “Events” for details and registration.

1 in 7 girls will be sexually abused before age 18. 1 in 5 women are adult survivors of rape. Yet most professionals underestimate both the numbers of survivors that they see on a daily basis and the impact of past abuse.

Survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or sexual assault (SA) have a different set of issues that they face when they become pregnant, compared with women who haven't been abused. These issues don't go away when women have their babies.

Some of the challenges associated with past trauma can surface for the first time when survivors are seen by healthcare providers whose scope of practice includes services of any kind to childbearing women. Survivors can actually be re-traumatized by professionals who work with a patient without seeing her as a possible survivor of past abuse. 

Learn the facts of abuse, how humans respond to trauma, common triggers for survivors, tools to use and more so you can work more effectively and compassionately with survivors of violence. Join us for this one day workshop. Space is limited. DONA, ICEA continuing ed available. CNE contact hours available.

Elizabeth’s class was a focused, clear, calm presentation of some very challenging and stirring material. This training is valuable for any healthcare provider working with women, not only as a gift to the mother but also as empowerment for the practitioner.
— Ruth Elliott, MPT, LMBT, CNMT
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Apr
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

"Stewards of Children" training

Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention month? 

1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys will be sexually abused in some way by the time they reach age 18. But child sexual abuse can be preventable. Join in with parents, community members and educators to learn more about what you can do to keep kids safe. Click here to learn more and register. This training is co-sponsored by Nido Durham and Outside The Mom Box.

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Apr
2
8:30am 8:30am

Women's Health Awareness Day

 A free event in Durham to promote women's health and increase awareness of health concerns that affect women on a daily basis. There are a variety of interesting panels discussions, activities and presentations all day. I'm serving on a morning panel (9:45-10:15) dedicated to topics not "normally" addressed in pregnancy. 

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Say "No" Now: Losing the Fear and Gaining Confidence in Every "Yes"
Feb
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Say "No" Now: Losing the Fear and Gaining Confidence in Every "Yes"

A free workshop for women on setting boundaries and saying 'no' to unnecessary commitments.

The biggest problems we have are often ones that we create for ourselves - every time we take on a client we shouldn't have, or agree to a commitment that causes more work that it's worth, or minimize our capabilities with apologies or qualifiers. Any time we "yes" to something that we shouldn't have, we create problems that cost us time, energy and money. How do you break these bad habits?  Join Uncompany, Nido and Outside The Mom Box for a workshop for women on acknowledging the fear behind the "yeses" and how you can start using confident "no's". Click here to reserve your free spot.

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May
16
9:00am 9:00am

"When Survivors Give Birth" training in Asheville

1 in 3 women will be a survivor of physical, sexual violence or stalking in their lifetime and 4 out of 5 will have children.

This one-day program for professionals who deal with pregnant women and new moms speaks to the challenges that survivors face at these critical, often very vulnerable, periods in their life. It is based on the book of the same name by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus. I'm one of only a handful of educators worldwide that Penny and Phyllis have personally trained.

Interested in attending? Read the full details about this unique opportunity.

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Feb
7
9:00am 9:00am

"When Survivors Give Birth" training in #Durham

1 in 3 women will be a survivor of physical, sexual violence or stalking in their lifetime and 4 out of 5 will have children.

This one-day program for professionals who deal with pregnant women and new moms speaks to the challenges that survivors face at these critical, often very vulnerable, periods in their life. It is based on the book of the same name by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus. I'm one of only a handful of educators worldwide that Penny and Phyllis have personally trained.

Interested in attending? Read the full details about this unique opportunity.

 

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Oct
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Increasing Sensitivity to Survivors in Women's Health Environment

Are you planning on working with women at any point in your healthcare career? If so, this workshop is a must.

  • Learn how to identify signs of abuse including red flags;
  • Understand how past abuse can impact your current relationship with a patient;
  • Get tools to help survivors, even if they haven't disclosed past abuse;
  • Work more effectively and compassionately with survivors of intimate partner violence, rape, and sexual abuse. 
  • And much more.

Advance registration by 10/22 is required. Space is limited.


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