The most frequent training I offer is my one day program based in part on the book, When Survivors Give Birth. This full day program (9-3:30 takes an in-depth look at how child sexual abuse and rape can affect women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum periods. The evidence-based information, practical tips and strategies are all personalized to meet the needs of your group. Whether you are a home visiting nurse, a birth doula or a physician assistant, this program is immediately relevant to your work on a daily basis, regardless of whether or not you know your patient is a survivor. Here's some of what we look at:
  • Intimate partner violence and sexual assault basics: facts of abuse, prevalence, causes including the importance of understanding power dynamics and how our beliefs about abuse impact how we serve survivors; 
  • The differences in survivors of child sexual abuse and rape and how the after-affects of both show up;
  • The impact of adverse childhood experiences on the developing brain of a child and its impact in later health and wellness;
  • Common triggers and themes ("red flags") that providers can be aware of including: how to ask, who should ask and what to do next;
  • How abuse shows up in a survivor during pregnancy, in childbirth and the postpartum period;
  • Active listening as a crucial resource & timesaver;
  • Vicarious trauma and self-care for caregivers.

This full day trauma-informed training is eligible for DONA, ICEA credits and is offered for nursing credits and contact hours through Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in North Carolina. Visit the "Events" page for an upcoming training near you, host one yourself or contact me to discuss your needs.