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November 4 2022 8:30 am   through   November 4 2022 4:30 pm
Phone: 425.602.3378
Standard Registration $ 225.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: When Survivors Give Birth
Campus Online
Audience Anyone who works with childbearing women and families.
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Foundational Training (One Day Only) November 4, 2022, | 8:30am-4:30pm ONLINE VIA ZOOM A foundational training for professionals serving pregnant, birthing, and postpartum families. This training gives nurses, birth and postpartum doulas, psychotherapists, social workers, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, doctors, and other perinatal health professionals the resources and tools they need to better serve their clients or patients (many of whom may not disclose a history of sexual abuse). Cost: $225-Standard Registration Registration will close Nov 2.


The Curriculum

An introduction for anyone who works with childbearing people and wants to learn about the impact of abuse on the birth experience.

  • Topics:
    • Childhood Sexual Abuse Definitions & Statistics
    • Other Types of Childhood & Adult Trauma
    • Impact of Trauma/Childhood Sexual Abuse on Children and Teens
    • Impact of Trauma/Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adults
    • Connection between Childhood Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence
    • Connection between Childhood Trauma and Substance Use
    • Impact of Trauma/Childhood Sexual Abuse on Pregnancy & Birth
    • How to Inquire and/or Respond to a Disclosure
    • The Caregiver’s Motto
    • Power Differentials
    • Vicarious Trauma
    • Working with Trauma Survivors during Pregnancy & Birth
    • Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Postpartum & Parenting
    • Connection between Trauma and Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
    • Working with Trauma Survivors in Postpartum & Parenting
    • Communication Skills & Reflective Listening
    • Techniques to Manage or Reduce Trigger Symptoms
    • When to Refer
    • Q&A
    • Resources
    • Evaluations
    • Debrief & Self-Care Commitment

Continuing Education Units Pending Approval

Course Notes

Recomended Text: 

  • When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus



Selena Shelley, MA, LMHC, CD, LCCE
Selena Shelley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer, and Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. She has a psychotherapy and consultation practice in the Seattle area and specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum trauma survivors. Selena was trained and mentored by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus, authors of the groundbreaking book When Survivors Give Birth, and facilitates trainings for perinatal and reproductive health professionals - including nurses, psychotherapists, doulas, midwives, social workers, doctors, and sexual assault advocates. Selena has been working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors for over 25 years – first as a case manager with teen parents, then as a doula and childbirth educator, and for the past 13 years as a psychotherapist and trauma consultant. She also helped develop and run the Birth Doula Services Program for Open Arms Perinatal Services in Seattle. In all her work, Selena has witnessed how transformative the right kind of support and care can be for trauma survivors. To that end, she believes training professionals how to work more easily and effectively with trauma survivors is some of the most important work in perinatal and public health, and she is honored to be facilitating this When Survivors Give Birth training for the Simkin Center