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January 26 2021 9:00 am   through   February 4 2021 1:30 pm
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UNITED STATES
Full Registration after December 31, 2020 $ 375.00
Early Registration by December 31, 2020 $ 350.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: When Survivors Give Birth
Location
Campus
Audience
Audience Anyone who has experience in perinatal mental health, education and care for childbearing people.
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A not-to-be missed opportunity to learn from renowned experts Penny Simkin PT and Phyllis Klaus MFT, LMSW, authors of the book When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman. Due to Washington State and King County health advisory guidelines regarding social distancing, we are offering this class virtually, via Zoom. Students will receive additional information, including login information once registered. Certificates of completion will only be issued to students present for all four sessions (Jan 26 and 28 and February 2 and 4). Tuesday January 26, 9:00am – 1:30pm Pacific Time (Part One) Thursday, January 28, 9:00am – 1:30pm Pacific Time (Part Two) Tuesday, February 2, 9:00am – 1:30pm Time (Part Three) Thursday, February 4, 9:00am – 1:00pm Time (Part Four) $350 Early Registration by December 31, 2020. $375 Full Registration after December 31, 2020.

 

The Curriculum

This workshop provides an introduction to the issue and includes advanced counseling techniques for the survivor.  Registration in the two-day workshop is limited to attendees who have experience in perinatal mental health, education and care for childbearing people. Registrants must attend both days. Register early – space is limited.

  • Definition of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and other child abuse
  • Common manifestations of any type of child abuse on the childbearing woman
  • Unique manifestations of sexual abuse specifically on the childbearing woman
  • Neurological and behavioral sequelae of child abuse
  • Impact of childhood sexual abuse on conscious memory
  • Impact of childhood sexual abuse on the adult woman
  • Impact of CSA on pregnancy
  • Impact of CSA on labor and birth
  • Relationship between the woman and her caregiver
  • Modification of common childbirth preparation techniques for CSA survivors
  • Impact of CSA on postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and postpartum mood disorders
  • Self-help techniques to reduce distressing symptoms
  • Counseling strategies to prepare nulliparas with fear about the upcoming birth
  • Counseling after a traumatic birth
  • Counseling the pregnant woman with a previous traumatic birth

Approved for 15.5 DONA International Contact Hours and 14.5 Bastyr University contact hours. This program, through Penny Simkin Inc., has been approved for 13 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-361.

Course Notes

Required Texts: (click here for information on where to obtain texts.)

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

Instructors

Workshop leader Penny Simkin PT  is a renowned author and speaker.  Penny has devoted much of her 40-year career to exploring the impact of early trauma on pregnant women in our maternity care system and developing strategies to avoid retraumatization during birth and facilitate the process of healing.  The workshop provides information, insight, and practical advice for individualizing prenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.   Penny’s book When Survivors Give Birth, co-authored with Phyllis Klaus MFT, LMSW is the essential guide to the topic.

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including "The Labor Progress Handbook;" "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;" "When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;" "The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions," She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families, the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, "There's a Baby." She is co-founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. 

Phyllis Klaus, MEd., LMFT, LMSW, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Clinical social worker. She currently practices in Palo Alto, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has been working with the concerns of families in the perinatal period for over 40 years and has been involved in research and training of perinatal care providers since 1980.  She has extensive experience working especially with the symptoms of pregnancy, traumatic birth, effects of childhood sexual abuse on child-bearing and postpartum mood disorders. She also incorporates well-researched mind/body therapies in the treatment of somatic and medical disorders, family of origin and attachment disorders and complicated grief. Phyllis is co-founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). She consults and presents workshops globally and is co‑author of several articles as well as The Doula Book; Bonding; Your Amazing Newborn; a video, The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women..