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November 4 2022 8:30 am   through   November 18 2022 4:30 pm
Phone: 425.602.3378
Standard Registration $ 375.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: When Survivors Give Birth
Campus Online
Audience Anyone who works with childbearing women and families.
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This not-to-be missed virtual training opportunity is limited to clinicians or attendees with experience in perinatal education, support, or mental health. This workshop will be hosted as a live-remote learning via Zoom and the two-day format includes the Foundational training class on Friday, November 4, 2022, and the Advanced Counseling class on Friday, November 18, 2022. Class times are 8:30am to 4:30pm on both days. Classes will include two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch. Registrants must attend both the Foundational and Advanced Training. Register early as space is limited! Cost: $375 Standard Registration Registration will close November 2.


The Curriculum

This workshop provides the same topics as described in the Foundational Trainining (Day One-please refer to the topic section of that training), including 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; November 4 and November 18. Register early – Capacity for this tranining will be limited.

  • Maternity Care Triggers
  • Triggers and Themes
  • Clinical Challenges
  • Consultation Model
  • Role Play Consultation Practice (previous childhood sexual abuse; small group breakout rooms)
  • Consultation Debrief
  • Birth Trauma – Prevention & Treatment
  • Processing the Birth Experience
  • Self-Assessment of Maternal Distress After a Difficult Birth
  • Role Play Consultation Practice (previous traumatic birth; small group breakout rooms)
  • Consultation Debrief
  • Q&A


Course Notes

Recommended 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