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Simkin Center: 2024 When Survivors Give Birth, Foundational Training, October 18 (online)

Oct 18, 2024 - Oct 18, 2024

$175 Enroll

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Course Dates and Time

Live-Remote via Teams

Friday, October 18, 2024

8:30am-4:30pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Early Registration Rate: $175 (Deadline September 17)

Standard Registration Rate: $225 (After Sept 17)


Course Details
This important client care workshop focuses on understanding and healing the effects of childhood sexual abuse on childbearing women. This course gives participants who work with childbearing women knowledge and skills to compassionately and successfully serve those who express emotional concerns about childbearing. This training is a one-of-a-kind workshop, which is the culmination of decades of collaboration between Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW. Together they also wrote the 2004 book of the same name, When Survivors Give Birth. Join maternity care, mental health, and other allied providers to focus on the issues of one of the least understood of pregnant clients.


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


    • 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

Participants will receive additional information, including login details and training agenda, two weeks before the start of the class.


To review the Simkin Center When Survivors Give Birth refund and cancellation policy visit When Survivors Give Birth | Bastyr University (scroll down to Registration Policies). Please note our policy indicates a $50 processing fee will be charged for cancellations, no refund will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days before the start of the workshop. Transfers and make-ups are not available for When Survivors Give Birth trainings.


CEUs will be provided


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


Instructor: Selena Shelley, MA, LMHC, CD, LCCE

Selena Shelley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer. 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. She facilitates trainings for perinatal and 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 14 years as a psychotherapist and trauma consultant. She taught a counseling course for the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University, served on the Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh) board, and helped develop and run the Birth Doula Services Program for Open Arms Perinatal Services in Seattle.

In her personal and professional life, Selena has learned how transformative the right kind of support during someone’s pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience can be. 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 is honored to be a When Survivors Give Birth trainer.