Healing Sexual Trauma: A Professional Training in Trauma-Informed Care
The Breathe Network’s online course, Healing Sexual Trauma: A Professional Training in Trauma-Informed Care, will offer you a unique combination of education and training co-facilitated by 20 seasoned professionals working in the realms of sexual trauma, anti-sexual violence advocacy, holistic healing and resilience building.
We offer both individual and group/organization enrollment rates, please inquire directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about group registration options.
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*Partial scholarships are available for this course through our Embodying Survivor Justice fund. We will prioritize access for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Please contact Tosha at: email@example.com to learn more about this program.
Our thoughtfully curated course combines trauma theory and adaptive practices to enhance the care sexual trauma survivors receive from health and healing professionals.
This comprehensive course encompasses a wide breadth of information that we believe is vital when it comes to being a resource of safety, support and referrals for sexual trauma survivors. It is geared towards healing, health, and wellness providers of all disciplines including, among others: acupuncturists, bodyworkers, birth workers, yoga teachers, therapists, personal trainers, physical therapists, social workers, nurse practitioners, medical doctors, and more.
The 8 module course includes 20+ hours of video interviews, interview transcripts, along with supplemental reading content.
You have ongoing access to all course content. This allows you to move through the course at a pace that feels right to you. There is no rush to move through the course. You are invited to take your time absorbing and reviewing the materials.
What’s included in this online course:
- 20 video interviews with experts on the topics of trauma, sexual abuse, stress and resilience physiology, holistic healing practices, social justice, and more
- Transcripts of all video interviews
- Supporting reading materials selected by our teaching team to supplement course learning
How does the course work?
The course is spread across 8 modules. Each module includes the video lectures, transcripts, and supplemental reading and/or videos associated with the course content. You have the option to move through the material in the way that most resonates with you.
How to access the course.
You will be given access to all of the course content through our online course platform on Teachable. It is up to you when you begin to review the content and the rhythm at which you move through it. As all of the material is pre-recorded, therefore, you are able to take the course at your own pace and make it work within your schedule and your learning style.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need prior trauma training or experience to enroll in this course?
No. The content is accessible and engaging to both new and seasoned practitioners. We welcome practitioners who are just beginning to intentionally connect their work with supporting sexual trauma survivors, and we find that those with a well-established professional practice find new insights, perspectives, and tangible practices that can infuse within their work.
I am a medical doctor who doesn’t directly treat patients for the impacts of sexual trauma, would I benefit from being in this learning space?
Absolutely! When we talk about holistic health and healing, that includes all forms of care, support, and resources that comprise our physical, psychological and other forms of well-being. This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the prevalence of sexual trauma, how it lands in survivors’ bodies and psyches, how it might show up in a health/healing space, and tangible ways you can adapt your care to make it more trauma-informed. Whether or not your patient explicitly names their sexual trauma history, by enhancing the degree of safety you extend to them in receiving services (whether a dentist visit, an eye exam, a skin check) – you are reducing the likelihood of triggers, making whole-person healing more accessible, and empowering them in attending to their own care.
Will I be a certified trauma-informed provider upon completion?
This 20-hour course is not a certificate course. Participation does not inherently qualify someone as a “trauma-informed” provider. We recognize that the level of certification demands additional learning, rigor, and experience that unfolds over a more extensive and intensive period of time. Still, these 20 hours will create a profound and personal impact as the insights shared are comprehensive, intimate, tangible, and will likely motivate you to continue on this path of learning.
“As I listened, I kept thinking about how vital it is that we are trauma-informed practitioners have a strong understanding of how the brain, nervous system and body are impacted by trauma, so as to normalize and valorize our client’s survival responses, to mirror that these are such remarkable ways we get through trauma, and also, that these are powerful skills we hone through our survival that might find new outlets in other spaces beyond those associated with survival. So much shame is bound up in how we did or did not respond to sexual abuse. Empowering survivors with trauma physiology education that aids in them appreciating the ways they have adapted to life after trauma, while also supporting them in cultivating tools and resources for increasing their safety at an organismic level, seems fundamental and essential to nurture the one-on-one healing relationship that is unfolding.”
“Nkem Ndefo’s comments on trauma-informed systems and the effects of policies and procedures on care were so powerful. Her words about providers claiming that they ‘don’t do mental health’ ring so true, and I think we see this across disciplines (e.g. yoga teachers who ‘don’t teach trauma survivors’ though, they very likely are). I really like the way she frames trauma-informed work as an interplay between the systems, the practitioners, and the individuals receiving care.”
“In a culture that resists righteous anger (particularly the anger of Black, Indigenous and People of Color) combined with the spiritual bypassing that can happen in healing communities when it comes to complex, painful, ‘negative’ and strong emotions – including those born of individual and systemic trauma – it feels really poignant that Aishah (Shahidah Simmons) brings us back to a poem, ‘A State of Rage” she wrote over 2 decades ago about rage, meditation and action as integral parts of the ongoing practice of healing. I think of trauma healing not as getting over something, or being finished with the feelings or sensations or thoughts about it, but rather as learning how to build a body that has the capacity to hold all of it – and the space and freedom and room to explore and lean into rage alongside healing. Her sharing was an authentic and beautiful representation of the nonlinear and transformative practice of healing.”
“This course was completely transformative not only in the way that I think about and talk about trauma but in the way that I frame trauma in the context of our larger culture and society. The way the course invites participants to acknowledge and connect with the trauma that many of us experience on a cultural and collective level and the way that that trauma intersects with what we might experience on an individual or personal level is incredibly powerful in that it helps us as practitioners and as individual survivors really understand all of the different layers that trauma has for us, and all of the different ways it can impact our lives – and with that comes an understanding of all of the various approaches that we can take towards recovery.” (full video testimonial here)
The objective of this course is educational, not psychotherapeutic, in nature. The course is not intended to be a substitute for therapy nor for any other form of professional consultation or accreditation. Participation in this learning may stir unconscious or dormant memories, emotional or physical responses, and/or stress responses. If you have been treated for, or believe you may have suffered from an untreated traumatic experience, injury, or systemic condition, please consider if you are in a position to safely engage with the course at this time. You may choose to enlist the support of a professional who can be a resource to you both during and after the course. The Breathe Network and the course facilitators are not liable for any distress that participation might create.
Molly Boeder Harris, Lead Facilitator
Combining personal and professional experiences, academic research and nearly two decades studying the holistic practice of yoga, Molly Boeder Harris is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and an experienced, registered trauma-informed yoga teacher (E-RYT) and trainer. She is the founder and executive director of The Breathe Network. She offers a variety of programs, lectures and consulting options that connect survivors with support systems that facilitate sustainable, embodied healing and resilience after trauma.
Course Curriculum Includes
- Module 1 – Individual and Collective Trauma – Navigating Adversity and Cultivating Resilience
- Module 2 – Wired for Resilience – Partnering with the Intelligence of Your Nervous System
- Module 3 – The Imprints of Sexual Trauma Part 1: Honoring Survivors’ Wounds and Resilience
- Module 4 – The Imprints of Sexual Trauma Part 2: Recognizing Resources with Mind, Body and Soul
- Module 5 – Primary Elements within Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Practice
- Module 6 – Infusing Trauma-Informed Care within Healing Spaces – Practice Focus on Acupuncture, Yoga, and Bodywork
- Module 7 -Infusing Trauma-Informed Care within Healing Spaces – Practice Focus on Psychotherapy, Birth, and Movement-Based Healing
- Module 8 – Restoration and Professional Nourishment for Healers