Healing Sexual Trauma: A Professional Training in Trauma-Informed Care

Healing Sexual Trauma


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.

This course will launch again in Spring 2021. Please stay tuned for registration information.

*We offer both individual enrollment ($395) and group/organization enrollment rates, please inquire directly at molly@thebreathenetwork.org

Note: Equity scholarships are available for this course. We prioritize access for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Please contact Molly at: molly@thebreathenetwork.org with your request.


Our thoughtfully curated course combines trauma theory and adaptive practices to enhance professional care for sexual trauma survivors.

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 over a dozen of professionals working in the realms of sexual trauma, anti-sexual violence advocacy, holistic healing and resiliency.

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, yoga teachers, therapists, personal trainers, physical therapists, social workers, nurse practitioners, medical doctors and more.

The 8 module course includes: weekly emails with an array of video interviews and course transcripts, totaling nearly 20 hours, along with supplemental reading content.

Participants have continuous 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 and 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, alternative and holistic healing, social justice and transformative justice, and more
  • Transcripts of all video interviews
  • Supporting reading materials selected by our teaching team to enhance the learning from the course content

How does the course work?

Each week you will receive an email including the course videos and transcripts for the week, supplemental reading and/or videos associated with the course content.

How to access the course

When you register for the course you will receive all access information. Still, 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 for within schedule and learning style.


“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 is not a certificate course. Participation does not inherently qualify someone as a “trauma-informed” provider nor certify them as a trauma-informed providers. It is important to note that the objective of this online course is educational, not psychotherapeutic in nature. The course is not intended to be a substitute for therapy or any other form of professional consultation or accreditation. Participation in this learning may stir unconscious or long-dormant memories, emotional or physical responses, and/or stress. If you have been treated for, or believe you may have suffered from a traumatic injury, please consider if you are in a position to safely engage with the course at this time, and/or consider enlisting the support of a professional who can be a resource to you both during and after the course. Our organization and team of facilitators are not liable for any distress that your participation might create.

Your Instructors

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.

Teaching Team

Molly Boeder Harris

Kate Busby

Jane Clapp

Randy Ellison

Margaret Howard

Maira Holzmann

Ryan Maher

Nicole Marcia

Jamie Marich

Santa Molina Marshall

Robyn Mourning

michael munson

Nkem Ndefo

Klarissa Oh

Jessica Schaffer

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Lawrence Stern

Greg Wieting

Zabie Yamasaki


Course Curriculum Includes

  • Week 1 – Individual and Collective Trauma – Navigating Adversity and Cultivating Resilience
  • Week 2 – Partnering with the Intelligence of Your Nervous System
  • Week 3 – The Imprints of Sexual Trauma Part 1: Survivor-Lead Insights on Abuse, Advocacy, Activism and Seeding Social Change
  • Week 4 – The Imprints of Sexual Trauma Part 2: Recognizing Wounds and Finding Resources within the Body, Mind and Spirit
  • Week 5 – Primary Elements within Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Practice
  • Week 6 – Practical Applications of TIC: Practice Focus on Acupuncture, Yoga and Bodywork
  • Week 7 – Practical Applications of TIC: Practice Focus on Psychotherapy, Birth, Movement-Based Healing
  • Week 8 – Transformative Perspectives on Healing, Justice and Self-Care