About

I am delighted to offer a number of training modules – and I am also able to formulate training specifically for you, and your colleagues / employees.

Here is a sample of what I offer:

Trauma Informed Care for Health Care Professionals in a Maternity Setting:

For those who work, in a maternity setting, with women who have a history of child sexual abuse,  I offer workshops of between four, and fourteen, hours.

This training covers:

  • A Definition of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
  • The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Pregnancy
  • Dealing with Disclosure – including TUSLA and Mandatory Reporting
  • Issues of Control
  • Power
  • Challenges in Labour and Birth
  • Triggers
  • Clinical Challenges in Labour, and Possible Solutions
  • Postpartum Issues
  • Communication – Verbal, and Non-Verbal
  • PTSD and Other Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • The Potential For Healing
  • Self-Help & Self-Care
  • When the Birthworker is also a Survivor

I also offer similar training specifically tailored for IBCLCs.  

Trauma Informed Care for Health Care Professionals in a Mental Health Setting:

For those who work, in mental health settings, people who have a history of child sexual abuse,  I offer workshops of between four, and fourteen, hours.

This training covers:

  • A Definition of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)
  • The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Mental Health
  • The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Physical Health
  • Dealing with Disclosure – including TUSLA and Mandatory Reporting
  • Issues of Control
  • Power
  • Triggers – Identifying and Avoiding
  • Communication – Verbal, and Non-Verbal
  • PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia and the Sexually Abused Person
  • The Potential For Healing
  • Self-Help & Self-Care
  • When the HCP is also a Survivor

Sex Education for Teenagers:

I offer sex education for teenagers that moves beyond what is offered on the RSE curriculum. I address the issues of abuse, and – knowing that children and teenagers are more likely to disclose to a peer – I offer participants information on how to deal with disclosure. Knowing that teachers aren’t empowered to know how to deal with disclosure, either, I offer an hour’s training to teachers in schools, clubs, and associations where I provide education to teenagers. 

This training covers:

  • Consent – looking beyond the ‘buzz’ and unpacking what consent really is. This includes a look at Betty Martin’s ‘Wheel of Consent’
  • Discussion of friendships and romantic relationships
  • Power and control within relationships
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Conception – how it happens, including discussion of assisted reproduction, and how it doesn’t (myth-busting)
  • Contraception
  • Pornography
  • The importance of pleasure
  • Healthy sex – emotionally and physically
  • Exploring sexuality – asking for what you need, what you want, and meeting your partner’s need and wants (and if you should/or are obliged to)
  • Sexual assault, rape, and seeking help if you are a victim

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention for Teenagers:

More commonly referred to as ‘Domestic’ violence, this form of abuse is most prevalent in the 15-24 year age group. That’s why it’s important to start the discussion early. I received my training in this specialised area from Tender, in the UK– and I use a number of their materials when I work with teenagers on the recognition, and avoidance of, IPV. I offer this training with a male colleague.

This training covers:

  • Consent – looking beyond the ‘buzz’ and unpacking what consent really is. This includes a look at Betty Martin’s ‘Wheel of Consent’
  • Discussion of friendships and romantic relationships
  • Power and control within relationships
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Sexting / intimate photographs
  • How to recognise abuse – including how to identify different types of abuse
  • How to get help for yourself

In addition to this training, I am available to speak at events on – among other things – mental health; various aspects of parenting; the additional challenges of parenting with a mental health difficulty; the long-term effects of child sexual abuse; surviving the damage of a narcissistic mother.

To discuss your / your company’s needs, please contact me: