SECOND CHANCES: WHY ADVERSITY & FAILURE MAKE US BETTER
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+ RAPE CULTURE: A SURVIVOR’S PERSPECTIVE
Brittany Piper was 20 years old when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good samaritan. Now ten years later, she refuses to keep silent as she gently unravels this sensitive topic with audiences. As a survivor and women’s studies scholar, with extensive work in local and international organizations (including Rape Crisis Centers in conflict countries): Brittany is able to use her unique perspective as a survivor AND leading sexual violence expert, to compassionately welcome audiences into the conversation— allowing an inclusive culture for all voices, and a deeper understanding of this pervasive issue.
Her program highlights: consent, rape culture & rape myths, safe and effective ways to directly or indirectly intervene as an active bystander, empathy-based prevention & response, community responsibility, the forensic neurobiology of trauma, tonic immobility, supporting survivors in their recoveries, and the healing process for survivors. Her powerful story, blended with compelling research, interactive elements, and a non-judgmental and healthy dialogue about sexual violence—grant the space to uproot and challenge the toxic cultures that keep sexual violence prevalent. Audiences leave feeling empowered to not only be a part of the conversation, but also a part of the solution.
What consent looks like, especially when alcohol and other substances are involved
The neurobiology of trauma in relation to sexual assault.
How to address the community’s involvement in rape culture through such concepts as: victim-blaming, rape myths, and more.
Safe and effective ways to directly or indirectly intervene as an active bystander.
The physical, mental and emotional impact that sexual violence can have on an individual.
How to support peers who have experienced sexual assault.
+ AFTER THE ASSAULT: HEALING THROUGH SELF-CARE FOR SURVIVORS AND THEIR PEERS
Critical conversations surrounding sexual assault have never been more important. But as prevention programs take precedence, we must also support recovery processes for survivors and their peers. As a survivor, healing coach and advocate who’s worked in rape crisis centers around the globe, Brittany Piper understands the severity of maintaining a self-care routine. From battling with shame, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and/or Secondary Traumatic Stress, these are the challenges individuals face after being exposed to trauma.
In this program, participants will be guided through emotional, mental and body exercises designed to root out the toxins that sexual assault leaves in its wake. In addition, each person will receive a self-care workbook, empowering them to support themselves and others in their healing.
How to develop a personalized self-care routine that will be beneficial in the recovery process following an assault or secondary exposure to trauma,
How to identify and root out blocks that are holding them back from healing,
Self-care exercises that confront feelings of depression, shame, fear, anxiety, and more,
Everyday healing routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, and body awareness,
How to handle triggering events or situations in a healthy way,
How to navigate relationships following an assault or secondary exposure to trauma,
How to build confidence and self-worth,
Breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and self-love
+ MENTAL, SPIRITUAL & BODY WELLNESS: SELF-CARE FOR AN ALIGNED LIFE
Brittany Piper hadn't even made it through her first semester of college before ending up in a hospital with alcohol poisoning. She knows the damage that living a “perfect” and fast-paced life can inflict on wellness, as she battled with mental health, pill and alcohol dependence, and eating disorders. Now over ten years later, she's a Wellness & Healing Coach, empowering individuals to show up in the world as their best selves.
In this workshop-style program, Brittany shares with audiences the ways they can focus on bringing wellness to their mind, body, and spirit. She believes that the way to long-lasting wellness includes all three branches in unison. With a combination of mental health and body awareness, spiritual coaching and yoga, Brittany will guide participants through an introspective lens where they can dive deep into: body alignment, personal power, vision, boundaries, gratitude, self-talk, slowing down, unplugging, practicing presence and mindfulness, the relationship between mood and food, and more. In this space, attendees will be provided with supplemental journal materials that are customized around these self-care exercises, which will be practiced during the program and can be used afterward as they begin to develop their own self-care routine.
How to position themselves for a present and aligned life – mentally, spiritually and physically,
Self-care exercises to use to confront feelings of depression, stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt,
Everyday routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, body awareness, boundaries and unplugging,
Ways they can nourish their bodies with foods that fuel them, rather than work against them, including a meal guide with nutrient-dense recipes,
How to build confidence and self-worth and how not to fall victim to society’s ideals of beauty, and
Breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and love.