Educational organization Everyone Deserves Sex Ed (EDSE) has invited trauma worker, addiction counselor, and breathwork healer Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, B. Msc., CADC-II to train attendees of EDSE’s upcoming 25-hour sex educator certification program, scheduled Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 in Los Angeles. Nathaniel will facilitate discussion of trauma-informed care, the impact of trauma on the body, and how to maintain a client-centered approach in an educational setting.
Nathaniel has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade, using a variety of supportive techniques to help clients process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. His client base ranges from those seeking relief from everyday anxiety to people suffering from severe emotional and physical trauma, and he specializes in treating and supporting the underlying causes of addiction and substance use disorder.
Drawing from the Polyvagal theory, harm reduction models, pranayama breathwork, and his own transformative life experiences, Nathaniel has helped thousands of people disrupt negative thought patterns and develop supportive coping mechanisms as a key form of self-care. He is the founder of Breathwork for Recovery, the first and only national organization dedicated to training mental health professionals as breathwork practitioners and bringing this important technique into recovery and therapeutic institutions across the country.
“Supporting fellow healers, mental health professionals, and educators-to-be is an important part of my job and I am excited to join the EDSE team for the November training,” Nathaniel said. “I was one of EDSE’s first graduates and the knowledge I gained has been essential in my private practice, and I feel honored to have been invited to return as an educator this year. Working with trauma is one of my specialties, and this program is a great opportunity for educators and facilitators to learn what ‘trauma-informed’ really means. I look forward to helping EDSE attendees form a fundamental understanding of this important topic and support them on their career paths.”
EDSE founder and lead educator Anne Hodder-Shipp, ACS, asked Nathaniel to teach this portion of the certification because of his years of experience working with trauma in all its forms, as well as his professional understanding of how trauma can impact a clinical or educational environment.
“Nathaniel and I are partners in our personal and professional lives, and part of our work has centered around trauma – not only working with our own but also supporting professionals who navigate this sensitive subject on a daily basis,” Hodder-Shipp says. “Nathaniel has made a career supporting educators, counselors, and mental health professionals manage their own trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue, and I am excited for EDSE attendees to learn from him. Nathaniel’s straight-forward teaching style, dry humor, and compassionate approach will be a great fit for the program, and attendees will leave feeling more confident about how to respond to and support clients who have experienced trauma.”
Ideal for budding sex educators, health and social service workers, and anyone looking to bolster their sex ed knowledge, the EDSE certification program prepares attendees to have informed, inclusive and confident conversations about sex. Over the course of two weekends, EDSE attendees will learn key information about human sexuality, intimate health, consent, and communication skills and be trained to respond to sex-related questions in a concise, intersectional, and nonjudgmental manner. Attendees also will leave with new insight into their own sexuality — a fun side effect of sex education training.
The next EDSE certification will take place Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 in Los Angeles. Individual certification is $2,095, and payment plans are available to those in need. The deadline to sign up is Nov. 1, 2019.
To apply, fill out the form at https://everyonedeservessexed.com/certification/. An EDSE representative will review and be in contact within 48 hours of submission.
“During my time as a sex educator, and a sex blogger before that, there was one thing I noticed most people had in common: a lack of confidence in, and even a little fear about, talking about sex,” Hodder-Shipp says. “This insecurity has a dramatic trickle-down effect. It leaves professionals feeling unprepared for workplace dynamics, parents terrified of having ‘the talk,’ and service providers caught off-guard during sensitive conversations with their clients. My goal with EDSE is to give people access to the kind of professional and educational support so many of us have lacked throughout our personal and professional lives.”