Healing and Pleasure After Trauma

Thursday, April 11, 2019
7 PM
Weber Living Room - Reid Hall

We each deserve pleasure, regardless of our pasts. But how can we find our sensual and sexual selves after trauma? Join Being Barnard, Well Woman, Student Life, and Dr. Ruthie Neustifter from the University of Guelph, Ontario for this special SAAM workshop dedicated to the discussion of healing and pleasure after pain. Dr. Ruthie brings their extensive experience in helping others discover how to nurture themselves after trauma. Attendees will gain new insight and tools for rediscovering joy and intimacy.

*This workshop will focus on survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, medical trauma, childhood sex abuse, and other traumas.  This workshop is grounded in trauma recovery theory focused on mindfulness, grounding, restoring, and reclaiming of the self and uses techniques common in strengths-based social work, positive psychology, and the narrative approach.  Participants will not be asked to disclose the source of their traumas during the workshop, and instead will be invited to quietly reflect, draw, or write as needed so as to keep the space as safe and comfortable as possible for everyone.  This workshop is best for participants who are no longer in a high-risk situation (ie: no longer dating their abuser), with the exception of those who face ongoing medical interventions.

Staffed breakout rooms will be available for attendees who need quiet decompression space during the workshop.*

Light food & drinks will be provided including gluten free and vegan options

RSVP at this link. RSVP is to get a rough estimate of attendence to order food. RSVP is helpful for the organizers but IS NOT mandatory. NO ONE will be turned away at the door if they have not RSVP'd.


Dr. Ruthie Neustifter is an openly sex-queer, non-binary genderqueer, poly, and kinky sex-positive advocate that aspires to base their work in anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches. Their work includes being an associate professor at the University of Guelph’s Couple & Family Therapy program, faculty facilitator of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Lab, co-chair of the Guelph Sexuality Conference, and author of The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty.

Apr. 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM