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Addressing Sexual Trauma and Childbirth-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CB-PTSD)

As a part of its Innovations in Counseling series, the NBCC Foundation invites you to a no-cost webinar on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, from 1–2 pm EDT. Live webinars are available at no cost, and documentation of one clock hour of continuing education is available for registrants who attend the full webinar.

Childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD) is the occurrence of PTSD symptoms in mothers who perceive themselves and/or their child as being in actual or threatening danger of death or severe injury during childbirth. CB-PTSD is experienced by at least 4% of all birthing individuals, and many more experience sub-syndromal symptoms. Researchers have found that CB-PTSD symptoms have a negative association with mother–infant attachment and the child’s behavior. Untreated CB-PTSD may also result in anger and rejection toward the infant. Furthermore, birthing individuals who have experienced CB-PTSD report feeling acute suicidal ideation, intense fear of becoming pregnant again, and relational difficulties with friends and intimate partners.

The occurrence of CB-PTSD is complicated by the individual’s history of sexual trauma. Extant research indicates that when medical professionals ignore an individual’s sexual trauma history and engage in disempowering medical practices, individuals may re-experience trauma symptoms and feel a lack of control. They may believe that they are again in actual and/or perceived danger. Despite the close relationship between sexual trauma and CB-PTSD and the pervasiveness of CB-PTSD, there is limited research on the same within the counseling literature, leaving mental health practitioners with scant guidance on how to assess and treat the same. This webinar will offer attendees detailed training on CB-PTSD, its symptoms, and treatment options with special emphasis on working with individuals with a sexual trauma history.

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and diagnose childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD).
  • Understand the relationship between sexual trauma and CB-PTSD.
  • Determine specific strategies to advocate for women who have experienced CB-PTSD.



Dr. Valli
S. Anandavalli (she, her, hers), PhD, NCC, LPC (I), CCTP

Dr. Valli is an award-winning, nationally recognized trauma-informed mental health counselor and counselor educator. She is the owner and founder of Soulfulness Counseling, LLC, a private practice dedicated to serving women exposed to early childhood trauma. An expert on minority women’s mental health needs, she has served as a consultant and speaker for nonprofits and Oregon state government agencies. She is a leader and change agent within the counseling profession and spearheaded several grant-funded research initiatives that have been published in top-tier peer-reviewed counseling and allied journals. A former tenure-track assistant professor, she currently adjuncts for accredited counseling programs.

Dr. Litam
Stacey Diane Arañez Litam (she, her, siya), PhD, NCC, LPCC-S, CCMHC

Dr. Litam is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University, a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor, and a diplomate and clinical sexologist with the American Board of Sexology. Dr. Litam is a member of the Forbes Health Advisory Board and internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the impact of COVID-19–related discrimination on the mental health and well-being of disaggregated AAPI communities and communities of color. She is an immigrant and identifies as a Chinese and Filipina American woman.

Dr. Litam is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and content expert on topics related to mental health, sexual well-being, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander concerns. She has been featured in Forbes Health, National Public Radio (NPR), podcasts, news outlets, and in legislative arenas.

Dr. Litam provides clinical trainings, workshops, plenary speeches, and keynotes on a wide range of topics, including anti-Asian hate and mental health outcomes; responding to workplace discrimination; promoting mental health in the workplace; navigating intergenerational and collective trauma; challenging implicit bias; supporting colleagues with marginalized identities; and cultivating culturally responsive work environments. Dr. Litam has published over 40 academic peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has facilitated hundreds of workshops and trainings.

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