Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma


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Part 1 Understanding sexual trauma Introduction: Setting the context Danielle Rousseau and Dani Harris Understanding trauma Lidia Snyder and Danielle Rousseau Understanding sexual trauma Dani Harris and Danielle Rousseau Part 2 Introduction to best practices Best practices for creating a trauma-informed yoga experience Lidia Snyder, Beth Jones and Nan Herron General best practices in working with survivors of sexual trauma Dani Harris and Amanda Napior Relational wisdom: self-care, boundaries, compassionate leadership and cultural humility Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewit Part 3 Development and sexual trauma Pregnancy and postpartum Amanda Napior Children and Adolescents Lidia Snyder Part 4 Identities and intersectional perspectives Gender and sexual minorities community Dani Harris Men Daniel Hickman Elderly and people with disabilities Beth Jones Part 5 Contexts of abuse Sexual trauma on college and university campuses James Jurgensen Military sexual trauma Pamela Stokes Eggleston Intimate partner violence Amanda Napior Sex Trafficking Amanda Napior Incarcerated survivors Amanda Napior Abuse in religious, spiritual and intentional communities Amanda Napior Part 6 Conclusion A call to action for yoga Danielle Rousseau and Dani Harris
Danielle Rousseau is an Assistant Professor at Boston University. Dr. Rousseau's professional focus has been in trauma services and gender advocacy. She is a social justice researcher and practitioner. Dr. Rousseau worked in the field of forensic mental health as a therapist in correctional facilities, winning multiple awards for her service. She also served communities doing crisis response and victim advocacy. Her research, teaching and practice focus on justice, trauma, gender, mental health, mindfulness and resilience. She is an advocate of integrative, holistic approaches that support embodied self-care. Dr. Rousseau is a licensed therapist and certified yoga teacher. She serves as the Director of Evaluation 4 Change and has experience collaborating with multiple yoga and mindfulness organizations including Yoga 4 Change, yogaHOPE, the Yoga Service Council, Sensory Enhanced Yoga, and the Open Spirit Center. Dr. Rousseau has received multiple grants including a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation to develop, implement and evaluate an opioid specific yoga and mindfulness curriculum. Dr. Rousseau's work is published in many books and journals including Sensory-Enhanced Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma Healing, The Prison Journal, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Gender, Race, and Justice, Law and Society Review, The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and The Journal of Yoga Service. Dr. Rousseau is an author on the Yoga Service Council's Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System and the editor for Yoga and Resilience: Empowering Practices for Survivors of Sexual Trauma.

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