“When You’ve Already Been Hurt”: More Wisdom from Katy Mattingly

18 05 2010

We are delighted to welcome Katy Mattingly back to this summer’s Self-Defense Instructor’s Conference at Swarthmore College. Katy will be presenting what is sure to be a powerful and information packed workshop on teaching self-defense skillfully to survivors of trauma, with a special focus on our own personal recovery. Please see Katy’s biography and workshop description, below, and we look forward to seeing you in July!

“When You’ve Already Been Hurt: Healing Pain and Trauma for Self-Defense Instructors,” with Katy Mattingly. This workshop will build upon Katy’s powerful and popular session at SDIC 2009 – “When She’s Already Been Hurt: Challenges for Self-Defense Instructors.”  We’ll revisit key skills for teaching self-defense to survivors of trauma, this time with a special focus on our own personal recovery. Using broad, inclusive definitions of violence and recovery, we’ll consider what it takes from us and what it gives to us to be self-defense instructors. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on personal experiences, to work in pairs and small groups, and to listen to what’s working for others in the field. This workshop will help to explore options and provide direction if you’ve ever wondered: Am I healed enough to teach self-defense? Why do I get so wiped out after these classes? What is it about this student that’s driving me crazy? Is this burnout? What happens if I get triggered during a class? Why do my friends keep asking me if I’m taking care of myself? How long do I want to do this?

Some of us may have never considered the ways in which our own experiences of trauma influence our teaching. Others may have rich experience negotiating the healing process in a professional context. In a safe and friendly environment that honors your choices as an instructor, we’ll explore ways recovery from trauma can interfere with our work, as well as the immense rewards that can result. All are welcome, including: survivors, those who don’t identify as survivors, those teaching self-defense as a long-term career, and those exploring a new interest.

Katy Mattingly is the author of Self-Defense: Steps to Survival (Human Kinetics, 2007) and was the director of WAMM Self-Defense in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1996-2005. She was trained in the IMPACT system, which emphasizes physical and emotional realism, full-force practice against padded instructors, and individualized instruction designed for and by survivors of violence. As a survivor of sexual assault, Katy knows firsthand the challenges that victims face learning self-defense and deeply honors each student’s path to healing and freedom. Her teaching includes defenses against physical, verbal, and emotional attacks by friends, family, and strangers. She has been teaching for more than 15 years in a variety of venues, including corporations, universities, community centers, and domestic violence shelters. Katy is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She can be reached at www.YouCanDefendYourself.com.

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