Brittany Piper

Brittany Piper overcame one of the most horrific events any of us could imagine: sexual assault. Now as a leading national expert on sexual violence and prevention, and a healing and wellness coach—Brittany uses her story of adversity, resilience and triumph to empower and inspire audiences to take brave action in their own lives and communities.

TOPICS


  • Addiction
  • Body Image
  • Bystander Intervention
  • First Year Experience
  • Health & Wellness
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Stress Management
  • Title IX
  • Women’s Empowerment

KEYNOTES


WORKSHOP


Brittany Piper, teaching how to harness our hardship and grow.

Getting to know

Brittany Piper

Brittany Piper is an international activist, speaker and healing coach— cultivating 400+ programs spanning 10 years and 3 continents. Her work has been recognized by The United States Army, the Laura Bush Institute of Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily + more. She is a rape survivor and leading national expert and advocate on sexual violence prevention and recovery—speaking to tens of thousands of audience members each year. She is also a forensic neurobiology expert— conducting dozens of trauma-informed trainings and programs with the United States Army and Sex Crimes Detectives annually. Lastly, she is trauma-informed life coach—empowering survivors to heal their past, so they can thrive in the present.

“If we can harness our hardships with the intent to grow through what we go through…we can do amazing things.”
– Brittany Piper

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

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LOGISTICAL MATERIALS

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Speaking introduction (PDF)
Discussion questions (PDF)

Connect with Brittany
These were hard lessons I learned in my personal recovery, as well as witnessed within this community and with my clients. I hope they help you in your journey! Do any resonate with you.? Drop your thoughts below 🤎

…and get ready to heal with me, starting February 6th!!
There were times in my life that the emotions tethered to my traumas were unbearable to be with. Grief, anger, resentment, shame.

There were chapters I truly wondered if I’d even survive, if the pain would ever leave, if I’d ever feel joy again.

The good news is, I’m here today. Living with joy and peace and gratitude, while ALSO still loving with the pain of the past. There’s a misconception in most healing that things “get better” or “less intense” with time. But it’s not the time that heals us, it’s US that heals us. It’s our capacity and ability to be with that pain that GROWS.

We call this resilience. The ability to withstand more. That’s the work we’re passionate about—helping our clients to cultivate better tools, resources and capacity to be with the pain of the past…while ALSO prioritizing the joy of the present. Because the truth is, avoiding is not the same thing as healing. Ready to take that step with us at @healinghubclub ?! Join our team of Somatic Trauma Practitioners Feb. 6th for the beginning of a new chapter. 🤎
Five reasons you may fee STUCK in talk therapy…

1. It takes on avg. 18-20 years for evidence based research to transform into medical practice
2. Science now PROVES trauma is processed and stored through the body and nervous system. When unhealed, our
system gets STUCK in states of survival (fight, flight, shutdown/freeze).
3. The Nervous System is subcortical (below the cortex or “thinking/talking’ brain). It operates through feeling, NOT
verbal language. IE: why we can’t just talk our way out of how we’re feeling.
4. Therefore, healing FIRST happens when we get
OUT OF OUR HEADS and into our bodies
5. Bottom line: Trauma isn’t over until the body
and Nervous System say it’s over (comes back into regulation, ie rest & digest).

As Somatic Trauma Practitioners, that’s exactly what our team at the @healinghubclub is trained to do. And as survivors who’ve walked this path and know from experience the PROFOUND transformation that can come from regulating your Nervous System to heal trauma…we’re passionate about helping fellow survivors to experience the same. Heal with us, starting Feb 6th!! 🤎
Your nervous system doesn’t operate through thought, because it’s not located in the conscious-thinking brain. The language of your nervous system mirrors the language of the parts of the brain it inhabits (reptilian brain: sensation, limbic brain: emotion & feeling).

This is why merely changing our thoughts will only be a temporary solution to healing trauma. So, how do we SHOW our system that: we’re safe, that the threat from the past is over, that it’s ok to be present in our bodies again?

Here are some simple steps to bring in a FELT SENSE of safety into your system…

1. Orienting to the sensory information of your environment that feels safe (or at least neutral/non-threatening). Ie the sun on your skin, the smell of nature, the sound of someone’s laugh that you love, the sight of a bird. Really take time to SAVOR and deepen this sensory awareness.

2. Co-regulation: how do you feel safe with others? Is it cuddling, hugging, talking, laughing, resting or playing together? Your system is hard-wired for connection. Take intentional time to do just that.

3. Creating TINY INTENTIONS that prioritize you and help you to grow. Going on a walk, taking time to stretch, treating yourself to something, setting small boundaries.

4. Self-touch. Allowing your body to feel held, rocked, massaged or cared for shows the system you’re safe.

5. Moments for joy: healing is just as much about strengthening heart centered emotions, as it is about working through painful emotions. How can you welcome & prioritize more joy into your life? Being more present with your partner or children, taking a staycation, going to a park, playing, getting outside?

Try these out for a time, and let me know how they land in your system 🤎
I’m a big proponent of talk therapy, when it’s trauma informed (like my therapist is). What does that mean…?

Our current medical system for healing trauma is well, dated. Here’s why…

In the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, there was a large advancement in medical technology, leading to more accurate neuroimaging of the brain. Around this time, we saw the emergence of studies that proved that Recall Therapy (recalling or talking about past trauma) did 3 things:

1. Drastically activated in the amygdala (the fear/threat center in the brain)
2. Decreased activity in the Prefrontal Cortex (the “talking and thinking” part of the brain)
3. Exasperated symptoms such as anxiety, depression and PTSD

Plain and simple: just talking about your trauma can actually be more harmful than helpful.

The science also shows that we’re “bottom-up” beings, meaning that 80% of the informational messages sent through our vagus nerve are from BODY TO BRAIN, and only 20% are sent from BRAIN TO BODY. Bottom line: the ancient wisdom of the body will always trump our thoughts.

The research also provided that the explicit memory center of the brain (hippocampus) deactivates during trauma. And that trauma is instead stored in the implicit memory centers of the brain (emotional memory, muscle memory, sensory memory & autonomic memory).

This is why healing must FIRST take a bottom-up approach: by focusing on the body, regulating the nervous systems survival response (ie deactivating the amygdala), and processing emotions. Until this happens, the top-down approach of cognitive processing (thinking & talking) is counterproductive.

So how did we get here? Well, it takes an average of 17 years for proven scientific research to be translated to a medical working model.

The good news is, we’re finally at that new frontier, where the research is being put into practice, with body-based modalities being priority #1!

As Somatic Trauma Practitioners, that’s exactly what we’re trained to do at the Healing Hub. We’re excited to be a part of that frontier. We help you to heal the imprints that trauma has left on your nervous system & body. Check out our site for more info to begin healing with us 🤎
Neurception is your nervous systems ability to detect either threat or safety, without your minds awareness. It’s a subconscious process that’s constantly happening, through the senses. Think of it as your security system that’s always scanning in the background. The nervous system asks: “is it safe, or not safe?”

For instance, the sound of a monotone-uninterested voice could activate your system to into states of protection (fight, flight, freeze/shutdown). But a voice with higher inflection and more prosody (rhythmic variation in vocal tone: think baby talk or doggie talk) feels much more safe to the system and will activate the regulation of the Ventral State (rest/digest/connection [social engagement]).

Because the nervous system communicates through the senses, to achieve regulation we must SHOW, not tell, the system and brain that we are safe.

Take a moment to focus on one of the 5 senses. What cue of safety can you find in your environment? Really take time to savor that sensory cue. Soak it in in all its detail and nuance.

Signs you’re becoming regulated:
- breath becomes more steady
- heart rate slows
- awareness of the present space around you
- face muscles soften
- yawn, sigh, swallow
- ease in the body and fascia
- feeling more grounded in your sit bones or feet
- gaze becomes more peripheral/wide
- tingling, feeling or flow moving through limbs

Try this practice out and let me know how it goes 🤎
People pleasers….Give these a try and let me know how they land 🤎
The goal of nervous system regulation is not to avoid or minimize triggers, but to create more space to be with them. Here’s how…
2022. You were quite the year. One that’s truly hard to put into words.

My word and vision for 2022 was “faith expands territory.” In so many ways that was accomplished—through the growing of our family, my businesses & team, this community, our home, and the Healing Hub’s mission crossing state and international lines.

But as with all growth and expansion comes discomfort and pain. There were highs, and of course lows. I learned a lot this year. About myself, about my healing, about my relationships, boundaries and desires.

Looking forward to carrying this expanded version of me into 2023. Thank you for sharing this space with me, this corner of the internet truly means this world to me 🤎
Baby Girl on the way, June 2023 🤎

It was this time last year when we made the bold decision to begin trying for baby number two. Little did we know, the nine months that followed would come with an abundance of tears, labs & doctors appointments, negative tests, and desperate moments spent in prayer. 

Ironically enough, the month before we got pregnant, we had made the hard choice to stop trying.

I had just started my period on day 1 of our retreat in Montana. I remember walking out of the bathroom early that morning in tears and being wrapped up in hugs by my team, and my mom, aunt and cousin who were there. The next day I found myself on top of a mountain, in my favorite place in the world, sitting next to a glacial lake…and I decided then and there that I was done. 

I remember returning home to David, and reflecting on how grateful we were for our sweet Noah. We were more than content with this little slice of life we had carved out for our family of three. We agreed then, we were ready to stop trying.

So I packed away my ovulation tests, deleted my conception tracker app from my phone, stopped taking my prenatal vitamin, cancelled my preconception appointments, and started to soak into our new reality.

By the time I realized I was pregnant, it was so far off my radar that I was 12 days late before it even hit me that something was different. 

And now, here we are. 3-month baby girl in my belly, and even more grateful heart for this miracle called life.

I have so much to share about this journey: how it’s been, and how we hope for it to go. But for now I just want to soak in this moment out loud 🙏🏻☺️
BRB, I’m busy resting. Normally scheduled content will resume in the New Year. Looking forward to sharing more snippets of my personal life over the next week. Happy Holidays my friends 🤎🎄☃️

** Proven benefits of rest: improves cognitive function, decreases mental health issues and chronic stress, allows for physical and mental recovery, enhanced performance, productivity, concentration and creativity.
How do you start each day? Let me know below 🤎
SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY About Brittany Piper!

Brittany is absolutely amazing. We had her last year for the first time and I have never sat through a program with 700+ freshmen who were attentive and actually impacted by the presentation. Our students did not stop talking about the presentation for some time. Our student leaders were in awe. Brittany has been amazing and our students really gravitate towards her. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is without a doubt the best speaker we have ever brought in. She is the type of person the world needs more of.

— Alyssa Caliguri

Assistant Director for First Year Student Success, Western New England University

Brittany is relevant, straightforward and real, and represents herself, her story and her ideas with grace and clarity. Brittany has a strong understanding of sexual violence and rape culture, and speaks from the perspective of a survivor, a peer, and an accomplished world traveler and artist.

— Sarah Diaz

Butler University

Brittany Piper is a dynamic and charismatic speaker who commands the room in an effortless way. Her story is poignant and inspiring to all those in attendance. Attendees leave the room better off having had the privilege of listening to her!

— Marcus Foster

Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Geneseo

We can not say enough good things about Brittany’s talk. We are still talking about it days later. It was beyond perfect. We were so impressed with her ability to tie so much important information in to your talk. We are so glad to have heard about Brittany and would not hesitate to tell many others how amazing she is!

— Katie Kitschke

Executive Director, SAFFRON Centre

Brittany was incredible for us. A very brave woman who delivers her message very clearly while creating a safe and supportive environment for all. The perspective she brings paired with the facts, statistics, and her personal experience make for a very eye opening event. You definitely walk away feeling supported, challenged, empowered, and with new information that you didn’t have before. Highly recommend Brittany Piper!

— Jen Muston

Director of Student Activities, York College of Pennsylvania

Thank you to Brittany. We have continue to bring her back as a part of our orientation program. She has a strong message, delivers it in the right way and is open to connecting with our students.

— Eva Robbins

Keuka College

Brittany has an incredible ability to share her experiences and connect with students. Several students commented that they benefited personally from her story, her courage, and her willingness to promote change.

— Laura Smitch

Sex Crimes Detective, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

KEYNOTES

Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective

Brittany Piper was 20 years old when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good samaritan. Now, nearly ten years later, she refuses to keep silent as she gently unravels this sensitive topic with audiences, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of this prevalent issue. As a survivor and women’s studies scholar (focusing on Gender Based Violence, Prevention and Rape Culture), with extensive work in local and international organizations (including Rape Crisis Centers in conflict countries): Brittany is able to use her perspective as a survivor, as well as a trauma and prevention expert, to educate communities and organizations on the many perspectives of sexual violence prevention AND recovery.

Her personal and moving story, blended with a non-judgmental and healthy dialogue about rape, compelling research, and interactive activities, offers a meaningful picture of the realities of the toxic culture in which we live. Brittany reveals how we all participate in rape culture, even from a young age, and helps individuals to understand the role they play in either perpetuating or ending the cycle. Participants leave feeling empowered to not only combat sexual violence in their communities, but to be a pillar of strength for the survivors around them.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • What consent looks like, especially when alcohol and other substances are involved.
  • How to address the community’s involvement in rape culture through such concepts as: victim-blaming, rape myths, and more.
  • Ability to identify potentially dangerous situations.
  • Safe and effective ways to directly or indirectly intervene as an active bystander.
  • The physical, mental and emotional impact that sexual violence can have on an individual.
  • How to support peers who have experienced sexual assault.
From Hardship to Leadership: Transforming Pain into Progress

Brittany’s world was turned upside down with the sudden death of her brother. Heartbroken, she surrendered to alcohol dependency. Five years later, she was brutally raped and beaten by a stranger. Again, her pain consumed her, until she hit rock bottom. She had to make a choice: continue on the path of self-destruction or salvage the beauty from her brokenness. She chose the latter, picking herself up with resilience and a newfound appreciation for the purpose in her pain. It was then that she found that life’s overarching mission, to forge connectedness and be of service to others, was far greater than any adversity standing in her way. That’s what fuels her today as a renown social entrepreneur, international photojournalist for women’s crisis centers, rape prevention speaker and wellness coach.

In this session, Brittany will illustrate that when we choose to salvage our suffering through strength and empathy, we can also become a beacon of hope and support for those still lost in the dark. Combining raw and relatable stories, actionable advice, and compelling research, this experience will empower audiences to take brave action in their own lives.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to recognize and challenge the cultural stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental health, addiction, eating disorders, and the countless other ways that trauma “lives out loud.”
  • When acknowledging adversity: shame promotes opposition in our lives, whereas empathy promotes opportunity.
  • Our deepest pain can be the seed to our greatest purpose.
  • Pain is universal, we have a choice to seek joy and compassion over bitterness and self-pity.
  • The 3-step process to “purposing your pain.”
After the Assault: Healing Through Self-Care for Survivors and Their Peers

Ending sexual assault on college campuses has never been more important. Messaging highlighting primary prevention makes up the majority of programming, and rightfully so. But outside of on-campus resources, how are survivors and their peers who support them being equipped to care for themselves from the inside out? Brittany Piper understands the severity of maintaining a self-care routine from the perspective of a survivor, as well as a supporter who has worked in rape crisis centers around the world. From battling with shame, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and/or Secondary Traumatic Stress, these are the challenges students face after being exposed to trauma. In this interactive program, Brittany will walk students through emotional, mental and body exercises designed to root out the toxins that sexual assault leaves in its wake. In addition, they will receive a self-care workbook, empowering them to support themselves and others in their healing.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to develop a personalized self-care routine that will be beneficial in the recovery process following an assault or secondary exposure to trauma,
  • How to identify and root out blocks that are holding them back from healing,
  • Self-care exercises that confront feelings of depression, shame, fear, anxiety, and more,
  • Everyday healing routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, and body awareness,
  • How to handle triggering events or situations in a healthy way,
  • How to navigate relationships following an assault or secondary exposure to trauma,
  • How to build confidence and self-worth,
  • Breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and self-love

WORKSHOP

Mental, Spiritual and Body Wellness in a Millennial World: Self-care for an Aligned Life

Brittany knows from first-hand experience the havoc that college life can inflict on student wellness. She vividly remembers the all-nighters, pumped up on stimulant medication and Red Bull. The skipping meals because she was either “too busy to eat” or trying to maintain a body image that was unrealistic. She remembers the alcohol abuse, the lack of self-worth, the constant comparison to others, and the regular around-the-clock routine of pretending to have a “perfect life.” Brittany knows what it is like to have the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and trying to manage those things with medications.

Unfortunately, the reality is that there is an increase in suicide, eating disorders and alcohol abuse on college campuses while students struggle to find a healthy balance between school, work and their lives in general.

Brittany is now in a place where she feels rooted in peace and acceptance. She appreciates and loves her body and is finally in-tune with her physical, mental and emotional health. She’s created a life that she is in love with and she always makes her self-work take priority over other work.

In this workshop-style program, Brittany shares with students the ways they can focus on bringing wellness to their mind, body, and spirit. She believes that the way to long-lasting wellness includes all three branches in unison. With a combination of mental health and body awareness, spiritual coaching and yoga, Brittany will guide students through an introspective lens where they can dive deep into: body alignment, personal power, vision, boundaries, gratitude, self-talk, slowing down, unplugging, practicing presence and mindfulness, the relationship between mood and food, and more.

In this space, students will be provided with supplemental journal materials that are customized around these self-care exercises, which will be practiced during the program and can be used afterward as students begin to develop their own self-care routine.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to position themselves for a present and aligned life – mentally, spiritually and physically,
  • Self-care exercises to use to confront feelings of depression, stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt,
  • Everyday routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, body awareness, boundaries and unplugging,
  • Ways they can nourish their bodies with foods that fuel them, rather than work against them, including a meal guide with nutrient-dense recipes,
  • How to build confidence and self-worth and how not to fall victim to society’s ideals of beauty, and
  • Breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and love.

BRITTANY’S BLOGS

The following are past entries Brittany has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog