Susan is available to provide training on the unique, innovative motivational model she has developed and successfully used with hundreds of women who have been abused to help them move from victim to survivor to thriver.

Empower your organization or practice

Susan’s training on her innovative, groundbreaking work can empower your organization or practice by injecting exciting new ideas and concepts into your program, policies or services. In the training, you will explore her motivational model and her highly successful work with women helping them reclaim their lives after abuse.

In the training, Susan can help you:

  • Identify particular barriers faced by survivors in moving beyond abuse.
  • Provide practical tips to motivate and empower survivors to become thrivers.
  • Strategize about how to work with women who may return to abuse, face addictions or experience low self-esteem.

Who should attend

If you work in a domestic violence/sexual assault services program, women’s organization substance abuse treatment program or inmate release program, this training can provide staff, volunteers and board members with a fresh, viable approach to working with women who get stuck in victim or survivor mode and cannot find their way to a positive, productive life after abuse.

If you are a child welfare worker, life coach, social worker, counselor, therapist, clinician, healthcare worker or doctor, Susan’s training can give you new ideas, skills, exercises and strategies to use in your practice to help women and their families reach treatment goals more steadily and successfully.

Who can benefit

  • Anyone currently working with women who have been abused and traumatized who would like to learn new techniques and improve skill in their practice or program.
  • Anyone currently conducting support or therapy groups for women who would like to consider a new curriculum and process for working through abuse and trauma.

What You Will Learn

The training will familiarize you with Susan’s seven-step model as presented in her book, Entering the Thriver Zone: A Seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse and enable you to use the book successfully with clients individually or with a support or therapy groups. The training specifically focuses on the movement from survivor to thriver and goes step-by-step through the chapters and exercises in the workbook. Also included is how to use Thriver Success Stories from book as well as songs, guided meditation and affirmations to motivate and inspire women to thrive.

During a half-day or full-day intensive training session, you will learn Susan’s unique and innovative motivational model, including how to:

  • Explore fairy tales in order to see the journey from victim to survivor to “thriver.”
  • Play in the “right brain” where intuition, creativity and passion lie.
  • Quiet down the Inner Critic, the negative voice that can sabotage progress forward.
  • Make contact with the “Happy Person Inside,” your cheerleader and best advocate.
  • Vision the new life women can create for themselves and their children.


"Throughout the past few years, I have sat through many resiliency workshops but your method for overcoming an abusive past and trauma is especially unique. I would like to use your healing processes with the victims that I work with. Furthermore, I purchased one of your books and I am working through it now."
Workshop Participant at Kansas Victims Rights Conference
Since the murder of her niece Maggie, Susan has been an agent of positive change for survivors and offenders alike, strengthening those hurt and converting those who harm. Words can hurt but also transform and Susan’s work in the Thriver Zone shows you how.”
Charlene Smith
South African multi-award-winning journalist, authorized biographer of Nelson Mandela, author of Proud of Me: Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence and HIV
“Susan’s books offer faith, courage and dignity to women who have survived the destructive and selfish actions of abusive men. Susan’s message is ‘Don’t settle for anything less than a life that is better than ever.’ She knows that women can do it and by the time a woman has worked her way through these excellent guidebooks for healing, she will believe it, too.”
Lundy Bancroft
Author, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men and Daily Wisdom for Why Does He Do That?
"Susan’s unique experience working with both victims and offenders alike and her strength-based approach to focusing on the goal of thriving makes her books an exceptional tool for survivors of abuse as well as professionals working with them so they can move forward into a more positive part of their lives."
Linda McMurray
LCSW, Domestic Violence Counselor
“Susan’s work and trainings are inspirational and motivational. Native women tell me that by focusing them on the goal of not being stuck in abuse, Susan gives them a choice to thrive, not just survive their experiences. They gain a sense of self-worth that has made a difference in their lives. We are truly blessed to have met Susan and been able to work with her.”
Sandra Toscano
Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate
“As a social worker and therapist who works with women with depression and trauma histories that frequently include domestic violence, I have found Susan’s work to be an invaluable resource. I especially like the exercises Susan has developed that bolsters the hopes and dreams of my clients and help them realize that they can succeed if they know what they value and care about. Her books give them great hope for the future and connects them with Susan and her story in a very personal way.”
Kathy G. Novak
“Susan’s books will touch a responsive chord in women who have been abused and those who advocate for them. Susan’s creativity, her inspirational workshops and her own personal journey make her books a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the empowerment of women.”
Alyce LaViolette
MS, MFT, Author, It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay
“Susan begins with a rare insight – that what makes a battered woman is not what the abuser has done to her but what he has kept her from doing for herself – and then takes her readers on a jubilant journey of self-realization. On the way, Susan helps them remake their world and get back in touch with their power and possibility.”
Evan Stark
PhD, MSW, Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark and Author of Coercive Control: How Men Entrap Women in Personal Life
“Susan’s work is impressive. I use her books in my practice, helping abuse survivors, young or old, move beyond survivor to thriver. Her materials can help all who have suffered trau­ma. I love how Susan’s books incorporate a journey to healing without having my clients relive the trauma itself.”
Diana Barnes-Fox
“Susan is a talented, gifted and committed healer with a heartfelt message that enables those who have suffered to dare to hope again. Her books are not only timely, but timeless as well.”
Anita Swanson
RN, Author, Slow Hope, Long Journey Home
“Susan’s work has been developed from the heart and appeals to the emotions, the mind,and the subconscious. She has impacted the lives of countless women, helping them rethink and re-imagine their experiences of being abused so they can recover their lives with dignity,success, and hope.”
Kathryn Tull
MA, LMFT, Author, Next Bold Step: Learning to Love and Value Yourself and Know That You Matter!
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