Dr. Christy Sim is contracted with GBHEM Publishing to write a book for professionals responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She proposes proper responses (that lead to thriving after the experience of violence) start with understanding how the body reacts to trauma.
Sim works with AIMS Training and Consulting, with Chief Anthony Williams, through Cedar Valley College as the family violence subject matter expert, training Church Safety Seminars and a variety of other courses.
Sim frequently speaks, trains, and consults with nonprofits on trauma and healing (see Schedule).
She currently sits on the Institutional Review Board for Claremont School of Theology where she assesses care for vulnerable populations being researched by PhD and Masters Students and advises PhD students on a case-by-case basis.
She was previously the Executive Director of Stronger, an organization that designed and provided healing tools for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also spent time as the Accreditation and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) where she worked with 29 domestic violence and sexual assault programs helping enable a standard of trauma-informed care.
Sim has experience as an Expert Witness for the District Attorney’s Office in criminal court, testifying on victim and perpetrator behavior. She also serves on multiple Crime Victims Councils in the North Texas region.
She graduated August of 2014 with a doctorate in Global Health and Wholeness with her main area of emphasis and research in healing after Domestic Violence from St. Paul’s School of Theology. Her dissertation was titled: Body, Theology, and Intimate Partner Violence: Healing Fragmentation through Spiritual Play. She holds an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Sim has over 480 hours of additional training in domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, legal and forensic implications of violence, the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed care, gender, and developing a community’s response to violence.
Sim has a chapter, “Celebration of Strength” in the book Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith (Eds. Lane and Okoro; White Cloud Press, 2013).
Sim is active publishing online with Christian Feminism Today and Evangelicals for Social Action on how faith communities can respond to violence in healthy ways and how this intersects with notions of the divine feminine. She also has guest posts on a variety of places (such as Feminism and Religion).
Sim’s recent paper presentations and research include “The Dehumanization of Abuse” at a conference on domestic violence in British Columbia and “How the Church can have a Voice and Role in Healing After Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” at the 53rd meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society Meeting.
In the academic world, Sim has taught several courses for Friends University (Wichita, KS), including: Imagining Healing for Violence & Poverty, a basic Introduction to Ethics Class, and Philosophy and spoke for various institutions such as Collin College.
Sim is trained and certified by A Window Between Worlds to offer Trauma Art Healing Workshops for survivors and professionals working with survivors.
She has also volunteered with various organizations to teach courses on ‘surviving violence’ and ‘self-care towards healing,’ created from her doctoral research and designed to help mothers with young children after the experience of violence.
Interested in bringing Christy in for a speaking event or training? Contact is available here.
Download the Brochure for Dr. Christy Sim here: Brochure – Dr Christy Sim