Becoming a Tutor


The Survivor Moms’ Companion meets the needs of agencies seeking to provide for child bearing people the highest standards of trauma-informed care, as specified by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This groundbreaking program is offered only through an end-user license from Growing Forward Together.

Because the SMC is an educational program, we refer to the individual one-to-one service providers as "tutors." Before signing the commitments below, please note the following:

  • SMC tutors work with survivor moms who are learning about how past trauma can affect pregnancy and parenting.
  • Trauma heals in relationship, so the tutoring role is central.
  • Tutors work by telephone, video-conference, or in person to deliver the three core parts of psychoeducation: new information, skills practice, and emotional support.
  • Tutors receive training, fidelity, supervision, and clinical supervision.
  • Nurses, social workers, psychologists, midwives, physicians, doulas, health educators, community outreach workers, or other experienced staff can become Tutors.
  • Training involves remote, video-facilitated training held for 2.5 hours a week over 6 weeks or a weekend training retreat in person. They can participate in a training case and fidelity supervision as well as clinical supervision as needed.
  • The SMC is fully manualized; workbooks, fidelity guides, assessment and charting tools, and checklists help tutors and clients stay on track.
Tutor Flow Chart