Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


In It for the Long-Haul: Concrete Strategies for Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace

In It for the Long-Haul: Concrete Strategies for Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace

In recent years, there has been a push for organizations to become trauma-informed. While this is a necessary endeavor that many technical assistance providers have pivoted many trainings towards, there is a dearth of information about what it means to build vicarious trauma (VT) awareness into an organization. Trainings provide a wonderful resource for staff and supervisors, however, becoming a trauma-informed workplace must do more to ensure systemic and ongoing efforts to reduce VT in the workplace. Government organizations often have additional barriers that limit how funds and resources are used.

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The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force: Transforming Texas’ Response to Sexual Violence

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force: Transforming Texas’ Response to Sexual Violence

This presentation will highlight the outcomes of a bipartisan legislation designed to improve Texas’ response to sexual assault, culminating in the creation and implementation of a statewide Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force (SASTF) in Texas in 2019. This was a pivotal moment for sexual assault survivors in Texas, a state that has witnessed the passage of key legislation prioritizing survivors’ needs. This legislation includes newly mandated requirements for increased system accountability and transparency; the collection of multiple data sets illuminating critical aspects of how the system is functioning; and the creation of a statewide task force that includes survivors along with some of Texas’ foremost experts and practitioners in the field of sexual assault.

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A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

Racial justice is a public health and safety issue. The history of systemic racism and structural disempowerment in the United States sets the stage for a multitude of problems in vulnerable populations. In communities of color, health disparities related to bias and persistent institutional mistreatment and trauma are pervasive. For victims of color, who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, these harmful structures can be increasingly disenfranchising and act as barriers to engagement in services, participation in the criminal justice system, and can also lead to negative case outcomes.

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The Trauma of Incarceration

The Trauma of Incarceration

When addressing the collateral consequences of incarceration, there is very little attention paid to the traumatic impact of the experience of incarceration, and the effect that it has on successful reconnection with family and the community upon release. This session will explore the prevalence of pre-incarceration trauma; individual and institutional trauma that is experienced while incarcerated; incarceration as trauma; and the impact that these experiences have on currently and formerly incarcerated people.

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A Story of Triumph Over Tragedy

A Story of Triumph Over Tragedy

She never aspired to be the subject of the Top Story on the evening news, but Michelle Corrao’s abduction was the final crime in a string of assaults on women in Central Indiana. The events of September 12, 1996, would change the entire course of her life. In the days that followed, she could not imagine how she could ever live a normal, happy life; and she certainly never wanted to talk about it.

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When Victims of Crime Become Defendants: Should Context Matter?

When Victims of Crime Become Defendants: Should Context Matter?

What does justice look like when a victim of a crime becomes a defendant? This session will inspire every kind of professional to consider context in their response in these cases. Incarcerated women experience staggering rates of sexual assault and domestic violence across the life span leading up to the offenses for which they are charged or convicted.

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What You Focus On Grows: Stop Justifying Victims’ Behavior and Focus on Offenders’ Predatory Conduct

What You Focus On Grows: Stop Justifying Victims’ Behavior and Focus on Offenders’ Predatory Conduct

All too often investigators and prosecutors seek to justify a victim’s behavior, instead of focusing on the offender’s conduct. This session re-imagines offender focused investigations in a meaningful way and gives participants concrete ideas to create system changes within their own community. In this session, Dr. David Lisak, who has spent his career interviewing ‘undetected rapists’ will highlight some of his findings and help participants better understand the predatory nature of sexual violence.

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The Mask of Bondage: Post-Pandemic Challenges Prosecuting Human Trafficking: Tips and Trends

The Mask of Bondage: Post-Pandemic Challenges Prosecuting Human Trafficking: Tips and Trends

This program will cover post-pandemic trends and developments regarding detection, documentation, and relational dynamics involved in human trafficking cases. The presenter will cover the unique and sensitive issues involved in working with human trafficking survivors who face a host of challenges during the pandemic, and often do not identify as victims. This program will include a discussion of modern-day victim-law enforcement interactions, pandemic trauma-bonding, and other challenges faced by prosecutors currently handling such cases.

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Why Should We Care About the Science? Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault on Victim Responses, Behaviors, and Memories

Why Should We Care About the Science? Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault on Victim Responses, Behaviors, and Memories

By applying a scientific understanding of trauma and trauma-informed interviewing principles, investigators can help victims to recall and share details about their sexual assault. These details will then guide the resulting investigation, including interviews with respondents and witnesses, other types of evidence, and corroborative information. Decision makers can piece these details together to compile a more comprehensive and evidence-based account of the sexual assault, and enhance case determinations.

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The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job

The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job

We are facing unprecedented challenges as our nation confronts a pandemic, a racial reckoning, and economic and political turmoil simultaneously. Rates of anxiety and depression have tripled; meanwhile, communication skills are dwindling. The way we support each other through this challenging time will have lasting effects. When we respond well to those in trauma, we build strong bonds of trust and enhance communication.

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