Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


The Science and the Power of HOPE

The Science and the Power of HOPE

Casey Gwinn, through his work and research with adult and child victims of domestic and sexual assault, is one of the leading writers and thinkers in the country right now on how to cultivate hope in the midst of stress and trauma. Join us to hear Casey’s encouragement and learn about small ways we can keep restoring hope in our lives in the midst of intense direct and vicarious trauma.

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When Helping Them is Hurting You

When Helping Them is Hurting You

High levels of stress have become the accepted norm in working with victims of trauma, and the effects of that stress run the risk of being ignored. Identifying physical stress triggers in the workplace is essential to building resilience. The more empathic a service provider is, the greater the risk. Ineffective supervision, large caseloads, lack of recovery time between client contacts, traumatized or complex clients, lack of team approach in the workplace, and a lack of supports to meet client/patient needs are other risk factors. A focus on prevention avoids more serious problems later. Like risk factors, there are protective factors inherent in the person and protective factors inherent in the organization. An individual approach is needed to protect service providers against vicarious trauma. Protective factors, like risk factors, are unique to the individual along with their specific personality, characteristics, and experiential background.

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Case Closed

Case Closed

“Case Closed,” a six-part series published in the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer chronicled what Fedor did next – she tracked down the man on her own, learning along the way that he was a serial rapist who raped a young woman in the same dingy basement she had escaped from months after she made her report. Fedor pushed through guilt, and shame that she had relapsed after more than a decade of sobriety, and the indifference of a chronically under-resourced sex crimes unit that passed her case from one busy, burned-out detective to the next. The discussion will include reflections from Sandi and her therapist, who supported her through the process.

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Trauma, Stress, Resilience and Culture

Trauma, Stress, Resilience and Culture

Cultural trauma, Historical trauma, and Intergeneration trauma disrupts our sense of self, meaning, and control. In this workshop we address the intersection of culture and trauma and define resilience from a cultural perspective. The emotional, social, and cognitive effects of trauma/resilience are discussed and presented using cultural grams, genogram examples, as well as enneagram implications. Solutions, tools and practices are presented, experientially and in a toolbox of care. The trauma informed principles and culturally specific approaches are presented and discussed as well.

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Tell Your Truth: The Crossroads of Trauma Informed Education and the Criminal Justice System

Tell Your Truth: The Crossroads of Trauma Informed Education and the Criminal Justice System

Girls in the Juvenile Justice system are disproportionately victims of sexual violence. Girl’s common, age-appropriate reactions to trauma are criminalized and exacerbated by the involvement in the juvenile justice system. In addition, the mental health diagnoses for our justice engaged girls is at 80% while boys are at 67%.

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More Than Title IX: Using Restorative Justice to Address Sexual Harm Among Secondary School Students

More Than Title IX: Using Restorative Justice to Address Sexual Harm Among Secondary School Students

This research examines – through policy analysis and semi-structured interviews – the possibilities and limitations of a restorative justice framework in addressing sexual violence among secondary school students. For policy analysis, the research looks specifically at three components of responding to sexual harm as detailed in the 2011 Dear Colleague letter and the 2020 new Title IX regulations: mediation, supportive measures, and confidentiality.

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Bringing Sexual Violence Trauma-Informed Services Behind Bars: Getting a PREA Program off the Ground

Bringing Sexual Violence Trauma-Informed Services Behind Bars: Getting a PREA Program off the Ground

In this workshop, using HAWC’s efforts to develop and sustain the expanded PREA programming in the greater Houston area, participants will learn about the critical need for and potential ways to create a PREA program, as well as best practices for working collaboratively with detention facility administration and staff. Because this programming connects to long-term social justice goals, the workshop also will include information about supporting survivors upon reentry. Participants also will have the opportunity to view the HAWC-Harris County Sheriff’s Office short film, Your Rights As An Inmate: Responding to and Reporting Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment. This collaboratively written and produced film is a powerful example of resource advocacy. The film features HAWC and Harris County Jail staff, as well as testimony from incarcerated survivors.

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“I Wish I Knew This Earlier” – Implementing Mandated Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement

“I Wish I Knew This Earlier” – Implementing Mandated Sexual Assault Training for Law Enforcement

This workshop, presented by a training program manager, police sergeant, and EVAWI President, explains the early development, implementation, and formative evaluation of Washington’s legislation in support of sexual assault victims. It provides an overview on the development of an innovative training model for all officers that investigate adult sexual assault.

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Self-Care is NOT Selfish: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue

Self-Care is NOT Selfish: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue

There is now over two decades of research proving that working in high stress, trauma-exposed professions such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and law enforcement, carries elements of risk to the staff. Using the most recent research in the field, this interactive, evidence-based, and trauma-informed presentation will explore assumptions about compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and burnout, the organizational and personal barriers that professionals face in their daily lives and offer new creative approaches, resources and hands-on tools for maintaining healthy and resilient staff.

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Every Opportunity to Heal

Every Opportunity to Heal

Physically and sexually abused in her marriage for years by the first person she ever loved, a man who grew to 400 pounds and acted out rape and torture fantasies against her with an obsessive fetish, Cindy Brock lived a nightmare. When she reached out for help to a friend, the woman stopped speaking to her out of her own fear.

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