Webinar Series: Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) recently announced a new, two-part webinar series, Neurobiology of Sexual Assault, to be held September 15 and September 19, 2016.

Part 1: Experience and Behavior

Thursday, September 15th
90 Minutes
11:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM MT / 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET

Traumatic experiences have immediate, automatic and powerful effects on the human brain. This presentation explains how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault, resulting in experiences and behaviors that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault.

Participants will learn about the key brain circuitries impacted by fear and trauma, including the prefrontal cortex and the fear circuitry. Participants will come to understand brain-based responses to sexual assault, especially those associated with involuntary habits and reflexes. This presentation provides a critical foundation for learning and applying trauma-informed responses with people who have been sexually assaulted.

Part 2: Experience and Memory

Monday, September 19th
90 Minutes
11:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM MT / 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET

Traumatic experiences have immediate, powerful and potentially long-lasting effects on the human brain. This presentation explains how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault, and alter the encoding and storage of memories in ways that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault.

Participants will learn about the key brain circuitries impacted by fear and trauma, including the prefrontal cortex and the circuitries of fear and episodic memory. Participants will come to understand brain-based aspects of memory encoding, storage and retrieval that determine what can later be recalled and not recalled, including in investigative interviews and in court. This presentation provides a critical foundation for learning and applying trauma-informed responses with people who have been sexually assaulted.

Objectives

Following this webinar series, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand key brain circuitries impacted by fear and trauma.
  • List a minimum of three common brain-based, involuntary subjective responses to sexual assault.
  • Recognize common brain-based impacts of trauma on attention and memory encoding and storage.
  • Identify possible brain-based habitual behaviors determined by social conditioning, and reflexive behaviors selected by evolution, that can occur involuntarily during sexual assault.
  • Understand and utilize interviewing methods most likely to help sexual assault victims recall and report the most complete and accurate memories possible.

You can learn more and register for the webinar here.

 

 
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