CONTACT Rape Crisis Center in Huntington is hosting a free training on trauma, disabilities and sexual violence on Thursday, September 10.

Title:  Trauma and the Brain: How the Effects of Trauma Turn Investigations Upside Down/Disabilities and Sexual Violence

Thursday September 10, 2015
Trinity Episcopal Church,
520 11th Street Huntington, WV
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register by Sept. 8

Who Should Attend

Advocates, educators, rape crisis center staff, domestic violence center staff, counselors, social workers, SART members, law enforcement, nurses, first responders, and any service providers and/or agency representatives who aid in serving survivors of sexual assault or stalking.

Trauma Survivors don’t store memories in the same way as other witnesses or crime victims. Given this reality, we must adapt our investigative and therapeutic practices. Using the most current science on how traumatized brains function, participants will learn how to work with trauma survivors. This knowledge will help with generating the most accurate testimony, the best judicial outcomes, and the most thorough emotional understanding of what trauma survivors go through.

Learning Objectives
This training will generate discussion about how all professionals who intersect with a sexual assault survivor can adjust their practice to improve outcomes—whether they are increased conviction rates, more supportive counseling, more accurate witness testimony, or better advocacy.

Utilizing the most recent literature, participants will learn about how trauma affects memory, emotional response, and recovery. These lessons will also focus on how law enforcement can improve investigative practices for cases involving trauma survivors, particularly survivors of sexual assault.

Through collaborative activities you will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve survivors of trauma.

Persons attending this training will be better able to:

  • Understand counter intuitive behaviors associated with surviving trauma
  • Examine the relationship between trauma and memory
  • Foster multidisciplinary collaboration

Continuing Education

Social Work: 9 Hours

Nursing: 9 Hours

Counseling: 7.5 Hours

Domestic Violence Advocates: 8 Hours

Law Enforcement: 8 LETs

For further information or questions contact:


Attn: Donnel Horn

PO Box 2963

Huntington, WV 25728

Phone: 304-523-3447

Fax: 304-523-0558

Download a PDF of the registration brochure below

Huntington Trauma Training Brochure 9-10-15 by CONTACT

Trauma and the Brain – Sept. 10