PRESENTED BY: Norman DeLisle, Lisa Winchell-Caldwell, LaShonda Miller & Jessica Edel, Ph.D.
The trauma a person experiences from a sexual assault can impact every part of their lives in unexpected ways. For many survivors of sexual assault, they experience new challenges in their work, healthcare, and safe housing. A client who experienced a sexual assault may have decreased capacity to navigate complex systems. A client who experienced a sexual assault, might have new difficulty coping in situations where they experience a loss of autonomy and control.
Trauma reactions can show up as anxiety, people pleasing, anger, and innumerable other ways. They may be perceived as uncooperative, or unwilling to do the work to meet program goals.
As studies have found, untreated trauma persists until there is successful trauma processing. In other words, a trauma in these cases does not automatically or naturally dissolve.
Quality of care available to support a person’s recovery from trauma is a co-determining factor in their ability to recover.
Client outcomes are improved when their program staff are empowered to recognize unresolved trauma and offer the client options related to their unique needs. Staff should be aware of the facts surrounding sexual assault for people with disabilities and the kinds of resources that survivors of sexual assault have found to be helpful. Supervisors and administrators who understand the active role of trauma in a person’s life can create environments and policies that promote the success of their clients.
Join three panelists who have long careers and expertise in working with people at the intersection of sexual assault and disability. Listen to them explore the possibilities of a trauma-informed support system to improve the outcomes of clients. Each panelist has a different background, but has a nuanced understanding of how systems and policies, and individual supports can be implemented with a trauma-informed lens that increases the effectiveness of any program.
The panelists will explain the importance of understanding sexual assault when working with the disability community. They will explore the connectedness between unaddressed and unrecognized sexual assault history, and rehabilitation outcomes.
This session will be good for people who are in direct service to people with disabilities, as well as administrators and policy-makers.
This training will take into account neurodivergence, differing lived experiences, and an array of adult learning styles. This will include 508 compliances for all materials disseminated.