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Sexual Assault & the Brain: Experience, Behavior, and Memory

1.5 CE Hour

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Traumatic experiences have immediate, powerful, and potentially long-lasting effects on the human brain. This presentation explains, in very accessible ways, how stress and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assaults and other traumas. Participants will learn about the key brain circuitries impacted by stress and trauma, including the prefrontal cortex and defense and memory circuitries. Participants will gain increased understanding of brain-based experiences, behaviors, and memory characteristics and learn important implications for their work with victims of sexual assault and other violence. This presentation provides a critical foundation for learning and applying trauma- informed responses with people who have been assaulted.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to define key brain circuitries impacted by severe stress in the midst of traumatic experiences, from sexual assault to military combat.
  • Participants will be able to name and explain common brain-based subjective and behavioral responses to sexual and other assaults that have implications for supporting victims and conducting investigations and prosecutions.
  • Participants will be able to explain basic brain-based impacts of trauma and stress on memory encoding, storage, and retrieval that have implications for supporting victims and conducting investigations and prosecutions.

This program has been approved for 1.5 CE clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.


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Social Workers

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On Demand Education Details

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Dr. Jim Hopper

Dr. Jim Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse, sexual assault and other traumatic experiences. As a clinician Dr. Hopper works with adults who have experienced abuse as children and assault as adults. In his forensic work, both criminal and civil, he testifies on short- and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Hopper was a founding board member and longtime advisor to 1in6, a nonprofit serving men who’ve had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. He consults and teaches nationally and internationally to clinicians as well as military and civilian investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, commanders and higher education administrators.

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