The Neurobiology of Trauma LAMP Training | Justice Resource Institute

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The Neurobiology of Trauma LAMP Training

Goals: The purpose of LAMP (Law Enforcement, Advocates, Mental Health Professionals, & Prosecutors) is to increase participants understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain and biology, and to increase awareness of physiological processes in trauma survivors’ presentation and challenges. A primary goal of this training is to use knowledge gained on the neurobiology of trauma to inform effective approaches for working with survivors of trauma in the direct aftermath of a traumatic event, such as a sexual assault or domestic violence incident.

Content and Methods:Content and Methods: This training session is designed for a range of professionals who work with survivors of trauma including mental health professionals, advocates, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors. The content of this training includes; information on the definition, prevalence, and facts on the characteristics of sexual assault and interpersonal violence; functions of brain areas that are involved in responding to traumatic events; how the brain and body respond to traumatic events; the influence of traumatic events on memory processes; common emotional and behavioral responses to trauma; and how to effectively work with trauma survivors. Distressing symptoms and behaviors will be re-framed to emphasize how individuals adapt to overwhelming stress. The personal impact of working with survivors of trauma, including vicarious and secondary trauma, will also be discussed. A case vignette will be used to support learning of concepts presented, along with video clips and group based discussion.

Contact Information

Please contact Elizabeth James, ejames@jri.org, or Jana Pressley, Psy.D., jpressley@jri.org for more information about this training.

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