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OVC TTAC: Module 4, The Neurobiology of Trauma and Sexual Assault: Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training (SAACT) - OVC

Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training

Training Modules


Module 4: The Neurobiology of Trauma and Sexual Assault

Use this module to introduce participants to the basic elements of neurobiology and the parts of the brain affected by traumatic situations such as sexual assault. They will also learn about types of drastic reflexes and the relationship between assault and memory.

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Time Required:
2 hours

Lessons
  • Brain Circuitry (40 minutes)
  • Reactions in Traumatic Situations (20 minutes)
  • Drastic Survival Reflexes During Sexual Assault (30 minutes)
  • Roles of Brain Circuitries in Trauma, Memory, and Healing (30 minutes)


Learning Objectives
By the end of this module, participants will be able to
  • Describe the components of the brain related to trauma.
  • Explain common ways the brain is affected during and after sexual assault.
  • Recognize common ways a traumatic experience may affect a victim's behavior.
  • Assist victims in understanding the neurobiology of trauma, when appropriate.


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Important! Read the trainer's materials available at right well before presenting the course to your audience. These materials contain preparation instructions essential to an effective training. (All other module-specific materials and tools also are available at right.)


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Create a folder for SAACT on your computer and download all the files you'll need in that folder rather than using the SAACT Web site during the training.
Module-Specific Downloads