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Trauma-Informed Interventions through an Indigenous Worldview

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 1:00-2:15 PM EST

Presented By: Brianna Olson, Social Worker

Description: An Indigenous worldview and perspective centers the holistic wellness of the individual as part of the collective community, and exists in relation to the natural world, spirit world and Ancestors.  An Indigenous Trauma Informed Approach recognizes the social historical impacts that have disrupted Anishinaabe Bimatisiwin (Indigenous life), and the revitalization of this worldview that naturally encompasses strategies of anti-oppression, non-interference and client self-determination. Join us as we learn about the brilliant mind-body connection, trauma responses, and intervention strategies from an Indigenous worldview.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a basic understanding of brain/body connection, survival responses and Indigenous philosophies of higher thought and wisdom.
  • Unpack and problematize western pathology in relation to trauma responses.
  • Consider approaches to supporting trauma rooted in a holistic paradigm.

Bio: Brianna Olson is a social worker, diverse multi-media artist and member of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation.  After a decade of frontline experience, facilitation, management, and consultation in Amiskwaciwaskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta), Brianna is now living in Toronto completing her Masters in Social Work, Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency specialization.  She also works part time at Ryerson University as a teaching and research assistant, and Indigenous agencies across Toronto like the Native Canadian Center, Peele Aboriginal Network, Native Women’s Resource Center and Native Child and family services.

The Feminist EAAA Sexual Assault Resistance Program for Young Women in University: How it works and what it does and does not accomplish

Date & Time: September 11, 2018 | 1:00-2:15 PM EST

Presented by: Dr. Charlene Senn, Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Windsor

Presentation: The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) sexual assault resistance education program (aka Flip the Script) is a 12-hour small group, empirically based intervention designed specifically for 1st year women students (17 to 24 yrs old). The EAAA program is based on feminist social psychological theory, research evidence, and best practices and is inclusive of women of all sexual identities. In a RCT with close to 900 Canadian women on three Canadian university campuses, EAAA reduced completed and attempted rape experienced by women by 50% in the first year while reducing self-blame for survivors. All of the positive effects including increased self-confidence and reductions in sexual assault last two full years. EAAA is one critical piece of a comprehensive strategy to address the high incidence of sexual violence on our campuses.

Bio: Charlene Senn is a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. She has been an activist and advocate on issues related to men’s violence against women and women’s health for many years. Over more than 10 years, Dr. Senn developed and evaluated a sexual assault resistance education program (EAAA) for first year University women. The efficacy of this intervention was demonstrated recently in a CIHR-funded randomized controlled trial in which the one-year incidence of completed rape was reduced by almost 50% in women who took the intervention compared to those in the control group.

Relevant Resources:
Check out this YouTube video on the Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women!

Learn more about Dr. Charlene Senn and the sexual assault resistance education program (EAAA) in this article.


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