Resilience is hosting a training on Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma: Implications for Service Providers. Please see details and registration below:

Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma: Implications for Service Providers
This training session is designed for a range of professionals who work with survivors of trauma. 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. Case studies will be used to support learning of concepts presented, along with video clips and group based discussion. Click here to download the flyer. If you have questions, please contact Candice Tindell, Training & Outreach Coordinator, at or 872-356-8217.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 10:00AM–2:00PM
Location: Resilience Central Office 180 N Michigan Ave. Suite 610 Chicago, IL 60601
Cost: Early Bird Ticket $100, Regular Ticket $125 (early bird registration ends January 10, 2020*)
CEUs Offered: 3 CEUs offered for LCPC and LCSW Licenses; 3 CEUs Offered for IDVP Licenses
Registration: Register online at // Registration ends 5 business days before the date of the training.
Cancellation Policy: Registrants can cancel up to 5 days before the training for a full refund. After that, funds are non-refundable. Please call to inquire about substituting registrants or applying funds to future trainings.

About the Trainers
Mariá Balata is the Director of Advocacy Services with Resilience. In her current role, Mariá supervises the largest program at Resilience, the advocacy team, with 12 staff positions and over 220 volunteer medical advocates. Mariá oversees a team of legal and medical advocates who assist survivors with navigating systems and institutions to access much needed remedies in the aftermath of sexual violence. Since joining Resilience in 2012, Mariá has served as staff advocate, where she gained direct experience in helping survivors navigate medical and criminal justice systems. Later, as Volunteer Manager she was responsible for training and managing Resilience’s volunteer medical advocates and implementing the daily functions of the 24-hour crisis response services provided to Resilience’s 14 partner hospital. Mariá uses her prior experience to ensure that Resilience effectively prepares our advocates to assist survivors while balancing an understanding of larger systems of privilege and oppression. Beyond advocacy and crisis counseling, Mariá provides content expertise in the area of Queer Survivorship. She chairs ICASA’s LGBTQ caucus and is committed to ensuring that queer, transgender, and non-binary survivors and activists are visible and included in our movement. Mariá holds a Master’s degree in Ethics and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Mariá is able to offer services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

LaShanda Nalls, Ed. D, is the Director of Trauma Therapy at Resilience. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at the Illinois school of Professional Psychology. She also received her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with her dissertation focused on the Experience of  Childhood Incest Among African American  Women. With over 12 years of experience, her clinical work has always involved working with survivors of sexual assault in which she has a great passion for. Her journey began as a clinical intern at C-4 Quetzal Center, it became clear to her that working with survivors and their families would be an integral part of her professional work. While at C-4, she provided individual and group counseling services to survivors and their families as they recovered from sexual abuse. After earning her Masters degree, she was eager to continue the work, joined the Resilience family and became the Adolescent/Adult counselor. In this capacity she worked to develop and maintain the quality and accessibility of counseling services for adolescent survivors of sexual violence and their families. LaShanda believes that a positive and trusting relationship is the foundation of effective therapy. She combines in-depth understanding with a survivor-centered individualized approach to healing. In addition to the provision of services she is also involved with training other professionals and the public about issues pertaining to sexual violence and oversees the counseling Internship Program.

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