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 event, 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. 3 CEUs Offered for LCPC & LCSW Licenses.

Training Objectives 

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 violence.

About the Presenters

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 14 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. Shortly after, LaShanda became the Director of Trauma Therapy where she provided clinical supervision to trauma therapists, maintained the quality of service, and oversaw the counseling internship program. LaShanda is passionate about working with people of color and underserved populations. She is grounded in a belief that a positive and trusting relationship and meeting people where they are, 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 facilitating support groups for individuals and loved ones who have experienced trauma.

Mariá Balata is the Director of Advocacy Services with Resilience. Mariá oversees a team of twelve 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 first served as staff advocate and later volunteer manager before coming into her current position. She is a passionate educator who has trained law enforcement, litigators, doctors, nurses, higher education professionals and mental health practitioners in understanding the rights of survivors and responding in trauma-informed ways. Mariá staunchly believes that if more professionals received adequate training on how the brain responds in traumatic situations we could create more compassionate communities where healing is more accessible to those that have been harmed. She works closely with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault to ensure that queer, transgender, and non-binary survivors and activists are visible and included in our movement. In a previous life, Mariá studied political science, sexual ethics and theology and also taught second grade in Honduras. Mariá is able to offer services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The Neurobiology of Trauma

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM CDT – 2:00 PM CDT
Location: Resilience, 180 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 610 Chicago, IL 60601
Registration Ends: Five business days before the training.
Early Bird Prices: $100 per individual ticket; early bird prices end May 24, 2019

Cancellation Policy: Registrants are able to cancel up to 5 business days before the day of the scheduled training for a full refund. After that, funds are non refundable. Please call to inquire about substituting registrants or applying funds to a future training.


Questions? Please contact Candice Tindell, Training and Outreach Coordinator, at or (872) 356-8217.

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