Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Why Do They Respond That Way - Gender-Based Violence & Trauma Impact

Date: November 22, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: RM 102 - GVSU Holland Meijer Campus

The Lakeshore Alliance Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and GVSU Women's Center present the following training:

Tom Cottrell, Vice-President of Counseling Services for YWCA West Center Michigan will lead this introductory session in exploring the impact of psychological trauma on sexual assault and domestic violence victims, how traumatic memories are processed and how decision-making is affected. He will further examine the behavioral manifestations of trauma, including PTSD, self-injury, avoidance and interaction with law enforcement and other helping professionals. Participants will learn steps to take in helping a victim manage the impact of trauma.  This workshop is open to ALL who work with victim/survivors of gender-based violence.  Community members are welcome.

Individuals requiring special accommodations please contact the Women's Center at 616-331-2748 or by email:

***1.5 Gen/Social Work CEU's are available on site for $15.00 - all are invited to participate in this training.