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SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAINING

From the 101 on Consent and Understanding Sexualized Violence to Advanced Trainings in trauma recovery, CSEC, and taboo aspects of sexualized responses to assault/abuse, we provide trauma-informed training rooted in psycho-therapeutic principles & neuroscience to agencies and professionals nationally and internationally. Trainings are aimed to your desired level of education and can even be custom-crafted just for your organization. We've trained law enforcement, military, fellow mental-health professionals, and victim advocates around the world. Let us put together a training to suit your needs!

Our trainings are theory, research, and experiential-based, with case examples coming from our direct work with survivors.  All trainings can be presented with an abstract, course outline, and objectives upon request.

Below is a listing of some of our more popular trainings.  Any of our trainings can be formulated to fit your time requirements, from one-hour to multi-day.  We can also craft a training to meet your specific needs, with a mental health, forensic, or lay audience viewpoint.  In other words, we will create the training your organization needs to benefit your staff.  Call and consult to let us help you determine how we can best serve your educational needs.

CSEC  Three advancing levels of CSEC training.  (2-hours each or can be combined)

  • 101: Basic Principles, including terminology, statistics, entry into CSEC, pimp/perpetrator psychology.

  • 102: Understanding psychological theory and environmental factors creating vulnerability to enter CSEC.

  • 103: Treatment & Intervention principles, including effective program design.

CSEC & Queer Youth  (2 hours)

Brief overview of CSEC with focus on queer youth and the specific ways they enter the life and their intervention needs.  Exiting strategies and treatment discussed.

CSEC-Taking Action (2-hours)

A direct-intervention training for advanced practitioners that provides cutting edge information and tools to intervene with CSEC youth, along with relevant information on CA law and national programs.  Attendees must have basic knowledge or have worked with CSEC population.

Trauma Then & Now: An Experiential Workshop (aka Trauma Time-Lining)  (2 hours)

Trauma has a direct impact on human development, learning, expression, and progression. Where trauma occurs in a client’s developmental growth has implications for how it’s expressed in the present. In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to plot a “trauma timeline” using a developmental model to identify current symptoms, including cognitive and behavioral expression in your trauma-identified clients. Understanding the current expression of historical trauma will open up your treatment with greater insight to your client’s needs, relationships, and even how they view the world. Participants are to bring one current trauma case to this confidential workshop as we will be holding small-group breakouts to dissect and analyze your case using this technique.

Clinical Case Discussion (Open timeframe, usually 1-3 hours)

Small or large group where your clinicians or staff bring in their own trauma cases for a breakdown analysis and discussion of treatment needs and interventions.  Advanced clinical training with a trauma specialist highly appreciated by psychotherapists for its open-discussion training approach.

Does This Mean I Liked It?: Arousal and Orgasm in Sexual Assault (2-hrs to Full-Day)

Arousal and orgasm occur in as many as 30% of sexualized violence cases and is a primary source of shame and guilt for the survivor.  It is a barrier to reporting, investigation, prosecution and treatment.  This presentation will focus on survivor experience and treatment intervention for the practitioner.

This is a hallmark training for SAA not covered in-depth by anyone in the field of sexual trauma recovery.  The Director is a national expert on the subject and has conducted the first research into this phenomenon.  This can be formulated for mental health or forensics, with a unique view and different information for each.  An understanding of the neurobiology and psychology of sex-based trauma is discussed.  Trauma-informed interventions are presented.

The standard training focuses on female survivors, though can be focused for other populations, such as male survivors, LGBTQ+, CSEC, and sex industry professionals.

Repetition Compulsion in Sexual Assault (2-hours)

A rare and cutting edge exploration of one of the least-understood taboos in sexual assault recovery. Compulsive repetition of trauma has been discussed for nearly 100 years.  However, for many sexual assault survivors, the pursuit of disinhibited promiscuity in the form of rape repetition is poorly understood, not to mention largely disbelieved.  The disinhibited survivor is driven to recreate elements of their sexual abuse or assault with little understanding of what drives them.

The presenter will discuss the myths and prejudice while providing psychotherapists with treatment tools to address the trauma for clients who play these themes out.  Survivor-based survey data demonstrating forced sex repetition compulsion and how it harms and benefits the survivor will be reviewed.  A dynamic case study from the presenters own work will be discussed.

Katie, a Trauma-Informed Case Discussion on Rape Repetition & Compulsion (1-hour)

A focused case discussion that reviews the most extreme case of sexualized violence repetition compulsion treated by SAA’s director.  An overview of trauma treatment, personalized case discussion, and audience interaction.  A rare opportunity to talk openly and directly with a national expert about some of the most challenging aspects of sexual trauma recovery work.

Trauma Treatment Overview (2-hours)

A comprehensive overview of trauma treatment and current interventions.  This training is designed to give beginning trauma practitioners a solid gestalt of what trauma is, phases of trauma, the psychology and neurology of trauma, the elements of trauma treatment, available models, and techniques to begin treatment.

Being Trauma-Educated: From Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Practiced (2-6 hours)

A three workshop series or full-day training taking psychotherapists from the basics of what it means to be trauma-informed to understanding and applying trauma principles in practice.  Each segment contains presentation of concepts, interactive discussion, and exercises designed to move the clinician to more advanced trauma work.  Trauma-informed to trauma-knowledgeable to to trauma-practiced.

Advanced Trauma Case Discussant Seminars (varied)

Attendees will bring their own trauma cases for an in-depth view and discussion with a national expert for insights into moving their trauma work forward.  Review of trauma principles within a humanistic framework will lead discussants into exploring their own counter-transference and use of self to better impact their clients progress.

Trauma Diagnosing: When the DSM Just Isn’t Enough

National experts, including those on the trauma panel in the creation of the DSM-5, agree that trauma diagnosing is inadequately addressed in the current manual, and that our understanding of trauma and its effects on the client have grown beyond our diagnostic training.  This presentation covers current thinking in trauma assessment and diagnosis, and how to best use the DSM-5 to address the range of trauma symptomology that we see in our clients today.


THERAPEUTIC SERVICES

Andrew Pari, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience treating sexualized violence and trauma. He's pioneered clinical work in addressing challenging and taboo aspects of the victim experience, including those experiencing arousal/orgasm during their assault. He also specializes in women involved in the sex industry (aka sex workers), and victims of human trafficking.

He sees clients in his Antelope Valley office, while also providing tele-therapy for those unable to access him in person. He is approved for military veterans, Kaiser members, VOCA clients, and private pay. If you are interested in seeing Andrew, please fill out the contact form on our website and you will be responded to within 24-hours.

If you are interested therapy please fill out the contact form on our website.


EXPERT TESTIMONY

Andrew has consulted and provided expert testimony in his career. He is available to consult on your case and discuss how his expert testimony on a variety of topics related to sexualized violence may assist the prosecution. Please contact us for more information.


AWARENESS BLOG AND PUBLICATIONS

We are committed to providing science-based and accurate information on the topic of sexualized violence and the work being done to prevent further trauma. We are currently engaged with a San Diego university on the first research of its kind exploring the physiological arousal response to sexual assault. Find out why Andrew Pari is called the nation's leading authority on the neuro-biological arousal mechanism in sexualized violence. To learn more about the work of SAA, visit our blog and check out our publications. You can also find us on Research Gate.


ADVOCACY

Raising awareness/consciousness about sexual assault and the shaming stigma that many survivors face is one of the key components of practice for SAA. We participate in advocacy through our blog, political activities, marches, and participating in online conversations throughout social media, including moderating for Reddit's RapeCounseling forum.

We are participating in the CA campaign to become a Start By Believing state and have participated in the forming of the Antelope Valley chapter. For more information visit the Start By Believing website at: https://www.startbybelieving.org/

We also spend time speaking at conferences and community events to help educate professionals about how to better address victim experience and avoid shame-based assumptions. 


RESOURCES

One of the most important issues for survivors of sexualized violence is access to resources. Beyond our own work here are a list of resources and providers that can be of help to survivors and those who want to learn more about how they can be of support in their communities and professions.