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Professional Development

Social Work Talk Series -- May 28, 2014

Lynne Jordan

published: 2013 | Worksheet | Dr. Kristin Scott

Working with Victims of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults

A recent study of seven Ontario hospital-based sexual assault treatment centres found that 20.9% of victims met the criteria for suspected drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA). Victims of DFSA often remember very little. They may have flashes of memory or vague, fragmented images or physical evidence such as bruised thighs, but little that feels real or tangible.

Working with women who have few to no memories of what happened to them is challenging and not much is known about best practices. In this presentation, Kristin will discuss what is currently understood about DFSAs and how to work with survivors of this serious and debilitating crime.

Kristin Trotter, MTS, PhD

Kristin teaches in the areas of trauma, use of self, vicarious traumatisation, treatment of individuals, couples and families and human growth and development. Her main research interest is in the area of trauma. Currently, she is collaborating on an interdisciplinary research project concerning refugee children and trauma, as well as researching the impact of and best practices for drug-facilitated sexual assault. She is also a significant contributing author to a book on family play therapy that will be published this year. Kristin is certified with the Ontario and American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy and has a clinical practice where she works with families, couples and individuals.

P: 519-884-0710 ext. 5263

revised Sep 26/13

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