Introduction to Working with Sexual Assault Survivors: What to Say, What to Do, How to Help


Sexual violence cuts across all populations, so it is important that all professionals understand how to respond to this type of trauma. This seminar will offer an introduction to the dynamics of sexual assault/sexual abuse as well as the myths, statistics, and the impact on survivors. Attendees will receive information on Rape Trauma Syndrome as well as how to respond to disclosures. Information on options to offer survivors and how to do so in the most healing way will also be given. The seminar will contain a combination of Power Point, discussion, and activities and the presenter will use real-life examples to highlight concepts. The goal is for attendees to be able to decrease the trauma of a client’s disclosure, as well as obtain knowledge of sexual violence in our society.



March 9, 2018


1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Presenter Name:

Shelley Pier, MSW, LCSW

About the Presenter:

Shelley Pier has been working with sexual assault/sexual abuse survivors for over 15 years. She currently has her private practice in Oak Brook and is an associate therapist at LifeCare Wellness in Glen Ellyn. Previous to that she spent nine years working at Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) in Arlington Heights where she was a medical/legal advocate, volunteer coordinator, professional trainer, supervisor for undergraduate and graduate interns, and counselor. She assisted in opening Northwest CASA’s satellite office in Crystal Lake where in addition to being a counselor there, she also was the services manager and did community outreach and grant writing. Shelley developed and taught a class called Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention at Oakton Community College for five years. Currently in her own private practice, she specializes in incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy and EMDR (Certified Level 1) into her work with trauma survivors.