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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Trauma and the Brain

Date: 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT October 31, 2012 Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Bldg #L2B WH Classroom 7

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Lewis & Clark Law School, Bldg #L2B WH Classroom 7

Join us for Trauma and the Brain with Dr. Chris Wilson.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance.

Attorneys, regardless of whether they practice criminal law, family law, employment law, tort law, or wills & estates, will encounter clients who either disclose a history of trauma or appear to have symptoms of a history of trauma. While understanding trauma and neurobiology can seem daunting, using a concept called “the brain in your fist,” Dr. Wilson will present a way of looking at our brains’ response to trauma that non-mental health professionals appreciate for its simplicity.  After sitting in on this lunchtime discussion, law students will better understand how the brain responds to trauma so that when they are attorneys they can work effectively with victims of trauma.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Christopher Wilson, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Portland, Oregon.  For the last thirteen years he has worked in the field of domestic violence.  For ten years he led groups for both mandatory and abusive men, and worked with female survivors of domestic violence both individually and in groups.  He currently provides domestic violence evaluations in civil cases for both attorneys and the Department of Human Services.  As part of his practice he has provided trainings for both community members and professionals on several topics in the field of domestic violence, including Dynamics of Abusive Men, Sustainable Advocacy, Neurobiology ofTrauma, Using Group Process with Abusive Men,  and Facilitation Skills for Working With Abusive Men.  Dr. Wilson has provided training for both local and national organizations including Office for Victims of Crime, End Violence Against Women International, National Crime Victim Law Institute, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and Portland Women’s Crisis Line.


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