Dr. Heather L. Pfeifer / Location: Room 305
Illuminations is a portfolio of artwork and companion written materials created by two brothers who were sexually abused by the same offender. The boys hoped that by sharing their story it can help to broaden others’ understanding of the experience and behavior of victims, thereby enabling others to respond in a more empathic manner when working with victims of crime. This workshop presents the first piece of artwork in the portfolio, which addresses the question “What was this experience like for you?” Participants are invited to explore how this type of trauma may affect an individual’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about self and others, and engage in a broader discussion of shared narratives across different types of trauma.
- Discuss why individuals who work with victims of crime should learn about trauma
- Define trauma and identify examples of traumatic events, both acute and chronic
- Describe how the effects of trauma can be experienced throughout life and affect various aspects of functioning and behavior
- Discuss why some victims may have feelings of ambivalence towards their perpetrator
- Identify trauma-informed approaches when communicating and interacting with victims of crime and their families