Lessons Learned and Stripes Earned: What to Do When a Survivor Sits on Your Couch

SSA will be hosting a panel and breakout sessions with trauma experts from Rape Victim Advocates.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

SSA Lobby
969 E. 60th Street, Chicago IL 60637

With all the recent disclosures of sexual violence in the news and the ongoing #MeToo movement, the chances of a clinician collaborating with a client who identifies as a survivor of child sexual abuse or adult sexual assaults are high. Having served thousands of survivors and their loved ones, our trauma team members are equipped with expertise in a range of modalities (e.g. art therapy, EMDR, Reiki) and topics (e.g. the neuroscience of trauma and complex trauma). Please join our trauma team as we offer best practices through a panel discussion and clinically focused break-out groups for more in-depth information.

This event is free and open to the public. Boxed lunch served. Registration is required.

Featured panelists:

DeVona Alleyne, MA, MDiv: DeVona has worked as a volunteer medical advocate for more than a year, serving 11 survivors through emergency room care. Her first career as a newspaper journalist brought her and her partner to the area to work at the Chicago Tribune before she would take on her most challenging role yet as mother to now 4-year-old twins. DeVona received her clinical training from Loyola University Chicago where she received her MA in Pastoral Counseling along with a Master of Divinity degree. In addition to her experience providing counseling services to individuals, couples and groups at Millennium Counseling Center, she serves HIV-positive residents in recovery as part of the spiritual care team at Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House. DeVona believes that “everyone deserves the chance for peace and guidance toward optimal living through their ability to make meaning of their lives.” She values the healing potential created when people authentically connect with others and strives to assist clients in building a supportive community. For her, the good news for every client is that they have the power to rewrite their stories and create a better ending for themselves.

Courtney Cobbs, MSW: Sexual Assault Multi-Disciplinary Team Trauma Therapist at RVA’s Northside Office. Courtney earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Courtney has worked with adults with serious mental illness, and adolescents and adults interfacing with the child welfare system. She sees her clients through an intersectional and trauma-informed lens. Courtney seeks to help clients heal in a holistic manner; on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Courtney likes to integrate mindfulness techniques and the embodied healing modality Reiki into her sessions with interested clients. Her desire is that every client is seen and heard as the unique being they are.

Elizabeth Enterkin, MAAT, LCPC: is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a bilingual (Spanish/English) Trauma Therapist at RVA’s Northside office. Beth received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Brown University in 2007, and her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. As an art therapist, she uses both traditional verbal and creative therapy interventions, tailoring her approach to healing to the needs, preferences, and personality of each client. As Clinical Training Specialist at RVA, Beth educates social workers, counselors, and others about the neurobiology of trauma, the impacts of rape culture on the mental health of survivors, and how to implement trauma informed therapeutic interventions. She has also served as an expert witness on the subject of the impact of sexual violence on memory and behavior, and looks forward to publishing original writing on her work at RVA in the near future.

Reneé Miranda-Beristain, MS, LPC, NCC: is a licensed professional counselor, and a bilingual (Spanish/English) Trauma Therapist at RVA’s Central Office. She received her Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from National Louis University in 2010, and her Master of Science in Counseling from National Louis University in 2014. Before joining the RVA family in January of 2016, Reneé started her career as the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Therapist at Pillars in 2014. While working on her graduate degree, Reneé completed her 40 hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention training through Mujeres Latinas en Acción, and received her Domestic Violence training in 2014 from Pillars. Renee has started support groups in schools for girls who have experienced trauma, and has worked with adolescents, adults, and families.

Persons with special needs and in need of an acommodation, contact Carmella Snook at 773.702.9700 or email at csnook@uchicago.edu.