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THIRD THURSDAY WEBINAR SERIES

For providers who serve American Indian and Alaska Native communities. 

Photo by Cheryl Ess

ISAAC's Third Thursday Webinar Series occurs on the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern. This series is being provided in collaboration with our Partners: the Office On Violence Against Women, the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center. To register, click here.

Federal Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country: McGirt v. Oklahoma

Third Thursday Series 10 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: December 16, 2021

Time: 2 - 3:30pm Eastern Time

Register today.

This webinar is pending approval and is subject to change.

 Archived Webinars

America's History and Legacy of Violence

Third Thursday Series 1 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: March 18, 2021
Speaker: Christina Love, ANDVSA

 

Why are women abused more than men? Why are Native American, and our LGBTQ2S relatives physically and sexually assaulted at much higher rates than any other demographic? This virtual training draws attention to the pervasive issue of violence against Native women, who suffer disproportionately high levels of sexual and domestic violence. The roots of violence in our nation have led to a culture of abuse and the crisis we see today. This training will examine the history of genocide, colonization, assimilation, and the anti-violence movement. Viewers will learn how gender-based and race-based oppression and violence intersect leading to higher rates of victimization and lethality. We hope people will walk away with a holistic view of indigenous culture and the impact these issue have on every aspect of their life and community for generations.

Access the webinar recording here.

Historical Trauma, Generational Trauma and Personal Trauma - Healing Outside of Time

Third Thursday Series 2 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: April 15, 2021
Speaker: Christina Love, ANDVSA

 

In this webinar, Christina Love, ANDVSA Senior Specialist, will share about the multiple layers of trauma many survivors experience, which can include sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness, historical trauma, substance use, and more. In her own experience, she has learned that understanding how the trauma she survived led to substance use, was key in her liberation and recovery. As such, she will share how when we as providers better understand the multiple layers of trauma that people experience, it can help us better meet people where they are at, not just in the moment, but also in the larger context of their lives.

Access the webinar recording here.

Intersection of Trauma, Substance Use Disorder, and Mental Health

Third Thursday Series 3 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: May 20, 2021
Speaker: Christina Love, ANDVSA

 

An introduction to the intertwinement of trauma and substance use. Which comes first? How do abusers use substances against survivors? Why can’t we just separate the issues? Learning objective: Participants will understand that substance use does not cause sexual assault or domestic violence. They will also begin to understand reasons survivors turn to substance use to cope with the trauma they have experienced. Third, participants will learn how substances are used as a weapon to control, manipulate, and facilitate harm.

Access the webinar recording here.

Understanding the Nexus of Sexual Violence and the Science of Addiction

Third Thursday Series 4 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: June 17, 2021
Speaker: Christina Love, ANDVSA

 

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to do so. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Studies of interpersonal trauma and substance abuse disorders show a strong association between the two. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to quit. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain. Learning objective: Participants will learn the science of addiction. They will leave with the ability to explain why substance use disorders are a disease of the brain as well as a disability.

Access the webinar recording here.

The Power of Storytelling

Third Thursday Series 5 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: July 15, 2021
Speaker: Christina Love, ANDVSA

Christina Love learned to keep a lifetime of violence a secret for over two decades. Like many survivors, she turned to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with trauma. As an adult Christina experienced homelessness.  She found herself a shell of the human she once was and unable to recognize her reflection in the mirror. She was often denied access to the services that were designed to help. This form of systemic abuse not only retraumatized her but was its own trauma.

  

Through the art and tradition of storytelling, Christina Love will recall harmful events as a child and adult. She will also tell stories of what services, practices, and words empowered healing and hope.

 

In this fifth segment of our ongoing series, Christina will weave together each of the previous topics, that include: the importance of understanding how our history of violence has laid the groundwork for the injustices we see today, the multiple layers of trauma that each survivor can experience, the intersection of substance use and trauma, the liberation of education and the power of community and connection.

 

Christina wants the world to know that recovery is possible “NO MATTER WHAT” and that each life is worthy of our time and efforts!

  • The topic of violence can be a sensitive issue for survivors. This webinar deals with very sensitive issues and may be disturbing, triggering memories or repressed feelings.

Access the webinar recording here.

A Sexual Assault Response Team Approach to Victim-Centered Care

Third Thursday Series 6 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: August 19, 2021
Speaker: Kim Nash, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, International Association of Forensic Nurses

 

The success of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) hinges on active involvement from each key stakeholder. A SART that is comprised of a healthy collaborative group of advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, and sexual assault nurse examiners/forensic nurse examiners (SANEs/FNEs), will find their approach and response to trauma-informed, victim-centered care to not only be successful, but sustainable. Through the lens of the forensic nurse, challenges faced by key stakeholders while building a collaborative victim-centered response will be discussed with a particular focus on sustainability of the medical forensic team. As a result of this interactive audience presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of victim-centered care through a well-functioning SART model.

Access the webinar recording here.

Sex Trafficking in Indian Country and Alaska, Part 1

Third Thursday Series 7 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: September 16, 2021
Speakers: Rebecca Balog, Human Trafficking National TA Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition
Cinnamon Bankey, Tribal Sexual Assault Service Programs National TA Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

 

This virtual TA session will expose the nature of sex trafficking of Native people in reservation, rural, urban and village communities. During this session we will discuss a general overview of definitions, recruitment tactics, survivor realities and the role advocates and services providers can offer to impact this multi-million dollar industry. By introducing the unique cultural impacts and limitations of Native communities, this webinar will present true-to-life experiences that come from historical and contemporary coercive tactics and methods.

Access the webinar recording here.

Unlearning What We Were Told: Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Survivors of Sexual Assault 

Third Thursday Series 8 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: October 21, 2021
Speakers:  Amanda Watson (kanaka maoli, they/them/theirs), Praxis International

 

Sexual assault survivors who are LGBTQ2S often have specific needs and face unique barriers to seeking services and support. In this webinar, you will learn how to make your agency welcoming and inclusive, how to proactively address common concerns of LGBTQ2S survivors, and how to ensure that LGBTQ2S survivors see your agency as an affirming resource. Attendees will receive information and awareness-raising tools to help promote effective services for LGBTQ2S survivors.

The recording for this webinar will be available soon.

ISAAC hosted a special webinar outside of the Third Thursday Webinar Series:  

A Silent Epidemic: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys
Hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: October 28, 2021

Speaker: Lenny Hayes, MA, Tate Topa Consulting LLC

Often men are the neglected victim of all forms of sexual violence including being abused as a boy.  It is frightening to realize how widespread sexual abuse and violence is in our society and yet how strong the denial of it is.  The presenter will discuss the mental health issues as well as define the issues that prevents the individual from healing and having healthy relationships.  

Access the webinar recording here.

Engaging With Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused in the AN/AI Population

Third Thursday Series 9 of 11 Sexual Assault Training & Technical Assistance, hosted by IAFN's ISAAC, ANDVSA and AKNWRC

 

​Date: November 18, 2021
Speaker: Tamra (Tami) Truett Jerue, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC)

 

This webinar is an overview of facts and statistics regarding children/youth who may have experienced sexual abuse.  How the impact of the trauma can follow them through life; discussing the efforts to help heal, lessening the impacts of the trauma.  Strengthening their natural resiliency to help the child/youth move from victimization to survivor with a focus on Alaska Native/American Indian children/youth population.

The recording for this webinar will be available soon.