Preconference Institute to the 23rd Annual Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference – Virtual – April 2021

Virtual Preconference Institute to the 23rd Annual Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference

Justice Begins With a Trauma-Informed Approach: Why the Neuroscience Matters and What to Do With It

Monday, April 12 & Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Audience: Victim advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, prosecutors, forensic interviewers, victim witness coordinators, corrections, SAFEs/SANEs, medical professionals, mental health professionals, BIP providers, and other professionals who work with victims.

Guest Presenters:

Jim Hopper, Ph.D.

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Jim Hopper is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, and lecturer whose research and work have helped therapists, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, military commanders, and higher education administrators better understand and respond to victims of child abuse and sexual assault.  He is most often sought after for his expertise on the neurobiology of trauma and sexual assault, and also on the unique experience and needs of males who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual assault.  He provides training across the U.S. and internationally, and serves as an expert witness for criminal and civil cases in state, federal, and military courts.  He is a Teaching Associate in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School, and a consultant to the Outpatient Addictions Service of the Cambridge Health Alliance.  Learn more.

Tom Tremblay

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Chief Tom Tremblay (Ret) has a distinguished 30-year career as an officer, detective, supervisor, police chief, and state public safety commissioner.  He is a highly regarded national and international advisor and trainer for law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, higher education, the military, and the private sector.  He is a subject matter expert on domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma-informed approaches to these crimes for numerous organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Center for Campus Public Safety, Police Executive Research Forum, Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), RTI Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, Battered Women’s Justice Project, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.   Learn more.



Training Objectives:

  • Explain key concepts regarding the neurobiological impact of trauma on victim behavior and memory.
  • Describe common behaviors and characteristics of offenders.
  • Discuss bias and its impact on our work with victims and offenders.
  • Appropriately apply concepts to improve investigations, prosecutions, and victim services.
  • Analyze cautions to avoid oversimplifying, overgeneralizing, and otherwise inappropriately applying neuroscience to the criminal justice process.

Schedule At-A-Glance:

Day One: Monday, April 12, 2021

 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Day Two: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Lunch break 12:00 – 1:15 PM

Download the full Preconference Agenda


Registration Fee:

Registration is available on the Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference website:


Teresa Gallegos
KCSDV Training & Education Manager or 785-232-9784

Sponsored by:

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Total Training Hours: 7.0

CNEs credits (8.5) Approved

CLEs and CNEs credits (8.5) Pending

KCSDV is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is pending approval for contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure.  KS State Board of Nursing Provider Number: LT0291-0914.


  • April 12, 2021 - April 13, 2021
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Registration is at an external URL for this event.