Trauma-Informed and Survivor-Centered Legal Intakes: What Lawyers Need to Know to Serve Sexual Violence Survivors – Virtual – December 2020

Trauma-Informed and Survivor-Centered Legal Intakes: What Lawyers Need to Know to Serve Sexual Violence Survivors

Audience: KCSDV Network Attorneys,  Kansas Legal Services (KLS) Attorneys, and KCSDV Member Program Advocates and Program Staff Only

Sponsored by:

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence


Training Description:

Join KCSDV for a virtual training with Jessica Mindlin, Esq., National Director of Training and Technical Assistance of the Victim Rights Law Center. During this interactive presentation, she will discuss five core principles of a trauma-informed legal intake, provide tips to help build rapport with a sexual violence survivor client, review grounding techniques and explore ideas on how to collaborate with survivors as you work together to identify their legal needs and effective strategies to support their healing and recovery.


  • Learn five core principles of taking a trauma-informed legal intake
  • Learn how to build rapport with client who is a survivor of sexual violence
  • Learn “grounding” techniques
  • Learn ideas for working with survivors of sexual violence while identifying their legal needs
  • Learn how to support healing and recovery through effective strategies

Guest Presenter: 
Jessie Mindlin, Esq.
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Victim Rights Law Center

Jessie Mindlin directs the Victim Rights Law Center’s national team that provides mentoring, training, resources, and individual and programmatic consultation to lawyers, advocates, SANEs and other responders to advance survivors’ legal rights. Jessie is also the Director of VRLC’s Oregon office, which provides free legal services to sexual assault survivors in Oregon. She’s trained thousands of providers across the U.S. and overseas (on behalf of the U.S. Department of State). She also teaches on sexual violence and the law as an Adjunct Professor of Law. Jessie has also worked as an anti-violence advocate, an alternatives worker with indigent youth and adult criminal defendants, a residential counselor for runaway teens, and a waitress. She’s been honored by the American Bar Association, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and as an Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce Leader in Law, among others.


Date and time

Friday, December 11, 2020
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Registration Fee:
This training is being offered at no cost.

Registration Deadline:
December 8, 2020

How to Register:

To register, Create an account and login, then select the number of people you want to register and click “Register Now.”

The Zoom meeting link information will be provided to all approved registrants prior to the event.


We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Registration Questions:
Shelly Newman

Training Questions:
Vivien Olsen

Virtual Training Technical Requirements

Webcam: While we are unable to meet in-person, use of a webcam is strongly encouraged for the most effective interactive experience.

  • Zoom Platform: We recommend that you have the most current version of the Zoom client on your computer. If you already have Zoom loaded, please be sure you have updated to the newest version from this page.
  • Chrome: The Connect site works best with the Google Chrome browser. You can use another web browser, but some features may not work as well. You can download the Chrome Browser from this page.

This grant project is supported by grant number 2016-WL-AX-0003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Total Training Hours: Approved: 1.5 CLE credit hours






  •  December 11, 2020
     12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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