Family Violence Conference

Family Violence Conference to feature national expert on psychological trauma

James Hopper, Ph.D., a nationally recognized consultant, trainer and lecturer on the neurobiology of trauma will keynote the 19th Annual Safe at Home Conference on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.

Hopper’s 8:30 a.m. presentation, titled “Sexual Assault: Brain Experience, Behavior and Memory,” will explain how brain responses to sexual assault shape survivor experiences, behaviors and memory. He also will present workshops that address the unique experiences and challenges of traumatized men (12:45 p.m.) and interventions for trauma that cultivate mindfulness, compassion and bodily awareness. (2:30 p.m.)

Hopper has trained therapists, police officials, prosecutors, judges, higher education administrators and others across the nation, helping them better understand and respond to victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

Other presenters will include:

  • Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, who will provide a 10:15 a.m. plenary presentation and follow-up workshop (12:45 p.m.) on “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: History, Current Statistics and Incident Rates in First Responders.”
  • Jennifer Shimer, M.S., rapid response facilitator for Love 146, an international human rights organization that is working to end child trafficking and exploitation Shimer will address “Preventing Human Trafficking and Exploitation through Youth Empowerment and Caregiver Engagement” (12:45 p.m.) and “Engaging and Working with Survivors of Child Sex Trafficking.” (2:30 p.m.)
  • Garra Lloyd-Lester, associate director for the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State. He will present “Suicide Prevention, Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?” (12:45 p.m.) and “Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program.” (2:30 p.m.)

Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adults and Children Experiencing Family Violence is sponsored by the Niagara County Family Violence Project and the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Sponsorship support is also provided by the Niagara County Department of Social Services, the Niagara County Department of Mental Health, the Buffalo Bills, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Catholic Charities of Buffalo – Niagara Services Division.

Continuing education credits are available for licensed social workers and mental health practitioners. The registration fee of $65 includes lunch and course materials. Additional information is available on the Child Advocacy Center website ( or by calling (716) 285-0045.

“Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adult and Child Experiencing Family Violence”

WHEN: Thursday (Oct. 12) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls

WHO: A faculty of national experts including James Hopper, Ph.D.