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May 10, 2018

The Idaho Coalition is excited to announce a two day training for Idaho Coalition members on Wednesday, September 12th – Thursday, September 13th in Boise, Idaho. Mark your calendars for this engaging learning opportunity!

Janie D'AnniballeOn Wednesday, September 12th Dr. Janine D’Anniballe will present a day-long workshop on The Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Healing and Current Trends in Sexual Assault. Dr. D’Anniballe is a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert who specializes in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, vicarious trauma and treatment for survivors. Her expertise, professionalism, and presentation style have made her a highly sought-after trainer. Her workshops have been described as dynamic, inspirational, and impactful.

Cat FribleyOn Thursday, September 13th, Cat Fribley with the National Sexual Assault Coalition’s Resource Sharing Project (RSP) will provide a day-long workshop on sexual assault services in dual programs and more! As the Director of RSP, Cat provides capacity building training and technical assistance to state and territorial sexual assault coalitions, state SASP Administrators, rural grantees, and Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) project sites. In addition, she coordinates the national activities and events of the project. Cat has worked to end sexual violence for 20 years at national, state and local advocacy organizations. She has held such varied positions as SART Coordinator at a university-based rape crisis center, and Director of Training and Volunteers at a dual program. Cat trains on a broad range of sexual assault issues, with special interest areas including: survivors giving birth; healing sexuality; organizational trauma and resilience; organizational development; and LGBT issues.

We are grateful to the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence & Victim Assistance for their financial support in being able to offer this training. So mark your calendars! We hope to have the funds to support Idaho’s tribal and community program to be able to send two to four staff to this training.

Towards Thriving,


Exercise and Meditation Ease PTSD After Sexual Assault

A combination of meditation and aerobic exercise can help women decrease negative thoughts and enhance self-worth after sexual assault, a new study suggests.

The findings show that doing meditation and aerobic exercise for one hour twice a week for six weeks significantly reduced post-traumatic and ruminative thoughts in women with a history of sexual violence.

“Despite the undeniable connection between sexual trauma and mental illness, few interventions are tailored for women who experience sexual violence,” says Tracey Shors, professor of psychology with the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University.

The small pilot study included 100 women between the ages of 18-32, with about one-third of the women having experienced sexual violence. After six weeks of a clinical intervention called MAP Training My Brain, findings indicated that trauma-related thoughts experienced by the women who were victims of sexual violence decreased significantly.

“Women who experience sexual violence, and people who experience trauma, tend to ruminate over what happened—asking themselves why it happened or if they could have done something differently,” says Shors.

“The more you think about it, the more you go over the memories, the more memories you make. MAP Training diminished those thoughts in women who experienced violence.”

As reported in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the study divided into four groups. One group did the MAP Training, which included meditation and aerobic exercise. The second group did only meditation. The third group only did the aerobic exercise. Another group did not participate in training.

Each session began with 20 minutes of sitting meditation, followed by 10 minutes of slow-walking meditation and ended with 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.

Trauma-related thoughts of women who suffered a sexual assault lessened after the combination of meditation and aerobic exercise but not after meditation or aerobic exercise alone. MAP training also enhanced the level of self-worth in all the women who participated. Meditation and exercise alone did not have the same positive effect, Shors says.

There appears to be a synergistic effect of the two activities that specifically helps women learn to recover from the trauma of sexual violence, at least with respect to negative thoughts about stressful life events, the study shows.

“What we found is that the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts,” Shors says.

More than 25 percent of women worldwide experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, with similar estimates in the United States. Women are four times as likely as men to experience sexual assault and 10 times as likely to be raped.

While many women with these experiences do not have PTSD, they still have symptoms related to the memory of what happened. The data suggest that MAP Training can help in that regard.

“The #MeToo movement and other platforms have provided women with an opportunity to tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault,” Shors says. “It is important that we also provide them with new ways to help them recover from these experiences.”

Posted by Robin Lally-Rutgers – April 23rd, 2018 on

Source: Rutgers University

Original Study DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00211

7th Annual ChalkHeART Challenge

Idaho middle/junior high and high school artists illustrated published works from the 2018 Stories of Transformation poetry books written by Idaho students at the 7th Annual LIVE ChalkHeART Challenge on May 3rd at the Linen Building.

Over 20 teams representing more than 75 middle-school and high-school students from throughout Idaho participated in the LIVE, timed challenge to illustrate their selected poem from the 2018 Stories of Transformation poetry book or the poem We Choose All of Us. Statewide teams unable to attend the LIVE challenge also participated and submitted towards the Statewide ChalkHeART Challenge. LIVE and Statewide artists/teams were selected for ChalkHeART Awards and received up to a $100 cash prize.

ChalkHeART Awards – LIVE and Statewide Challenge

Middle/Jr. High:
North Junior High – Team Viking Blue
North Junior High – Team Platinum

High School:
Borah High School – Team Metamorphis
Borah High School – Team Unimaginable
Idaho Fine Arts Academy – Team Queens
Kuna High School – Team Kuna Kavemen

One Stone High School – Team One Stone
Timberlake High School – Team TJHS


Participating Schools

  • Fairmont Junior High- Boise, ID
  • North Junior High- Boise, ID
  • Boise High School- Boise, ID
  • New Plymouth High School, New Plymouth, ID
  • North Fremont High School- Ashton, ID
  • Renaissance High School- Meridian, ID
  • Borah High School- Boise, ID
  • Idaho Fine Arts Academy, Eagle, ID
  • Kuna High School- Kuna, ID
  • Timberlake Junior High – Athol, ID (statewide submission)
  • One Stone High School – Boise, ID (statewide submission)
  • Skyview High School – Nampa, ID (statewide submission)

2018 Our Gender Revolution
ChalkHeart Slideshow

Training & Events

FREE Train-the-Trainer: Addressing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking in Community Health Centers across IDAHO
May 23rd and 24th | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Linen Building
There is substantial research describing the dynamics and effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sex trafficking and related co-morbid health and behavioral health outcomes for women and adolescents. The purpose of this Training of Trainers is to first offer health center staff and other professionals a simple trauma-informed, evidence-based tool on IPV and sex trafficking for use in primary care settings. Providers can help their patients make the connection between their relationship and health outcomes and offer a supportive referral to a domestic violence program.

This Training of Trainers will begin with a 3.5 hour demonstration of the trauma-informed curriculum by FUTURES faculty, followed by 3.5 hours in the afternoon developing attendee readiness as trainers, providing time to practice the curriculum, ask questions, and refine training approaches.


  • Anna Marjavi; Program Director, Futures Without Violence
  • Erica Monasterio, MA; RN, MN, FNP; Consultant, Futures Without Violence; Clinical Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of California-San Francisco

Registrants are encouraged to attend both training days if possible. Click to register. Contact for additional information.

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