Trauma exposure expert Laura van Dernoot Lipsky on "Intergenerational Trauma: Coming Together to Build Resistance" March 14


Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of the Seattle-based Trauma Stewardship Institute, will present "Legacies of Loss: Intergenerational Trauma, Coming Together to Build Resistance" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Shriver Center Heritage Room.

Her talk is sponsored by the Robert E. Strippel Memorial Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights, with support from the Center for American and World Cultures, Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice and the Western Program.

Van Dernoot Lipsky is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, having worked locally, nationally and internationally for more than three decades.

She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private practice doctors, state agencies and many others.

Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings.strippel-poster

She became one of the first in the field to talk publicly about the profound price that the witnessing of mass extinctions, potentially irreversible ecological losses caused by global warming, or other forms of human encroachment is exacting from the individuals and organizations who are attempting to save our planet.

She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.