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Transforming Trauma: Navigating Amidst Overwhelming Times

A decade into her career working with survivors of trauma, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky experienced a near-psychotic break. She came to realize that this was the cumulative result of years of witnessing and being intimately involved in trauma while lacking insight into how to sustain herself amidst such conditions. As a part of her attempt to come back from the brink, she began a journey of inquiry into the lasting effects of exposure to suffering, hardship, crisis, or trauma.

The Camp Fire has thrown our community, and many of us personally, into a state of crisis and trauma. Professionally, we are overwhelmed with the task of caring, healing, and rebuilding. Featured speaker Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will show how a deeper understanding of trauma exposure and the tools for navigating systems will enable us to do our work better. Join us!

Topics Will Include:

• Understanding Cumulative Toll
• The Trauma Exposure Response
• How to Sustain Individually
• How to Sustain Collectively
• Creating Organizational, Institutional & Movement-level Change

Who Should Attend:

Educators • Nurses • Social Workers • First Responders • Psychologists • Public Health Workers • Physicians • Others who work with individuals who have experienced trauma


• Check In & Coffee ~ 7:30–8am
• Welcome ~ 8am
• Transforming Trauma Workshop
• Lunch ~ Noon–12:30pm
• Profession-specific Breakouts for Continued Community
Collaboration & Next Steps ~ 12:30–2:30pm


Transforming Trauma Event Flyer

Full-day fee: $15, includes lunch.
Registration deadline is April 15.

Register online or by phone, 530-898-6105.

To register a group or to pay by check or purchase order, please download and complete our group registration form.

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Thank you!

This event is sponsored by CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, the Office of Civic Engagement, the College of Communication and Education, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences & the Office of the President.