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Transforming Trauma: How to do this work and sustain

September 11 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Oaklawn invites you to join us for “Transforming Trauma: How to Do This Work and Sustain” from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September at Sammlung Platz in Nappanee. This training is a continuation of Oaklawn’s efforts over the past five-plus years to build a more trauma-informed community. Featured speakers are Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute, and Nancy Michael, director of Undergraduate Studies at the Neuroscience and Behavior Institute at Notre Dame.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky (morning session)

Laura is the author of “Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others” and “The Age of Overwhelm.” Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally and internationally for more than three decades.

Laura found her calling at age 18, when she regularly spent nights volunteering in a homeless shelter. She went on to work with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, acute trauma of all kinds and natural disasters. Simultaneously, she has long been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression and liberation theory.

Nancy Michael (afternoon session)

Nancy is passionate about brain development, from how early childhood trauma shapes the brain over time to the effects of hormones in teens. She encourages communities to leverage that knowledge in addressing societal issues ranging from education to homelessness.



  • 8-8:30: Registration & breakfast (provided)
  • 8:30-8:45: Welcome
  • 8:45-9:30: Setting the Context for Cumulative Toll
  • 9:30-9:45: Break
  • 9:45-10:45: The Trauma Exposure Response
  • 10:45-11:35: How to Sustain Individually
  • 11:35-11:50: Break
  • 11:50-12:30: How to Sustain Collectively
  • 12:30-1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30-3: Newest brain research on resilience, how the brain can heal from trauma and what we can do to help healing take place

Learning Objectives

1. Raising awareness and responding to the cumulative toll on those who are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crises, or trauma of humans, other living beings or the planet itself.

2. To help others develop a deeper understanding of trauma exposure and the tools for reconciling such exposure, so folks can do their work sustainably.

3. Teach people in a broad base of fields how to create a sustainable individual and collective culture.

4. Understand the latest research on resiliency and how communities can aid in healing trauma

Cost: $85


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 6 CEUs


Register at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egw1qhm99e797786&oseq=&c=&ch=


September 11
8:30 am - 3:00 pm




Sammlung Platz
758 N Tomahawk Trail
Nappanee, IN 46550 United States
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(574) 773-8484