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Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, MSW
Trauma Worker and Educator
Transforming Trauma - How to Do This Work and Not Completely Lose Our Minds
Monday, May 7, 2012
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is an internationally known trauma worker who has been engaged in this work for 24 years. She has worked locally, nationally and internationally and has been involved in some of our nation’s largest disasters and community crises. Her work has included front-line work with homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, the sex trade, natural disasters, environmental destruction, and other acute trauma.
Laura is the author of the newly published book Trauma Stewardship, an everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others. Additionally, she is the founder and director of a Spanish language preschool and grade school enrichment program guided by a social justice and environmental stewardship curriculum.
She is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure and its toll on those working in trauma related fields. For over a decade she has been a constantly sought after keynote speaker and workshop leader on her theory of trauma stewardship. Trauma stewardship explores how humans are impacted by exposure to the suffering, hardship, crisis and trauma of humans, other living beings, and the planet itself. This impact is held within a larger context of systematic oppression and liberation theory and is addressed from an individual, organizational, systemic and societal based model.
Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW
President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers
Social Work: A Woman’s Workforce (Men Are Social Workers Too)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Dr. Anastas has been a long-standing and active member in NASW. As well as being President, she has served as convener for the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER), a coalition of social work organizations committed to increasing legislative and executive branch advocacy on behalf of social work education, training, and research. She is also a member of the NASW Workforce Research Advisory Workgroup and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Dr. Anastas has served as Chair of the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI), Chair of the National Committee on Women’s Issues (NCOWI), and as a member of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI).
Dr. Anastas is a professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, and is highly regarded in the field of social work doctoral education and research. She was named a CSWE Visiting Scholar for academic years 2006–2007, and received CSWE’s Greatest Recent Contribution to Social Work Education Award in 2007. Dr. Anastas was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Health Care in 2007.
Dr. Anastas has published extensively in the areas of women’s issues, GLBT rights, mental health, and social work education, including the recently published Teaching in Social Work: Theory and Practice for Educators and the forthcoming Doctoral Education in Social Work. She received her BLS in social work from Boston University, her MSW from Boston College, and her PhD from Brandeis University in Boston, Massachusetts.