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In it for the Long Haul: Trauma-Informed Practices for Sustaining Liberatory Work

April 10th @ 12p EST and 11th until 6p EST | Virtual

Join us for "In it for the Long Haul: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Sustainable Social Justice Work," a virtual event that will take place on April 10 and 11, 2024.

Anti-oppression work is emotionally demanding at the best of times, and this event aims to equip individuals with insights and strategies for navigating and sustaining their commitment to equity, social justice, and peace for the long haul. We will consider trauma-informed approaches at both the individual and community/group level.

Who Should Attend:

  • Social justice advocates, activists and organizers
  • DEI practitioners and professionals
  • Peacebuilders and conflict resolution specialists
  • Mental health professionals with an anti-oppression focus
  • Anyone committed to making the world a peaceful and more just place

A limited number of low-cost scholarship tickets are available for this event. Please email programs@visions-inc.org if you would like to be considered for one of the places.

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Keynote Speakers

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Day One - Dr. Gabor Mate

Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His latest book, They Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture remains a Canadian best seller and spent 19 weeks a New York Times best seller. For this book, Gabor has received the prestigious Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature in the Non-Fiction category. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.

Day Two - Dr. Judith Lewis Herman

Judith Lewis Herman M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry (part time) at Harvard Medical School. For thirty years, until she retired, she was Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA. She is the author of the award-winning books Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press,1981), and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship in 1984 and the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2007 she was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Her new book, Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice, was published in March, 2023.

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