Presentations

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

A Webinar for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, Sponsored by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto (Open to 2G)

Presentation Date: 05/19/20
Location: Toronto (online only)

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On May 19, I will be giving an online Webinar for descendants of Holocaust survivors, organized by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada. This online webinar will include… READ MORE>>

A Free Zoom Meeting for a Conversation Among 2G

Presentation Date: 05/06/20
Location: Zoom

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I am going to host a free Zoom meeting for 2G to talk about what’s on our mind. Like anything and everything in life, our experiences are always somewhat different… READ MORE>>

Update on: A Free Zoom Meeting for a Conversation Among 2G

Presentation Date: 05/06/20
Location: Zoom

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I am very gratified by the enthusiastic response to my proposal to hold a 2G conversation. Dur to the large number of those who expressed an interest in participating, I… READ MORE>>

Enhancing Resilience During Times of Extreme Challenge – A Webinar for Mental Health Professionals

Presentation Date: 04/26/20
Location: Virtual

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On Sunday April 26 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, I will be giving a webinar in the context of the OHEL Institute for Training. This educational webinar is meant… READ MORE>>

Celebrating Passover During the Pandemic: “From Generation to Generation: Understanding Our Legacy of Resilience”

Presentation Date: 04/06/20
Location: Teleconference

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On Monday, April 6th at 1:15 pm, I will be giving a teleconference presentation entitled “From Generation to Generation: Understanding Our Legacy of Resilience”, in which I will speak about… READ MORE>>

Upcoming Meeting of the NGO Committee on Mental Health at the United Nations (Open to the public)

Presentation Date: 02/27/20
Location: Baha’i International Community Center, 866 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

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The Trauma Working Group of the NGO Committee on Mental Health in Consultative Relationship to the United Nations, of which I am the co-convener, will present its annual program this… READ MORE>>

Presentations

My Approach

I regularly present in professional conferences and training workshops for mental health professionals, as well as speak to students, teachers, schools and community organizations in the USA, Canada, Israel and Europe.

As a psychotherapist and a researcher I believe in the value of a continued dialogue with others and in the importance of exchange of ideas and perspectives. Presenting at professional conferences means sharing and examining concepts and observations with others, and working towards a collectively better professional understanding of the complex issues that come up in psychotherapy.

I also feel personally and professionally very strongly that it is important to educate the public about trauma and related issues. Such topics might include inoculation against prejudice and discrimination, as in improving understanding of the conditions that safeguard against bullying and discrimination, to reduce the risk of interpersonal and inter-group trauma. Another important perspective that grew from the work with previously traumatized people is how to promote resilience and adaptive coping skills in individuals and groups.

It is equally necessary to explain and normalize the reactions to trauma and its possible long term effects, because trauma is actually not a rare occurrence. A significant percent of individuals in the USA are exposed, at some time in their lifetime, to a traumatic experience. Misunderstood post-traumatic feelings, thoughts and behaviors can complicate the recovery of individuals exposed to trauma, and complicate and damage their relationships with significant others.

As an Israeli and a daughter of Holocaust survivors, and as research has shown, I believe in the healing power of relationships to sustain people through hardship and crises, and in the power of authentic connection help individuals regain their lives and their joy.

I believe deeply and genuinely in the capacity of individuals and of groups to cope with adversity and to heal and even grow after crisis or trauma.  After twenty five years as a psychotherapist I still enjoy tremendously being part of this fascinating and inspiring process.