Presentations

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

Yom Hashoah Program in Hebrew for 2G and 3G Across the Globe

Presentation Date: 04/28/22
Location: Zoom

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Dear 2G and 3G friends! “Amcha” Tel-Aviv is offering a free virtual program on Zoom for Hebrew speaking 2G and 3G from across the globe, to come together to honor… READ MORE>>

REMINDER TOMORROW (April 28): Yom Hashoah Program in Hebrew for 2G and 3G Across the Globe

Presentation Date: 04/28/22
Location: Zoom

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Dear 2G and 3G friends! “Amcha” Tel-Aviv is offering a free virtual program on Zoom for Hebrew speaking 2G and 3G from across the globe, to come together to honor… READ MORE>>

A New Regular Monthly Virtual Gathering for Child Survivors of the Holocaust (starting TOMORROW!)

Presentation Date: 04/24/22
Location: Zoom

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As Yom Ha’Shoa approaches, it is more urgent than ever to get together with others with whom we can share our deep and painful legacy. I am grateful to be… READ MORE>>

REGISTRATION FULL for Today’s Virtual Gathering for Child Survivors of the Holocaust

Presentation Date: 04/24/22
Location: Zoom

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I am afraid registration is full and had to be cut off the today’s meeting.  I will post advance notice of the future meetings once they are scheduled. Irit  … READ MORE>>

Sunday April 10: “Drawing on the Past to Meet the Crises of Our Present”

Presentation Date: 04/10/22
Location: Zoom

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This Sunday (April 10) at 1 PM Eastern time, the World Federation Of Jewish Child Survivors and Descendants will be hosting a virtual program.  Helen Epstein will be speaking on… READ MORE>>

Third Session of Three-Part Program For and About the Hidden Child Survivors of the Holocaust

Presentation Date: 03/20/22
Location: Zoom

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We will hold on Sunday March 20 at 2 pm EDT the third session of the ongoing three-part program honoring the hidden child survivors of the Holocaust. As for the… 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.