Presentations

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

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>>

REMINDER: Register by 10 am Mon. Feb. 24 for 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

More info

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>>

Registration deadline extended to 10 am Tues. Feb. 25 for 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

More info

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>>

2G Witness to the Witness, Commemorating 75 years from Liberation: A Conference for Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, and Others (Open to the public)

Presentation Date: 02/17/20
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NY, NY 10280

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I will be presenting a keynote lecture at this conference organized by Project Witness to take place on February 17, 2020 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. The… READ MORE>>

2G Witness to the Witness, Commemorating 75 years from Liberation: A Conference for Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, and Others (Open to the public)

Presentation Date: 02/17/20
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NY, NY 10280

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A reminder about this 2G event for the public.  The two-day event runs tomorrow (Sunday) and Monday. My presentation will be Monday (Feb. 17), starting  at 10:50 am. Irit ————————————————————————————————————————-… READ MORE>>

Upcoming Workshop, Including Public Session, in Boca Raton, FL

Presentation Date: 02/10/20
Location: Rales JFS Senior Services, 6413 Congress Avenue, Suite 225 Boca Raton, FL

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On February 10-11, I will give a workshop at the Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Service in Boca Raton, Florida. The workshop will be aimed at professionals working with… 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.