Presentations

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

CORRECTION: 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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Apologies, the post copied below stated that the session tomorrow starts at 2 pm EDT, but it actually starts at 1 pm EDT. Irit We will hold on Sunday March… READ MORE>>

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

Presentation Date: 03/13/22
Location: Zoom

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After a very moving and powerful first session held on March 6, we will hold tomorrow (Sunday March 13) at 1 pm EST the second session of the ongoing three-part… READ MORE>>

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

Presentation Date: 03/06/22
Location: Zoom

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Working with the Museum of Jewish Heritage, I will be hosting a three-part program honoring the hidden child survivors of the Holocaust. Child survivors are a unique group within the… READ MORE>>

My Presentation at Project Witness Teacher’s Conference Next Week, February 20-21

Presentation Date: 02/21/22
Location: Zoom

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As in previous years, I will be presenting a talk at the annual teacher’s conference organized by Project Witness, a nonprofit Holocaust resource center that offers Holocaust education for schools,… READ MORE>>

Screening of Short Film “GANEF” and a Panel Discussion with the Director and Actors of the Film

Presentation Date: 11/16/21
Location: Zoom

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will be hosting a screening and discussion of the 14-minute long movie “Ganef”, which qualified for the Oscars. The… READ MORE>>

REMINDER: TOMORROW (Open to the Public): Screening of Short Film “GANEF” and a Panel Discussion with the Director and Actors of the Film

Presentation Date: 11/16/21
Location: Zoom

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will be hosting a screening and discussion of the 14-minute long movie “Ganef”, which qualified for the Oscars. 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.