Presentations

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

“Starting Anew”: My Presentation about Child Survivors THIS Sunday

Presentation Date: 04/11/21
Location: Zoom (Kansas)

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This weekend, in honor of Yom HaShoa, I was invited to give the 2021  Lindenbaum Lecture for the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation in Lawrence, Kansas. My presentation, entitled “Starting Anew”,… READ MORE>>

Yom Ha-Shoah at Congregation Brothers-Israel in Long Branch, NJ

Presentation Date: 04/07/21
Location: Zoom

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I am honored to have been invited by Rabbi Braun to speak on Yom Ha-Shoah this year at the Brothers-Israel synagogue in Long Branch, NJ. The date is Wednesday evening… READ MORE>>

P2G SlidingDors – Voices of the Second Generation

Presentation Date: 03/21/21
Location: Zoom

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On Sunday, March 21, I will have the honor of presenting to a unique group of 2G, comprised of American, Hungarian and Israelis! The presentation was invited by my colleagues… READ MORE>>

COVID, Trauma and Building Resilience a Year Later

Presentation Date: 03/11/21
Location: Zoom

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On March 11, I will be speaking to the professional community of The East Side Council of the Aging (ESCOTA), a voluntary not-for-profit interagency interdisciplinary organization for professionals in the… READ MORE>>

Psyche and Psychoanalysis, Creativity and Culture, History and Rebuilding: An international (online) conference

Presentation Date: 03/09/21
Location: Zoom (Haifa)

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I have the honor of presenting at the upcoming conference Psyche and Psychoanalysis, Creativity and Culture, History and Rebuilding, which has an outstanding program, including an array of luminaries from… READ MORE>>

Inanimate Survivors: Sentimental Objects from Life Before and During the Holocaust

Presentation Date: 02/15/21
Location: Zoom

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“Hollow hands clasp ludicrous possessions because they are links in the chain of life. If it breaks, they are truly lost” (Dichter, 1964). Ernest Dichter, a psychologist considered to have… 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.