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Drowning in Empathy: The Cost of Vicarious Trauma


Oct 11, 2018 9:00-12:00

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of “Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.” Van Dernoot Lipsky has worked in the trauma field for more than 30 years and is known internationally. She was a decade into her career when she suffered a near-psychotic break and suddenly realized the dire impact of working to help others overcome trauma without taking time to sustain herself. This personal experience sparked her journey to discover the lasting effects on individuals and communities that are exposed to trauma, such as fatal storms, mass shootings and other crises. She has worked with diverse populations, from small nonprofits to massive state agencies, including:
Zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans
Community organizers and health care providers in Japan
U.S. Air Force pilots and Canadian firefighters
Public school teachers, libraries, colleges and Ivy League universities
The Pentagon

Her 2015 TED talk was one of the first delivered inside a women’s correctional facility.

The workshop is $99 or a student rate of $75. There is a buy three, get the fourth free offer. Please make checks payable to Community Services for Children and mail with this form to Stacy Perlaki, Events & Volunteer Coordinator, 1520 Hanover Ave., Allentown, PA 18109, or register online at If you have additional questions, please email, or call 610-437-6000 ext. 2113.

Act 48 credits and CEUs will be offered to attendees. CSC will cover the $5 cost if the Act 48 form is completed the day of the training. Please bring your PDE number.

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