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Facing the Elephant: Building Trauma-Informed Colleges, Universities and Communities

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
1:00 pm  to 2:00 pm ET


Institutions of higher learning are increasingly exposed to traumagenic events: school shootings, cyberbullying, sexual assault, and addiction. This webinar introduces a new BHAC exclusive workshop that enables partner institutions to proactively address trauma’s impacts and to create trauma-informed learning environments for faculty, staff and students. This webinar will provide time for Q&A. This webinar is FREE for current members. 

This interactive 5-day workshop applies the latest research in psychology, neurobiology, mind-body medicine, and the creative arts. Participants explore trauma’s impacts on the body, brain and behavior, and acquire evidence-based tools to (1) build personal and collective resilience and (2) release the effects of trauma in healthy ways. On the final day of the workshop, BHAC participants design concrete action plans for continued personal wellbeing, as well as customized strategies for organizational implementation.

Workshop modules Include:

  • Regulating the body’s stress response
  • Trauma release exercises
  • Mindfulness as medicine
  • Building a trauma-informed campus

Dr. Elizabeth Snyder, Founding Director of Applied Culture Group, holds a MA in Applied Anthropology from Australian National University and a PhD in German Cultural Studies from Harvard University. Before founding her own company, Elizabeth served as Director of International Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Her primary research area is the impact of war and trauma on diverse communities. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program at the School for International Training, and is a Certified STAR Trainer (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) from Eastern Mennonite University. Since 2013 Elizabeth has provided trauma awareness and response workshops to the U.S. military, as well as to conflict-affected refugee populations in Europe and the Middle East.

Master Sergeant (Retired) Thomas Cunningham served 26 years in the United States Army with 24 years as a Special Forces (SF) Medic. Thomas advocates for greater soldier and veteran care through multiple pathways, to include the foundational Responses to Trauma (R2T) initiative. Over his career, Thomas provided training in trauma and tropical disease to medical practitioners in Central, South, and Southeast Asia, improving national health infrastructures and aid delivery.  Thomas retired from active duty to work with U.S. and international communities affected by humanitarian emergencies and trauma. Thomas co-facilitates the Applied Trauma Awareness for Practitioners (ATAP) program, which builds immediate and long-term capacity to establish security, provide humanitarian assistance, and mitigate the effects of violent conflict and disaster.