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Conscious Connections: A Trauma Book Discussion Group – The Age of Overwhelm by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This is a free virtual book club for trauma therapists and will be conducted through zoom. 

This program is free but is intended to benefit a number of social justice and anti-racism organizations.

We would like to invite you to join us in a monthly free book discussion group. In this time of disconnection, social unrest, institutional racism, social oppression and violence perpetrated against black and brown people, it is important for all of us to stay connected and to keep reflecting and growing.  As trauma clinicians, we are especially challenged both personally and professionally to reflect on the social injustices perpetrated on our most oppressed populations.  


In this discussion group we will read and discuss the thoughtful perspectives of leading voices from our trauma community.  This group will meet virtually for 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of July, August and October and will be facilitated by Alissa Catiis and Judith Ierulli.  You can join one month at a time.  You do not need to sign up for all of of the book clubs but registration is required for those sessions that you do select.

On July 9 we will be discussing:

The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies For The Long Haul by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Whether we are overwhelmed by work or school; our families or communities; caretaking for others or ourselves; or engagement in social justice, environmental advocacy, or civil service, just a few subtle shifts can help sustain us. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, bestselling author of Trauma Stewardship, shows us how by offering concrete strategies to help us mitigate harm, cultivate our ability to be decent and equitable, and act with integrity. The Age of Overwhelm aims to help ease our burden of overwhelm, restore our perspective, and give us strength to navigate what is yet to come.

Fee:  This Zoom workshop is free.  Womencare is proud to be offering this free book club in order to help support anti-racism organizations.  Please register for free below.

Donation:   In lieu of of a registration fee, we would like participants to consider donating  to one of charities listed below:

Facilitated by Alissa Catiis, LCSW, RYT

Daily life for some can be isolating and debilitating; taking the first step to ask for help requires courage.  I deeply understand that coming to an office in Evanston to talk about life’s struggles can feel intimidating and even unwelcoming for some.  As a strengths-based therapist and yoga teacher, I am interested in hearing stories from people who do not feel like they fit in.

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Facilitated by Judith Ierulli, LCSW

Judith Ierulli, MSW, LCSW is passionate about working with survivors of trauma, especially those who have been silenced and marginalized.  She knows that experiences of trauma leave survivors dwelling in the darkest of the dark places.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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