Transforming Trauma: Sustainable Practices Webinar


This training and discussion will offer practical tools to help us sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of the secondary trauma and overwhelm in our work, the pandemic, and the current national focus on systemic racism.  Topics will include how vicarious trauma and overwhelm manifest as well as strategies for navigating what is unfolding. There will be time for discussion and questions & answers so please come with questions or topics you’d like to cover. It’s very helpful for Laura if everyone can have their cameras on so if you’re able to do so, we’d appreciate it.

Learning Objectives:

1. Raising awareness and responding to the cumulative toll on those who are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crises, or trauma of humans, other living beings or the planet itself.

2. To help nurses develop a deeper understanding of trauma exposure and the tools for reconciling such exposure, so folks can do their work sustainably.

3. Teach nurses how to create a sustainable individual and collective culture.

Participant Fee:

 $20 per person WSNA Member, Nonmembers $50.


Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, MSW, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades.

Through her work, she has created inclusive and practical ways to help people recognize, navigate, and ease the burden of overwhelm in their daily lives.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky’s talks offer a compelling mix of personal insight and cutting-edge research. Filled with stories, quotes (by wise men and women from Bob Marley to Wangari Maathai), and countless New Yorker cartoons, they have been widely praised as both engaging and effective.

Laura’s concept of stewardship is based around the idea that a deeper understanding of trauma exposure and the tools for navigating systems will enable people to do their work better. Her keynotes often touch listeners to the core, but she consistently inspires audiences with laughter and a profound sense of hope. Many participants leave these sessions with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh optimism about the possibilities for transformation.

Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.

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Who Should Attend:

Registered Nurses from all WSNA regions are invited to participate. We are not able to accommodate nursing students at this event.

Nursing Education Credits:

2-hour certificate of attendance will be provided after participants complete a Survey Monkey evaluation.

Northwest Region Nurses Association, Rainier Olympic Nurses Association, Southwest Region Nurses Association, Inland Empire Nurses Association, and King County Nurses Association.