Elizabeth Bouvier-Fitzgerald is a licensed professional counselor, supervisor, writer, speaker, trainer and survivor of complex trauma and generational poverty.
“Traumatic events destroy the sustaining bonds between individual and community. Those who have survived learn that their sense of self, of worth, of humanity, depends upon a feeling of connection with others. The solidarity of a group provides the strongest protection against terror and despair, and the strongest antidote to traumatic experience. Trauma isolates; the group re-creates a sense of belonging. Trauma shames and stigmatizes; the group bears witness and affirms. Trauma degrades the victim; the group exalts her. Trauma dehumanizes the victim; the group restores her humanity.“-Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
She holds a dual masters from Lesley University in expressive psychotherapy and clinical mental health and has a combined 16 years experience in direct service, clinical and administrative supervision.
She received her foundations trainer training from Trauma-Informed Oregon and offers the following:
COVID Notice: All trainings listed below are available via Zoom. The time and content focus are modifiable to address your team, group or organization’s current needs and concerns.
- Principles and Practices of Trauma-Informed Care: This half day training provides a foundational theory of trauma including the ACE’s study, the socio-cultural and individual impact of trauma, media as a propellant of toxic culture, with resources and tools for personal and organizational applications of trauma-informed operations for a variety of health and human services. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how trauma effects us and our service delivery while being equipped with tools for healing, preventing vicarious trauma and building resilience.
- The Resolution Diamond (patent pending): This 90 minute experiential training invites participants to explore the interpersonal dynamics of trauma using a proprietary framework which incorporates elements of Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Ultimately participants will learn to identify strategies for moving from Fear to Trust. This training can be modified for professional as well as personal development across the lifespan.
- Keynote Speech: Shine This 50 minute keynote was first presented in 2018 at the COSA Conference in Seaside Oregon and again in 2019 at the Oregon State School-Based Health Center Conference. This speech explores strategies for empowering our education system through trauma-informed theory and practice. Elizabeth incorporates elements of her own lived experiences of trauma and poverty to illustrate the challenges and opportunities of moving from the darkness and isolation of fear to transparency, resilience and hope.
- Keynote Speech: Instruments of Providence This keynote speech was first presented in 2019 as part of a non-profit fundraiser supporting mentorship of at-risk youth. Elizabeth incorporates her lived experience through data on poverty and poetry to highlight the impact one safe adult can have as a protective factor in the life of a child.
- Keynote Speech: Bearing Witness In this speech Elizabeth shares how her experience of witnessing community violence growing up in the projects parallels the vicarious trauma many of those in human service experience in the line of duty. This speech highlights our collective need for trauma-informed, self-healing organizations and communities and offers insights into where to begin.
- A Spoonful of Sugar; Inclusive Perspectives & Interventions for Disordered Eating This presentation incorporates western foundations on the diagnosis, symptoms and evidence-based treatments for eating disorders alongside culturally expansive and trauma-informed theory as it pertains to our relationships with food and our bodies. Drawing on the works of Jean Kilbourne and independent research on decolonizing mental health, we’ll explore the impact of media images and prescribed social norms on body image and attitudes towards food. Participants will also be invited to consider the role of the food industry and global governments as it pertains to the ethics of what’s on our plate.
Elizabeth’s training style is energetic, conversational, funny, passionate and always tailored to the work, culture and unique experiences of her audience. She emphasizes hope through highlighting existing strengths while daring to ask challenging questions with the ultimate goal of fostering hope and healing.
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Seaside 2018 Oregon COSA Conference