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Apr 26 2023


8:30 am - 3:00 pm

2023 Institute for Social Healing Symposium The Role of Imagination in Hurt & Healing

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“The greatest casualty of trauma is not only depression and emotional scares, but also the loss of the ability to dream and imagine another way of living.” -Shawn Ginwright

In Spring of 2023 the Institute for Social Healing, along with our partners, will host the third annual symposium in which we will bring together researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, community leaders and students for the presentation of research, sharing of ideas and holding space for open dialog on topics related to the broad concept of social healing. The symposium is cost free, virtual, and open to all who wish to attend.

This year’s symposium will emphasize the role of imagination in trauma and healing. As trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk wrote “Imagination is absolutely critical to the quality of our lives. Our imagination enables us to leave our routine everyday existence by fantasizing about travel, food, sex, falling in love, or having the last word-all the things that makes life interesting. Imagination gives us the opportunity to envision new possibilities-it is an essential launchpad for making our hopes come true.” Our symposium will focus on the role of imagination in social healing and methods that help individuals, families and communities practice hope and imagine a better tomorrow.

Symposium Objectives
• Articulate a vision for a better tomorrow for our communities.
• Describe the nature of imagination and hope.
• Discuss the role of hope and imagination in the experience of trauma and healing.
• Describe methods to support individuals and families in crafting and articulating their vision for a better tomorrow.
• Describe methods of fostering hope in individuals and communities.

We will consider proposals for a broad range of topics including but not limited to:
• Imagination, hope and healing
• Vision crafting in communities
Tools that promote healing, imagination and hope
• The role of creativity, expression, recreation, and joy in individual and collective healing
•Trauma-informed/sensitive & healing-centered practices and policies in schools, health care, human service settings, corrections, victim services, mental health, addiction treatment
• Trauma-informed systems, states and communities
• Adverse childhood & community experiences
• Sources of resilience across the life span
• Community peace-building initiatives
•Ethical and effective teaching strategies related to trauma and healing
•Innovative work that promotes systems change
• Restorative justice practices
• Mutual aid
• Racial justice
• Disability justice
• Economic justice
• Food justice

2023 Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Roderick L. Carey 

Roderick L. Carey, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware (UD). Dr. Carey’s has published extensively on how Black ways Black and Latino adolescent boys and young men conceptualize their postsecondary school futures and enact college-going processes.  He and colleagues at the UD Partnership for Public Education recently launched , where educators and youth workers can find a video, research-based insights, tools, and lesson plans to support youth in finding their postsecondary future selves. He is also the Founder of The Black Boy Mattering Project, which investigates how adolescent Black boys and young men articulate their mattering across multiple school and social domains. Dr. Carey received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration on Minority and Urban Education, from the University of Maryland College Park; his Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and his B.A. in Secondary Education and English from the Lynch School of Education and Human Development of Boston College. He spent four years working in urban charter schools in Washington, D.C., as a high school English teacher, coach, performing arts coordinator, and instructional leader. His articles have been published in outlets including  Journal of Adolescent Research, Harvard Educational Review, American Journal of Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Education and Urban Society, Educational Administration Quarterly, and Urban Education. He serves on local community boards, most recently being appointed to the Board of Trustees at Salesianum School. He serves on three journal editorial boards, and is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Adolescent Research. He is a husband a proud father to a two year old, Claire.

Program Schedule at a Glance

Part 1



8:30-8:45-Session 1: The Role of Hope in Navigating Challenging Times, Amanda Rich, PhD

8:45-9:00-Session 2: Mindbody Grounding Practice, Christen Cosia

8:45-9:00-Session 2: Mindbody Grounding Practice, Christen Cosia

9:00-9:15-Session 3: Trauma and the Alchemy of Healing, Erica Gaimari

9:15-9:45-Session 4: Seek to Understand So That We May Be Understood, Denis Quirk, PhD ABD

9:45-10:15-Session 5 Words Matter: Language, Stigma and Bias, Jennifer O’Higgins, Katherine Cox, Jennifer Sabin

10:15-10:30-Session 6: Adverse Childhood Experiences in York City, Melissa Saint Cloud

10:30-10:45 Break

Part 2



10:45-11:00-Session 7: Consent, Boundaries, and Gender Dysphoria: Thinking

11:00-11:30-Session 8: Dare to Care: Reimagining Health Care Through Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy, Ross Sullivan

11:30-11:45-Session 9 Creating a Consent Based Classroom, Suzanne Delle

11:45-12:00Session 10: A Relational Education Curriculum: Pleasure Activism on Public Lands

12:00-12:30-Session 11: “I’ve Got the Sense(s) I’m Going to Be Okay”, Kaitlin Bunoza



Part III 12:45-2:45

 12:45-1:00-Session 12: Social Workers’ Perspectives of the Effectiveness of EMDR in Telehealth for PTSD Patients, Linda Timme, DSW

1:00-1:30 Keynote Speech

1:00-1:30-Keynote Session (Session 13): Imagining Comprehensive Mattering: Toward a Vision For Better Schools and Worlds for Black Boys and Us All, Rodrick Carey, PhD

 1:30-2:00-Session 14: The Power of Play for Healing in Children, Kate Worley & Claudia Robuck

2:00-2:30-Session 15 Drag and its Role in Collective Hope and Healing for the LGBTQ+ and Ally Community, Kate Worley

2:40-2:50-Wrap-up and Closing Remarks, Amanda Rich, PhD

2:30-2:40-Session 16 Development of a Role-Playing Game to Support Student-Athlete Well-Being Through Imagination, Grace Martin & Loretta Brady, PhD

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