Apr 26 2023


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Proposals Due by March 26th 2023

Call for Proposals Link

“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

Call for Proposals Link