Trauma and Resilience Conference
$15 – $30
Trauma and Resilience Conference

Trauma and Resilience Conference

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Multnomah University

8435 Northeast Glisan Street

Portland, OR 97220

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It is often said that art is impossible to define, though "you know it when you see it." Is this what trauma is like? To be sure, trauma seems difficult if not impossible to define. Yet, insidiously, because of the innumerable forms and shapes it takes, many of us would not even recognize trauma when we see it. Perhaps provisionally, we can define trauma as anything that shatters one's trust in the world. Or further: trauma occurs when the very tools we use to build trust in the world are those things by which we've been betrayed. How does one cope, when the usual ways to cope are the things that cause harm? During Trauma and Resilience, our many speakers will present trauma from a variety of angles to help us not only recognize how trauma affects all corners of life--from relationships, to communities, to politics, to literature--but also how we can begin to help one another heal and move beyond brokenness into resilience.

Join us on March 18th for our conference, Trauma and Resilience.


Plenary One: Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation - Trauma and Youth

Plenary Two: Eric Knox, Pastor at Imago Dei and Founder of Holla Ministries - Trauma and Race

Plenary Three: J. Dave Kinzie, M.D., Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at OHSU - The Psychology of Trauma

Plenary Four (Panel Session - The Many Aspects of Trauma): Dr. Laura Gardner, Kimberly Konkel, Dr. Domani Pothen, Dr. Robert Potter, Dr. Steven Kolmes.


Trauma and Youth Leadership Training - Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation

Trauma and Resilience in Missionary Work - Dr. Laura Gardner, Wycliffe Bible Translators

Trauma and Race in the First Nations Context - JR Lilly, Development Manager, NAYA Family Center

Trauma and Politics - Dr. Robert Potter, M.D., Ph.D. former Senior Scholar for the Center for Ethics, OHSU

Trauma and Environment - Dr. Steve Kolmes, Rev. John Molter C.S.C. Chair in Science, Univ. of Portland

Trauma Fiction - Dr. Domani Pothen, Professor of English, Multnomah University

Children and Families Living With Trauma - Chris Haughee, Minister, Evangelical Covenant, Doctoral Candidate and Kim Konkel, Associate Director for Health and Human Services

Ethnic Cleansing, Refugees, & Trauma - Dr. Karen Fancher, Professor of Global Studies, Multnomah University

Helping Veterans With PTSD - Dr. Mike Gurney, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Multnomah University

Trauma in the Book of Job - Dr. Karl Kutz, Chair of Biblical Languages, Multnomah University

Sexual Trauma and Abuse - Dr. Steve Tracy, President, Mending the Soul Ministries

Gender, Religion, and Trauma (Workshop Panel) - Trudi Sang, Gyokuko Carlson, Dr. Brad Harper, Sara Mannen

[For more on our speakers follow the link]


Will there be food?

Yes, lunch will be served at the conference and is included in your ticket price!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You will need some form of photo-ID to claim your ticket. If you register for the student ticket you will need to bring your student ID for confirmation.

There are no minimum age requirements, however we will not have daycare so please plan accordingly if you are bringing children. In addition, due to mature themes being dealt with during the conference, we also ask that you use discretion regarding the age of those you bring.

I'm a student, but not at Multnomah - can I still get the discount?

Yes! Just be sure to bring your student ID along with a picture ID (if the student ID doesn't also have a picture).

I'm an alumni of Multnomah - does the student rate apply?


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There will be limited parking on campus, and more parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. Here is a map of the school.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

All questions can be directed to Derrick Peterson at

What is the event schedule?

Conference check-in opens at 8:30am Saturday March 18th, and the conference officially begins at 9am and runs to 5pm. A detailed schedule will be forthcoming soon.

What's the refund policy?

We do not issue refunds. However if you contact our coordinator Derrick Peterson at we can make arrangements to transfer your ticket to another attendee. This transferal MUST be authorized through Derrick Peterson. Showing up with a ticket whose name is other than their corresponding picture ID will not be admitted.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need your printed ticket. All you need to bring is a photo ID to the registration tables, and our volunteers will check you in.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

It is only transferrable if you contact our project coordinator Derrick Peterson at Tickets that do not have names matching photo-ID will not be admitted.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. Tickets must match name and photo-ID. If you need to transfer a ticket to another party, please see above.

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8435 Northeast Glisan Street

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