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PTSD and Sexual Assault: For Survivors

What factors lead to individual’s ability to assertively cope with and escape from potentially dangerous situations?  In the wake of sexual assault, destructive coping strategies can lead to amplified PTSD symptoms and victimization.

Through sexual assault prevention, PTSD education and empathy-building, we assert our innate power to move through trauma.  By understanding the psychological repercussions of sexual violence, individuals are empowered to come forward as allies and leaders, creating a community striving towards compassion.  Learn healthy coping skills for healing after sexual assault.


PTSD and Sexual Assault: For Professionals Working with Survivors

In the face of trauma, an individual can fight, flee or freeze.  For many survivors of assault, the “freeze” response can trigger complex feelings of shame and guilt, intertwined with feelings of helplessness from their initial trauma.  When unattended, immobility can lead to destructive coping mechanisms, which create barriers to healing.  Learn why understanding the freeze response in trauma is the secret to building a community with an empowered approach to sexual assault prevention.


Finding the Gifts After Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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People need adversity, trauma and setbacks in order to grow, change, evolve, develop as a person, find their inner strength and become a richer, deeper version of themselves. Amy will explain the psychological aftermath of trauma and symptoms of PTSD, define post traumatic growth, and provide means of developing creative, healthy coping strategies. This can also be followed by an information session for family members and supporters.

 As someone who has been affected by illness, dissociation, disability and chronic conditions, my mission with Gutless & Grateful is to provide hope, help and resources for others who have also had experienced the physical effects of trauma, as well as its psychological aftermath, and to inform communities through starting a vital conversation on how trauma affects us all. 


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Reframing the Trauma Narrative: Turn Your Life into the Best Story You’ve Ever Read       The spoken, sung and written word has the power to transform our lives, our community, shape our world, cultivate self love and compassion. Our stories transform our personal experience, enrich our community and teach others the lessons we have learned for ourselves.  Through expressing our stories, we reframe the seemingly random events in our lives by stringing them into a singular narrative, making meaning in the process.  Through sharing our stories, we embody our role as “author,” as we both uniquely define ourselves and create empathy through our common threads.  Learn emotional and persuasive power of telling an authentic story as an essential leadership, self-development and resiliency skill.


Food and Gratitude: Nourish Your Body, and Stay Hungry for Life 

“Surgeons connected my body, but food connected my mind and soul.”  After being unable to eat a morsel of food or drink a drop of liquid for six years, Amy learned powerful lessons about the emotional, physical, psychological and social importance of food.  Relearning how to nourish her body after 27 surgeries required and new approach to self-love and self-care.  Take an empowered, compassionate approach to nourishing your body and come to love the food that breathes passion into your life.  With mindfulness, you’ll learn to observe your thoughts and emotions without immediately acting and are better able to choose how to react more effectively.  Embrace your right and responsibility to define beauty on your own terms and to love and respect themselves and their bodies. Form a deeper relationship with yourself and with others through love, care and confidence.  Shedding insight into our emotional and intellectual relationships with food, Amy goes far beyond body image and eating disorders to get to the heart of the issue, helping individuals shape their perspectives about nutrition, stress and weight management, with humor, poignancy, and practical tools.


College Mental Health Mindset on Campus Keynote

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Explore the secrets to gratitude, hope, stories and creativity to maximize student success.

Learn how to build resilience, and develop healthy self care strategies,  Discover how to create a healthy campus with an empowered approach to health through fostering long-term mindsets.

Mental Health Mindset can also be expanded into three components:

Part 1) 60-90 minute multi-faceted keynote: a comedic yet poignant story on how I survived 27 stomach surgeries, organ failure and sexual abuse. Through interwoven song and dialogue, I share a primal piece of live-storytelling – a powerful message that it’s possible to overcome physical and mental health obstacles.

Part 2) An educational session/speech: I discuss an empowered approach to mental health, how to develop a resiliency toolbox, how to cultivate hope, and how to thrive with a physical or mental health condition, rooted in a comprehensive understanding of psychology, mindfulness and creative arts therapies.

Part 3) A Q&A session and creative participation segment: storytelling, theatre games and resiliency exercises. The program can also be followed by a panel involving wellness faculty to introduce mental health resources on campus.  Students will also be given a Recipe for Resiliency Workbook™ and will receive local and national resources for student mental health and trauma.

 “My perspective on illness has changed since my days of “croup”, and it’s also changed since my last surgical intervention. I’ve learned that illness isn’t always in the physical scars. I’ve learned that some wounds aren’t visible, and some wounds even we don’t know we have, until we choose to take care of them. But I’ve also learned that I’m resilient, strong, broken and put together again, differently, yet even more beautiful – like a mosaic.

PTSD has not broken me. It’s taken me apart, and I’m reassembling myself day by day. In the meantime, I’m learning to love what I can build.” (from Amy’s Huffington Post Essay)

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