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Our trauma-informed webinar series draws on diverse expertise and experience on trauma and its healing. Leading experts in psychological trauma, trauma-informed care, and Animal rescue and sanctuary share their insights in this unique series.

In these webinars you will:

  • Learn about trauma, how to support trauma healing and avoid re-traumatization
  • Gain powerful insights on how to support Animals healing from trauma
  • Learn about the relationship between human and nonhuman trauma and healing
  • Join a community supporting Animal dignity and freedom

There are two sets of webinars now open for registration:

  • Trauma-Informed Care for Animals I–Fundamentals Concepts is comprised of presentations from three mental health professionals with a fourth discussion presentation with Q&A.
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Animals II–Healing in Sanctuary interviews four leaders in Animal rescue and sanctuary as they share their experiences and insights of Animal trauma and healing, with a particular focus on species and individuals with whom they have worked.


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Tall Blue Starry Strangeness: How the Trauma-informed Paradigm Creates Sanctuary for All Animals.

Sandra Bloom, MD – Dr. Bloom is a board-certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple…

Pathways to Mutual Accompaniment

Mary Watkins, PhD – Dr. Watkins is chair of the MA/PhD. Depth Psychology Program, a founding co-chair of its Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology…

Understanding the Role of the Evolved Nest in Trauma-Informed Care

Darcia Narvaez, PhD (dar-sha narv-eyes) – Dr. Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her current…


Renee King-Sonnen – Renee is the founder and executive director of Rowdy Girl, a Texas sanctuary that rescues and cares for farmed Animals. Five years ago, Renee made a radical transformation from being a “rancher’s wife” to a committed vegan and Animal advocate. Renee has also founded innovative programs such as the Rancher Advocacy Program and Families Choosing Compassion.

Susie Coston – Susie has worked in Animal rights, care, and advocacy for more than thirty years. In addition to her tenure as National Shelter Director of Farm Sanctuary for nineteen years, Susie has been intimately involved in trauma healing of Sheep, Cows, Goats, Chickens, Turkeys and Rabbits.

Kari Bagnall – Kari is founder and director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, a non-profit organization offering a safe haven for Monkeys in need of permanent sanctuary care. Jungle Friends is home to over 300 New-World former “pet” Monkeys and those rescued from biomedical laboratories.

Katherine Connor – Katherine is founder and director of Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), Sukothai,Thailand, which opened in 2007. BLES cares for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within forested land, as well as other abused Animals including Dogs and Cats.

Dr. Sandra Bloom, MD

Dr. Bloom is a board-certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. Between 2005 and 2016 over 350 social service, juvenile justice and mental health organizations have been trained in the Sanctuary Model.

Dr. Bloom is a past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and author or co-author of a series of books on trauma-informed care: Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies published in 1997 with a second edition in 2013; Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Delivery Service Systems published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care, published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

She is currently co-chairing a new national organization, the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), whose goal is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, local and tribal levels that incorporate up-to-date scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma across the lifespan and many social and health problems.

Mary Watkins, PhD

Dr. Watkins is chair of the MA/PhD Depth Psychology Program, a founding co-chair of its Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization, and Coordinator of Community and Ecological Fieldwork at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA.

She is the author of a forthcoming book, Mutual Accompaniment and the Creation of the Commons (Yale 2019) and Waking Dreams, Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues and co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation, Talking with Young Children About Adoption, Up Against the Wall:  Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border. In addition, Dr. Watkins co-edited Psychology and the Promotion of Peace (Journal of Social Issues, 44, 2).

Her work focuses at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. As a clinical psychologist she has worked with adults, children and families, and with small and large groups around issues of peace, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, immigration and social justice. For the last 15 years, Dr. Watkins has been working intensively on forced migration and citizen/non-citizen neighbor relationships.

Darcia Narvaez, PhD (dar-sha narv-eyes)

Dr. Narvaez is Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character. She is working intensively on the evolved developmental niche for young children (natural birth, extensive on-demand breastfeeding, constant touch, caregiver responsiveness, free play, multiple adult caregivers and extensive positive social support), early life experience effects on moral development in the US and in China, and the integration of indigenous wisdom such as her 2013 paper, “The 99%–Development and socialization within an evolutionary context: Growing up to become ‘A good and useful human being’” and her 2016 conference, Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowhow for Global Flourishing.  

She is the author of numerous books including, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom (winner of the American Psychological Association 2015 William James Book Award and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award; Embodied Morality: Protectionism, Engagement and Imagination; Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development: From Research to Practice and Policy; Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution; Young Child Flourishing: Evolution, Family & Society; and Personality, Identity, and Character: Explorations in Moral Psychology.