The Trauma Stewardship Institute


At The Trauma Stewardship Institute, we focus on raising awareness of and responding to the cumulative toll on those who are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis, or trauma of humans, living beings, or the planet itself.

The Institute was founded in 2011 by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

Our expertise lies in:

  • Raising awareness of the cumulative toll on individuals, organizations, institutions, movements, communities, and society as a whole as a result of being exposed to suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma
  • Facilitating conversations on systematic oppression and liberation theory
  • Responding to acute trauma, whether individual or collective

At the Institute, our aim is to create a larger, cross-disciplinary movement that helps decrease isolation and works toward building a critical mass of those striving for sustainability.

We invite you to read more about our work here.



Laura’s program allows participants to self-select their level of engagement. As participants, we are permitted the comfort of maintaining our zone of self-protection, but we are welcome to enjoy the relief that comes with the realization that we are all emotionally dented and dinged. Some of us a little bit, some of us a lot.

Laura’s interaction with the audience is occasionally pointed, often humorous, and unfailingly honest. She creates a comfort zone, leads by example, and then invites her audience to fully engage the formidable and endless challenge of being honest with themselves. If you fully engage, your work is just beginning at the conclusion of the presentation.

Laura’s program can change, and even save, lives.


Senior Advisor, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, United States Naval Postgraduate School