- Dr. Chamberlain: Abortions & the Critical Right to Self-Governance and Personal Autonomy￼This week Laura is in conversation with Dr. Chamberlain. An abortion provider, ObGyn and Medical Director, he has dedicated his career to women’s healthcare. Having been friends for over 25 years, they discuss how he sustains his kindness, compassion, and perspective, even amidst 80 hour weeks. He generously shares his evolution from being raised with conservative values to now being resolute in the critical right of self-governance and personal autonomy for every woman. With a strong focus on the collaborative nature of this work, he reminds us of what it means to come together to protect human rights and how we can all contribute to improving the current landscape.
- Dr. Jon Conte: Even When Witnessing The Unspeakable – A Belief in Hope, Healing, and Humankind￼Join us this week as Laura talks to her beloved and brilliant mentor, Dr. Jon Conte. Jon is one of the world’s foremost experts in trauma and child abuse prevention. Sought out for decades for his expert witness testimony, he has also been the Director of The Joshua Center on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, and is a Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Washington. Together he and Laura go deep into all things trauma and abuse. They discuss how we can maintain our sense of hope in humankind when we are exposed to trauma and overwhelm, and how doing very small things can yield very big results in our efforts to sustain ourselves. Please note that this episode is graphic in nature and centers on themes of child abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma. While the content of this episode is detailed and explicit at times, if you do choose to listen, we hope you find it helpful and meaningful.
- Dr. Alexa Albert: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Narcissism [or at least what we could cover in an hour!]￼In this episode Laura is in conversation with Dr. Alexa Albert, an expert on narcissism. They do a deep dive into what narcissism is, where it most often comes from, and how it manifests in a variety of relationships. Alexa shares her belief in the importance of “Getting a PhD in knowing yourself” as navigating narcissism can be confusing, painful, and even – at times – dangerous. Listeners will leave with tangible and concrete strategies, and we hope this episode sheds some meaningful light on what so many of us have been – at one point or another – impacted by.
About the Show
We will have conversations about what to do in the face of our overwhelm and how to do it, and we will be guided by listeners’ questions.
Each week, Laura and a guest will discuss concrete strategies we can use to mitigate harm, cultivate our ability to bring our A-game to whatever we’re doing (or as close as we can get), and move beyond what can feel like permanent survival mode. Some weeks will be geared more towards adults, and others towards adolescents and anyone who loves, lives, or works with them. Together, we’ll focus on the merits of staying present, not missing out on today, and trying to avoid future tripping.
We hope that Future Tripping will offer listeners insight into what is currently overwhelming them and tactical skills for sustaining themselves and contributing, however much they’d like, to larger systemic and structural changes.
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades.