Speakers: Laurie Leitch & Loree Sutton
Recorded: Wednesday Aug 22, 2012
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Episode Description: Laurie Leitch, PhD, reflects on how we know when we’re ready for a risk and what it means to fail or succeed, to live “without anxiety about imperfection.” She invites us to listen to the whole body, rather than just the mind, about how and when to risk. Loree Sutton, MD, then looks at resilience, not merely on the individual but on the social level, and how as a society we can create systems to facilitate wholeness.
Note: Due to technical difficulties; during Loree Sutton’s 10 minute talk, the microphone occasionally cuts out, however the talks is still understandable. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
Laurie Leitch, PhD, cofounder of the Trauma Resource Institute, has been in psychotherapy practice and health consultation for more than 25 years.
Laurie worked with individuals following the September 11th terrorist attacks, was on a team to assist survivors of the tsunami in Thailand, traveled to Louisiana in response to Hurricane Katrina, and recently returned from Rwanda where she introduced the Trauma Resiliency Model to community aid workers. She is also co-project director for the China Earthquake Relief Project, a project sponsored by the World Health Organization to provide aid to Sichuan Province, China following the May 12, 2008 earthquake.
Laurie has conducted clinical trainings at hospitals, social service agencies, conferences, and grassroots agencies. She has extensive experience in cross-cultural research and practice, and conducts training and research internationally on restoring resiliency after trauma.
Retired Army Brigadier General Loree Sutton, MD is a psychiatrist who served as Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) from 2007 to 2010. Committed to empowering others, Sutton has more than 20 years of leadership experience encompassing a diverse mix of domains: civilian and military; combat and peacekeeping; command and staff; clinical and academic; organizational design and development; transmedia strategic communications; public policy; global health; education, technology and training.
During this past year, Sutton has engaged with numerous community-based organizations to catalyze and accelerate peer-to-peer neurobiologically-based training for veterans, service members, families and caregivers. Organizations include the Trauma Resource Institute, Homeward Bound USA, Coming Home Project, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Center for a New American Security, Paws and Stripes, Equus Medendi, and Soldier’s Heart. Recognized nationally by the American Psychiatric Association, Sutton has been featured on NBC Dateline and an upcoming documentary on military sexual trauma.
Further, the Rockefeller Foundation selected Sutton and Laurie Leitch, PhD, as co-recipients of the Bellagio Fellowship; their proposal is titled “Global Leadership Meets Emerging Neuroscience: Building Resiliency in a Weary World.” Sutton currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Looking ahead, Sutton will continue to focus on community-based approaches to building resiliency, maximizing recovery and fostering reintegration in support of our nation’s veterans, service members and their loved ones. Her interest in resiliency extends from individuals, families and communities to the realm of global leadership and national security. She remains passionately devoted to the public health imperative of leading sustainable cultural change and advocating strength-based and resiliency- informed approaches to leadership, based upon emerging advances in neuroscience.