Speaking Engagements


Love Our Local Authors (LOLA) Festival – AS SCHEDULED

Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 3 pm to 5 pm
Alexandria, Virginia

Karen will read and talk about her Lady Lucy book series


Delta Kappa Gamma (DC Branch) (Virtual)

Topic: How Educators Can Make Schools More Trauma Informed

Date: Oct. 1, 2020 at 5:30 (members only)


British Columbia School Counselors Annual Meeting (virtual)

Topic: How to Create and Use Trauma ToolBoxes

Date: Friday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 est.


College Unbound 8 Week Course Online

Topic: Trauma is Catching Like a Virus: Why and What Do We Do to Address It

Date: Starting Oct. 26 (Monday evenings 5–8 p.m. est.)
https://4.files.edl.io/8780/08/29/20/155226-16cd35ca-5b4c-4424-b0e7-4746784814a8.pdf (SBS 290)


CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning)

Topic: How Trauma Affects Adult Learners

Date: Nov. 4, 3:45 p.m est

DECEMBER 1st 2020

Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work

Topic: The Impact of Trauma on Students, Educators and Community. 

Date: Dec. 1, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (Zoom)

Additional Details: This course will segway into a course in Jan./Feb. 2021, held on Friday January 29 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday, January 30, 1:00 from 4:00 pm; and Friday, Feb. 19 (6:00 to 9:00 pm); and  Saturday, Feb. 20, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  The course is available to the general public. Reach out to College Unbound. Attn. Associate Provost Michelle Navarre.  401 752 2640Register: www.collegeunbound.org

DECEMBER 3rd 2020

Delta Kappa Gamma Nu Zeta Chapter

Topic: Curbing Holiday Trauma 

Date: Dec. 3, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (Zoom, Members Only)

DECEMBER 9th 2020

Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work

Topic: How To Deal with Trauma Anniversaries

Date: Dec. 9th, 2020 from 9 –noon (Zoom)
Register: https://ssw-web.rutgers.edu/ssw/ce/index.php?m=catalog&cid=2328

DECEMBER 11th 2020

CAEOP (Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Programs

Topic: Strategies for Ameliorating Trauma: We Have Reason for Hope

The pandemic feels like a slow-moving trauma, affecting all of us in many ways, especially students of all ages but also teachers and administrators.  This multi-faceted trauma affects our mental health in both K-12 and higher education as we try to adjust to “the new normal.”  This is hard work.

Join us on Friday, December 11, for an all-day (8:30-3:30) Zoom conference on “Strategies for Ameliorating Trauma: We Have Reason for Hope.”  Dr. Karen Gross, author of Trauma Doesn’t Stop at the School Door, will enhance our understanding of trauma with real examples and provide, in an interactive style, tools for addressing trauma in our students, our colleagues and ourselves.  A follow-up session on Jan. 29th will bring us full circle to better learn how to apply the lessons that participants took from Dec. 11.

Your registration fee — $85 — will include the cost of Dr. Gross’ book that will be sent to you, or emailed if you choose the electronic version, after the conference.  

Date:  Dec. 11th (8:30 to 3:30) with a follow-up session on January 29, 2020
Register: www.caeopct.org


National Coalition of Girls Schools: Beyond the Book Series
(Members only)

Four Sessions starting Jan. 21, 2020


Rutgers Graduate School of Education

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice & Rutgers Center for Minority Serving  Institutions 
Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Seminary Place, Suite 110, New Brunswick, NJ  08901

Topic:   Trauma is an Invisible Backpack: How that Backpack Affects Students, Educators and Communities

Description:  We live in a world filled with trauma caused by a myriad of events ranging from the Pandemic to racial and ethnic discrimination to natural disasters to shootings in schools and streets to economic and political upheavals to family dysfunction.  This presentation will focus on understanding the role and impact of trauma and its symptoms on our educational system.  We know that trauma impacts learning and the psychosocial development of students at all ages and stages.  We know too that educators are impacted by primary, secondary and vicarious trauma.  We strongly suspect there is the intergenerational transmission of trauma.  Despite its omnipresence, we often do not recognize trauma and even when we do see it, we are unaware of the many strategies that can be employed to ameliorate its acute and deferred impacts.  This presentation will provide insights into how we can address trauma (not eliminate it as it never goes away), including readily accessible concrete strategies that will help students, educators and communities. We can and should have hope because we know that if we can name trauma, then we can then tame it and frame it.  There will be opportunities for questions and answers.