2-11-2021 Lisa Lopez Levers and Matthew Walsh


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Title: "Trauma-Informed Community Development: Using the Consultative Workshop as a Strategy for Community Engagement, Mitigating Adversity, and Building Resilience"

Presenters: Lisa Lopez Levers, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LPC, CRC, NCC, Professor of Counselor Education & Human Development Duquesne University and Matthew Walsh, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Assistant Director/Community Engagement Coordinator, Duquesne University Counseling Services.

Abstract: In this CIQR talk, the presenters discuss the use of the Consultative Workshop as a method for collecting qualitative data within a stakeholder-driven context that relies on problem solving as an important outcome. They then explain how they employed this method in a qualitative inquiry aimed at assisting a local community in deciding how residents might address and resolve issues of trauma in their community. Major findings of the study led to the design of the Trauma Informed Community Development (TICD) model, which has been applied successfully, locally and in multiple communities around the country.

Lisa Lopez Levers was the Rev. Francis Philben Endowed Chair in African Studies (2012-2017) and is a Professor of Counselor Education and Human Development in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, School of Education, at Duquesne University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana, 2003-2004. Her current scholarly projects involve her work in sub-Saharan Africa; the impact of trauma on childhood and adolescent development; adult sequelae associated with early childhood trauma; designing and developing culturally sensitive community-based services. She works with marginalized communities in developing culturally sensitive systems of care, creating better access to integrative health/mental health services, designing responses to community trauma, and building community resilience.

Matt Walsh obtained his PhD from Duquesne University in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition, he has an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and a B.A. in Studio Art. He is a licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. He has been a professional counselor for the last 8 years and in higher education for 18 years. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including crisis intervention, addiction, and dual diagnosis. He currently works as a full-time psychotherapist and coordinator of community engagement at Duquesne University's Counseling Services. In addition, Dr. Walsh is a consultant, trauma-informed workshop facilitator, adjunct faculty member in Duquesne University's School of Education, and an adjunct at the University of Pittsburgh's Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. Dr. Walsh's community engaged research focuses on community trauma from a Bioecological perspective.