DelVal to host forum on trauma

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Delaware Valley University will present its second annual Graduate Counseling Psychology Speaker Series on Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. The University will welcome Dr. Mindi Raggi, LCSW/LPC and Eda Kauffman, MSW/LSW to campus for a forum that will focus on the individual and institutional experiences of trauma. Anyone who is interested in the field of trauma is encouraged to attend. The event is open to the public at no cost. Guests do not need to register in advance.

“Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation.”  -Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery

The event will explore the concept of trauma, current approaches in neuroscience and the potential to heal from traumatic experiences. This forum will address the effects of trauma on individuals and further explore the systems in which individuals function. Strategies for building trauma-resiliency in families, schools, and work systems will be addressed.  


  • Dr. Mindi Raggi works in private practice and has extensive experience with children and adults. Her approach is integrative, specializing in trauma history and relationships, growth, and self-awareness issues. Her experience includes clinical direction of a large hospice center. Her current research interests include: trauma, assessment and the effects of trauma on the therapeutic alliance. Dr. Raggi uses a variety of trauma recovery techniques, but feels particularly intrigued by the neurological components of traumatic memory. She has published in the areas of trauma techniques and assessment and has co-presented on these topics at several American Counseling Association conferences. Dr. Raggi is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate counseling psychology program at DelVal where she teaches Trauma Awareness.
  • Eda Kauffman joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice community in 2013 as associate director of field education. Kauffman has more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of: addiction, trauma, trauma-informed systems of care, domestic violence and homelessness.  She has supported and instructed agencies in implementing the Sanctuary Model®, a trauma-informed method of creating, sustaining and changing organizational culture.  In addition to her agency practice, she supervised master’s level social work students for over 15 years and worked as a field liaison for over 11 years.

The graduate counseling psychology program is sponsoring the event. The Graduate Counseling Psychology Speaker Series helps prepare practitioners, students and the public to meet the challenges of a complex, global environment. The events also promote lifelong learning. Inherent in this vision is the recognition that society is multicultural and diverse. The Speaker Series is designed to expose participants to new voices and perspectives that may not be readily available or accessible in their day-to-day experiences. Through exposure and learning, participants gain a better understanding of personal, local and global concerns.

Directions: For directions to campus and parking locations, please visit: or, call 1.800.2.DELVAL.

Attend the Event: The event is open the public and anyone who is interested in the field of trauma is welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend the Graduate Counseling Psychology Speaker Series and guests do not need to register in advance or RSVP.

Event Contact: If you need special accommodations to attend, or, if you have questions, please contact: Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook at or, at 215.489.4348 in advance.