Session III of the Fall 2018 GAINS workshop series will be led by Suzanne Koepplinger. In this workshop, students will gain a deeper understanding of how trauma, toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences impact individual and organizational health. They will learn practical skills to reduce fight/flight/freeze reactivity and enhance cognitive functioning, creativity and problem solving.
About Suzanne Koepplinger:
Suzanne Koepplinger is the director of the Catalyst Initiative at The Minneapolis Foundation. Catalyst’s purpose is to honor and foster culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being. Initiated by the George Family Foundation in 2014, Catalyst joined The Minneapolis Foundation in January 2018 to bring its innovative community-based work to scale. Previously, Suzanne served for ten years as the executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, where she led the first research, community response, and program implementation in the country to address sex trafficking of American Indian women and girls. In that capacity, she has twice testified before Congress and is a certified trainer for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. Suzanne holds a master’s degree in the Art of Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and is one of 15 national leaders chosen for the NoVo Foundation’s first Move to End Violence cohort. She has extensive international experience as a trainer and public speaker. Her current community service includes board membership with ArtSpace and Frank Theatre.