Dr. Ross Laird

Dr. Ross LairdRoss Laird, Ph.D. is an author, clinical consultant, educator, and scholar. His work focuses on the interconnected themes of mentorship, trauma, addictions, mental health, and creativity. Ross has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of individual clients and students, from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to corporate boardrooms and university classrooms across North America.

Ross is a frequent guest on radio and television, to speak on topics related to mental health, addictions, parenting, creativity, education, and adolescent development. He has appeared on CBC’s Tapestry, North by Northwest, The Early Edition, Daybreak North, and on the CBC Evening News. Ross has also appeared on Bravo’s Book Television, CityTV’s Breakfast Television, and on CKNW’s World Today, Morning News, and Bill Good shows. Ross has also been profiled in the Vancouver Sun.

Ross enjoys running, rock climbing, woodworking, and exploring the vanishing wilderness. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Session - Finding Wisdom in the Wound of Trauma: Research Developments in Healing and Discovery

Description: The roots and paths of trauma are complex and sometimes surprising. The approaches that people follow in their search for healing reflect the diversity and resilience of human character. Trauma can be a burden, an opening, a source of wisdom, and many other things. The path of healing does not lead us back to the person we once were. Trauma changes us, shapes us, creates new perspectives for us, and perhaps, even new values. These changes do not feel positive as they are happening. But authentic trauma healing also involves recognizing that wisdom lies hidden inside the wound - that meaning and purpose are to be found through the experience. How do we find the wisdom, meaning, and purpose to carry us forward?

This presentation is intended to offer positive suggestions and directions for trauma healing, and is based on Dr. Ross Laird's research with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, and other projects around the world focused on trauma recovery and healing.

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