Presentations

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Trauma Transformed Through Art & Storytelling

Suicide loss survivors/author Rebecca Anderson and her son Aidan Anderson openly talk about the healing journey their family experienced with artist Laurie Phillips in the creation of the Suicide Survivor Club book series. Rebecca, the author of Parenting the Suicide Survivors' Club (one of the 5-books in the set) shares her personal experience and determination to find a way through the devastating loss, while seeking modalities of therapy and support for her family. Each family member has a book with their name, told in their own words of how the suicide of their father/husband impacted their lives. The presentation shines a light on an integrated approach using  art and storytelling. 

This presentation is 50-minutes in length, allowing for a 10-minute Q&A and can be customized to a specific audience.                                                 

  • Demonstrates how visual art/narrative helped the Anderson family regain its balance after the trauma of losing their loved one to suicide. 
  • Validate the ups and downs of how life changes after the suicide of a family member, offering an example of how one family experienced it and moved forward with their lives. 

Healing Trauma Through Art & Storytelling is focused on opening up the conversation about suicide, reducing stigma, and healing from grief. 

There is a hands-on workshop available for professionals to learn how to utilize the All Ages Workbook + Activity Guide and how to facilitate a Story Portrait workshop for Suicide Loss Survivors.  Click here to learn more

Please contact Rebecca to schedule a presentation. 

Rebecca Anderson presenting at ADEC conference, April 2016

 

Laurie Phillips presenting at ADEC conference, April 2016
Rebecca Anderson reading daughter Pattie's epilogue at the Suicide Survivors' Club book launch, June 2016
Aidan Anderson presenting at the Suicide Survivors' Club book launch, June 2016
Will Anderson presenting at the Suicide Survivors' Club book launch, June 2016
PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENTS

Brighter Days Grief Center and NAMI MN
A Story Portrait art workshop offered to families grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide
Minneapolis, MN
November 7, 2019
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Family Means Center for Grief and Loss and NAMI MN
A Story Portrait art workshop offered to families grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide
St. Paul, MN
November 11, 2019
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Prairie Care Institute and NAMI MN
A Story Portrait art workshop offered to people grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide
Minneapolis, MN
November 23, 2019
          
PAST ENGAGEMENTS

Compass Rose and NAMI MN
A Story Portrait art workshop offered to families grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide
Bemidji, MN
October 19, 2019
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Children's Hospital
A Story Portrait art workshop offered to families grieving the death of a child
Minneapolis, MN
January 27, 2019
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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) MN 

Presentation to staff and volunteers at NAMI MN's
St. Paul location
Dec. 13, 2018

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Macalester College
Mental health Awareness Month: Story Portrait art workshop, presentation to students and staff, informational posters all over campus, original art in gallery
St. Paul, MN
October-December, 2018

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Co-hosted with the Christopher Benz Foundation
The Marsh
Minnetonka, MN
November 18, 2017
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The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
September 27, 2017
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University of Minnesota 
Center for Spirituality & Healing
Holistic Health & Healing Summer Institute
With Sue Towey, RN, CNS, MS, LP
Woodwinds Hospital, St. Paul
June 22, 2017
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St. Catherine University 
School of Nursing, with
Sue Towey,
RN, CNS, MS, LP
St. Paul, MN
June 1, 2017
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American Association of Suicidology
National 50th Anniversary Conference
Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, AZ
April 27, 2017 
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Magers & Quinn Booksellers 
Reading co-hosted by
NAMI, Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
January 26, 2017
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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) MN

2016 conference
Nov. 5, 2016
St. Paul RiverCentre                           ___

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Co-hosted with the Christopher Benz Foundation
The Marsh
Minnetonka, MN
November 19, 2016                           ___

The Marsh
Book launch
Minnetonka, MN
June 11, 2016                                   ___

Association for Death Education and Counseling 
National conference
Minneapolis, MN
April 14, 2016
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Co-hosted with the Christopher Benz Foundation
The Marsh
Minnetonka, MN
Nov 21, 2015
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Mayo Medical School
Rochester, MN
March 18, 2015
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Co-hosted with the Christopher Benz Foundation
The Marsh
Minnetonka, MN
November 22, 2014

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Mayo Clinic 
Regional Arts in Healthcare Symposium
Rochester, MN
November 16, 2014

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St. Catherine University
School of Art
St. Paul, MN
February 27, 2014

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