Loyola University Maryland

Department of Pastoral Counseling


Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership

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The Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership prepares people to be resilience leaders through cura personalis and intellectual excellence. The center facilitates a sustainable research space that attracts diverse and intellectually rigorous scholars and practitioners interested in trauma studies and resilience leadership. The center equips people with resilience leadership skills and a reflective presence that allows them to serve effectively with individuals and in the teams, organizations, and communities of a diverse and changing world.

Our Mission
The mission of the Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership (CTSRL) is to create a more resilient world through education, research, and service.

Our Work
The key to the success of the Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership is its dual focus on (1) doctoral-level studies of extreme, large-scale, or community trauma events; and on (2) evidence-based education of resilience leaders.  The synergies between the two focus areas for the Center–trauma studies and resilience leadership–has allowed the Center to create new knowledge about effective resilience leadership during significant trauma events:  e.g. the ability to sense-lose and sense-remake effectively; the skills of self-awareness, other-awareness, and systems-awareness; and understanding of the processes of deconstruction, improvisation, and reconstruction. 

Our Approach
Trauma Studies. The first focus of the Center for Trauma Studies and Resilience Leadership is to create a research environment for the collaboration of scholars and practitioners from diverse fields interested in the study of trauma.  Although trauma can include many aspects of human experience, the primary focus of CTSRL is extreme, community, or large-scale trauma in order to inform trauma research and intervention. Research of extreme and community trauma events help inform intervention and practice for less extreme and more individualized trauma experiences. These collaborative efforts produce doctoral-level scholarship and research findings that are disseminated in journals, books, online materials, presentations, and dissertations.

Resilience Leadership. The second focus of CTSRL is to study and train people in the skills and presence of resilience leadership. Resilience leaders have high levels of self-awareness, other-awareness, and awareness of the interplay between self, others, and the systems in which they function. Effective resilience leaders: (1) define resilience as mind, body, and spirit; (2) practice resilience in their personal and professional lives and with those in their community; and (3) are trained in the skills needed to assess, structure, and lead resilient teams, organizations, and communities.

The Center does not seek to create traditional leaders, focused on command, control, and the bottom-line. Instead it seeks to create mindful, compassionate, non-toxic, and hope-based leadership, and to build agile, flexible, and adaptive organizational systems.  The Center achieves its mission of creating a more resilient world by (1) teaching people how to help others be resilient, (2) by distributing resilience leadership to the lowest level of organizations, and (3) by disseminating agile, ethical, and innovative leadership throughout complex systems. The Center is built on altruism in the service of others, rather than opportunism in the service of self.

Center Director: Kari A. O’Grady, Ph.D. kaogrady@loyola.edu

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