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Truth-telling Initiatives for Survivors of Child Abuse (OU-Norman)

October 11, 2023

October 11, 1:15pm – 2:45pm 

OU-Norman, Zarrow Hall (Community Room) 700 Elm Ave., Norman, OK

CEUs available for LCSW and LPC: $15 for 1.5 credit hours

Lunch will be provided, starting at 12:30pm

Sandra White Hawk, Founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation Institute, Director of Healing Programs, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Prof. Sabine Andresen, Head of the Educational Science Department at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main

We are incredibly fortunate to have Sandra White Hawk and Professor Sabine Andresen join us for the 2023 Melton Visiting Professor events. Both have led national efforts to address and facilitate justice and healing for survivors of childhood trauma. Sandra White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. Abused in her adoptive home, Sandra White Hawk has been a national leader in organizing Truth Healing Reconciliation Community Forums to help First Nations people impacted by foster care or adoption return home, reconnect, and reclaim their identity. Professor Andresen led a similar effort in her home country of Germany, but with a different structure. She co-founded German’s Independent Commission for Child Sexual Abuse Issues from a roundtable created after numerous children came forward with horrifying accounts of childhood sexual abuse by trusted adults and institutions. Professor Andresen is now the head of the Educational Science Department at Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. A report in English on the German inquiry can be found here.