Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc., is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The Trauma Informed Academy®.
"All we do is help people with change, resilience, and self-care, and learning to live trauma responsively. And everything is done from the trauma-informed perspective," she says. "Even courses directly about working with trauma are about change.
Power develops cross-cultural adaptations of models of care for the mental health community as well as helping other countries, like Japan, develop their own models. The Trauma Informed Academy® recently released her new model, the Trauma Responsive System, which focuses on mastering 9 elements closely aligned with applied emotional intelligence.
She was recently published as third author of an article in Family Medicine about the outcomes of the NIMH research project assessing the effectiveness of the use of the core principles of Risking Connection® by Primary Care Providers in their clinical settings.
When organizations and associations book her as a speaker, it's most often to help people make and adapt to change, think differently about trauma and creating healing environments, or to tell her own story of hope and healing. Conferences love her for her interactive virtual presentations on change, resilience and self-care, and connecting trauma-informed thinking to their worlds.
"Sharper than a number two pencil, and funnier than a six pack of funny bones on go-juice," was one audience member's response. When you need a speaker with humor, depth, wisdom and motivation, she's the one."
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Greensboro, United States, 1971-77, BA,
SociologyGraduate Education: Vanderbilt, Nashville, United States, 1995-97, MEd, Human Resources Development
Education for Ministry
Time to Teach Classroom Management
Risking Connection, Facilitator, Sidran Institute
E-Learning Specialist, ASTD
Six Sigma Black Belt, Catalyst Consulting
Relational Cultural Theory, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute
Interactive Teaching Skills, General Motors Corporation
Pro-Trainer Instructional Design Skills, General Motors Corporation
Job Aids Development General Motors Corporation
Accomplishment Based Training Certification, Sterling Corp.
Self-Directed Coaching Certification, Sterling Corp.
Fulbright Specialist, Trauma Informed Academy
Adjunct Instructor, Physiatry, Georgetown University Medical School, Washington DC 3 years
Founding Director, The Trauma Informed Academy, Nashville TN United States 3 years
CEO, EPower & Associates, Inc, Nashville TN United States. 35 years
Original Papers in Refereed Journals
Green, B. L., Saunders, P. A., Power, E., Dass-Brailsford, P., Bhat Schelbert, P., Giller, E., Wissow, L., Hurtado-de-Mendoza, A., & Mete, M. (2016). Trauma-Informed Medical Care: Patient response to a primary care provider communication training. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21, 147-159.
Green, B.L., Saunders, P.A., Power, E., Dass-Brailsford, P., Bhat Schelbert, K., Giller, E., Wissow, L., Hurtado-de-Mendoza, A., Mete, M. (2015). Trauma-Informed Medical Care: A CME communication training for primary care providers. Family Medicine, 47, 7-14.
Power E. Organizations, disability and shame: A qualitative application of TQM. Journal of Management Science and Policy Analysis, June 1991. Refereed
Power, E. The Way to Excellence, Association of Quality and Participation, 1990. Refereed.
Reviews or Editorials in Referred Journals
Power E. Enough! Enough! Society of Human Resources Magazine, March 1999.
Books or Chapters in Books (indicate if refereed)
Power, E. Healer: Reducing Crises. A trauma-informed guide to coping during chaos and after trauma. EPower & Associates, Inc. 2021.
Power, E. How to Get Happier—and why you should try to, EPower & Associates, 2009.
Power E. Organizational and Programmatic Benefits from Adversity: Comprehending the Centrality of the Role of Adverse Experiences in and on the NPO and Its Programs. The Volunteer Management Handbook, ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, by the Child Sexual Abuse Task Force with Elizabeth Power, M.Ed. How to Implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 2004 version 2.
Power E. Coping with Change: A Human Resources Primer. The Nonprofit Management Handbook, ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
Power E. Emergent Technology and the NPO. The Nonprofit Management Handbook, ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
Power E. Welcoming the Stranger: Diversity and the NPO. The Nonprofit Management Handbook, ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
Power E. Clayton-Pederson, A. Facilitator's Guide for the Diversity Opportunity Tool. Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, 1996.
Power E. Basic TQM Skills and the Management of Multiple Personality Disorder, Readings In TQM, ed Harry Costin, Ph.D., Dryden Press, 1994.
Power E. Leadership & Values, The Nonprofit Management Handbook, ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
Power, E. Simons, G. The Abilities Deck, Diversophy, Multus, Inc. San Mateo, CA 1995 (corporate game)
The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence for Law Enforcement, Advocates, Mental Health Professionals and Prosecutors, Instructional Designer / SME / Facilitator, Justice Resource Institute, Boston, MA, Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
Improving Communication between Primary Care Providers and Their Trauma Patients. Co-Investigator. B.L. Green, PI. R34 MH079970, 9-08 - 6-12; National Institute of Mental Health.
Transformation to Trauma-Informed Care, Sole Provider of Training, King County Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.
(upcoming) Invited, Supporting Sturdiness in Youth, Virtual, AHS, February 2024
(upcoming) Invited, Barriers and Bridges to Providing Trauma Informed Medical Care, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, Atlanta GA, Feb 2024
(upcoming) Invited, Creating Trauma Responsive Communities, TNRHA, Knoxville TN, November 2023
Invited, The role of Emotional Intelligence skills in addressing trauma and reducing the risk of substance abuse, MN Prevention Program, MN, October 2023
Invited, Five Core Skills that reduce the time, trauma, and costs of healing, BenchmarksNC, Cherokee NC October 2023
Invited, Trauma-Informed Medical Care: The What's and Whys, TNPA, Gatlinburg TN October 2023
Invited, Resilience and Self-Care, Day-7, Nashville TN, October 2022
Invited, Hope and Healing in Community Trauma, MHeath Fairview, Minneapolis MN, October 2022
Invited, Safe Space for Healing, Vivent Health Care, Milwaukee WI, 2022
Invited, the Three Magic Questions, Together We Can, Baton Rouge, LA, September 2021
Invited, Elastic Emotions and Inner Connections, Healing Together, Orlando FL, February 2020
Invited, Trauma-Responsive Education, Catholic Schools of Miami, Miama FL, October 2019
Invited, What’s Next After #MeToo, IVAT, 15PthP Hawaii Summit, Honlulu HI, April 2019
Invited, Active Skills for Self-Directed Trauma-Responsive Healing
Invited, TI-Med, Mukagawa Women’s University / Kurume University, Japan, October 2018 and March 2019
Invited, Plenary Panel on Organizational Self-Care, IVAT 14PthP Hawaii Summit, Honolulu HI, March 2017
Invited Workshop, Trauma-Informed Customer Service, National Indian Native American WIC Conference, Durant OK March 2017
Keynote, Healing Together, an educational and support conference on Dissociative Identity Disorder, sponsored by an Infinite Mind, Orlando, February 2017
Plenary address, Indian Health Services National Behavioral Health Conference, Portland OR, August 2016
Invited Workshop, Southwest Behavioral Health School, Seven principles of Trauma Informed Care: Making Whole the People, Tucson AZ, August 2016
Invited Workshop, Women’s International Creativity and Innovation Conference,46T Henley Business School, Pretoria, Guateng South Africa, October 2016
Invited Workshop, Increasing Classroom Management and Time to Teach: Yes You Can!, African Creativity Conference (ACRE) 11/ Education, Bela-Bela Limpopo South Africa, October 2016
Invited Workshop, Self-Care: The Heart of Helping, ACRE 22 Business Conference, Bela-Bela Limpopo South Africa, October 2016
Invited Workshop, Seven tools for Fostering Positive Classroom Chaos and Learning, ACRE 10 Education Conference, Bela-Bela Limpopo South Africa, October 2015
Invited Workshop, How Trauma Crushes Creativity—and how educators can help restore it,, ACRE 10 Education Conference, Bela-Bela Limpopo South Africa, October 2015
Invited Workshop, Beyond Flow to Fluid: Creativity in Business, ACRE 21 Business Conference, Bela-Bela, Limpopo South Africa, October 2015
Invited Webinar, National Partnership for Community Training: Expanding the Network of Care for Survivors of Torture, Miami FL 2015
Keynote, Relational Healing Conference. Resources for Human Development/Creating Increased Connections. Ambler PA, November 2013
Invited Workshop, Relational Healing, sponsored by Resources for Human Development /Creating Increased Connections, Ambler PA, November 2013
Invited Workshop, Mississippi Interfaith Disaster Task Force, Gulfport MS March 2013
Master Class, Humanistic Psychology Program, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez Mexico/Pan American Health Organization, November 2011
Invited Workshop, National Federation of Women Legislators, Santa Ana Pueblo, September 2009
The Sacredness of Trauma, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Franklin TN
Amplifying Resilience through Self-Care, Nashville TN
Elastic Emotions and Inner Connections, Healing Together Conference, Orlando FL
The Sacredness of Trauma, M Health Fairview, Minneapolis MN
Master Change to Master Trauma, Women’s Wisdom Group, Nashville TN
Resilience and Self-Care, Vivant Health, Milwaukee, WI
Trauma-Responsive Teaching, FACTS Education, Miami FL
Trauma-Informed Congregational Care Project, Fairview Health / Stairstep Foundation, Minneapolis
Consultation on the development of a Japanese National Model of Trauma-Informed Care, Osaka, Japan
Trauma-Informed Care, Aids Resource Council of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Trauma-Informed Congregational Care project, Chicago Public Health / Advocate Health
NoBully Curriculum Delivery in five high schools, NoBully.org, Pueblo CO
Organizational Leadership in Managing Vicarious Trauma, Invited Panelist, IVAT Conference, Honolulu, HI
TI-Med, Henry J. Austin Healthcare Center, Trenton NJ
Risking Connection Train the Trainer, ReStart, Kansas City
Risking Connection Train the Trainer3, Newhouse / City Union Mission, Kansas City
Risking Connection, Ocean County DHS
Risking Connection, Salisbury Behavioral Health, Pottstown PA
Creating Trauma Informed Communities, public speech, Moncton, New Brunswick, CA
Risking Connection, Salvus Clinic, Moncton, New Brunswick CA
Applied Leadership: Making and Managing Change, NexTulsa United Way Leadership Program, Tulsa OK
Risking Connection, Newhouse / City Union Mission, Kansas City, MO
Risking Connection, UTSA Teen Health, UTSA Health Sciences, San Antonio TX
Risking Connection, Ocean County NJ
Risking Connection, Indian Health Services Shiprock Unit, Shiprock NM
The role of trauma informed processes in working with torture survivors, Gulf Coast Family Services, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Trauma, Spirituality & Faith: The Interplay as Survivors Risk Connection and Recover, Webinar
Risking Connection, Indian Health Services, Shiprock, NM
Risking Connection, Safe Horizons, Brooklyn NY
Risking Connection, ReDiscover CMHC, Lee’s Summit, MO
Project Management for Non-Project Managers, United Way, Philadelphia
Risking Connection, ReStart, Kansas City, KS
Risking Connection, Hale Kipa, Honolulu and Hilo HI
Relational Healing, 46TUniversidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Juarez Mexico
El diario Mexico, interview on community violence from Juarez
Telemundo, interview on community violence from Juarez
Risking Connection, Crossroads Treatment Center, Pueblo CO
Trauma-Informed Care through the Cultural Lens, Ko’olau HI
Risking Connection, Canadien Training Institute, Toronto, CA
Strategic Planning, United Way Worldwide Conference, Washington DC
TEACHING, MENTORING, AND ADVISING
Teaching Activities / Higher Education
2018-present Adjunct Instructor, Psychiatry, Georgetown University medical Center, Washington DC. Teaching TI-Med, Trauma-Informed Medical Care.
1995-1997 Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University, Peabody School of Education, Nashville TN
Consultations (Primary Business), partial (mental and behavioral health)
KVC of WV, 2017—Work with KVC staff and gathered team on architecture for a community of former foster youth for education, living space, community support.
NoBully.org, 2017—trainer in Colorado Department of Education grant project providing evidence-based structured curriculum and support for assigned high schools to reduce bullying
Jewish Family Services of Detroit, 2016-2017—Consultant in Instructional Design / Education and Subject Matter Expert in trauma-informed care to develop training for those who are caregivers to survivors of the Holocaust.
Justice Resource Institute, 2016-2017—Consultant in Instructional Design / Education and Subject Matter Expert for Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime grant to develop training on the neurobiology of sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
United Way Worldwide, 2013-2016—Facilitate programs including Strategic Planning, Influencers®, Change Management, Project Management, and Leadership Bootcamp in local United Ways and at Community Leadership/Staff Leadership Conferences. Leadership Development consultant project for UW-National Capitol Area; worked on Knowledge Management project in the development of UWW taxonomy for their intranet.
Ku Aloha Ola Mau, Honolulu/Hilo HI 2010-present—Supported opiate addiction treatment program based on Hawaiian traditional values in capacity building, process improvement, and staff development. Supported integration of traditional values with trauma-responsivity. Recidivism rate under 15% across 5 years.
King County, Washington, 2010-2015—Sole source provider of intervention for five year SAMSHA Transformation to Trauma-Informed Care to implement Risking Connection® and provide consulting services in evaluation, process, and adoption. Outcomes for service providers and for service recipients will be assessed. Includes facilitation of program and consults.
Facilitation of Risking Connection® and varying degrees of support for implementing trauma-informed care, 2008-present, partial list— Shiprock IHS, Newhouse Shelter, City Union Mission, Ku Aloha Ola Mau, ReDiscovery, reStart, Hope House, CAPA, Rosebrooks, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Hale Kipa, Salvation Army Women’s Treatment Program, Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital, KY; US Attorney General’s Office; Maui Memorial Medical Center, HI; The Queen’s Hospital, Honolulu, HI; Boys and Girls Village, CT; Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin, TX; St. PJ’s Children’s Home, San Antonio, TX; Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health, New York, NY; MD Crime Compensation Board and more.
Sidran Institute 2007-12—Process and operations consultant in the expansion of Sidran’s flagship relationally based trauma informed care model, Risking Connection® for replication, evaluation and measurement across multiple contexts. This included the design and development of infrastructure, processes, and materials. Provided Instructional and organizational design, train the trainer and evaluation services, and delivered contract ILT. Create online learning with partner, Toolwire, to convert Risking Connection® to robust e-learning.
Athena Healthsphere 2006-2008 —Provided business development services, crafted HR and policy manuals, supported CEO and President in program creation.
Hillside Family Work-Scholarship Program 2005-2007 –Consulted in program design, replication, commercialization, evaluation and evidence-based instructional design for award winning youth development program.
National Center for PTSD 2005-2006— consulted as Subject Matter Expert in implementation manual for portions of Federal Disaster Mental Health services; initial strategic planning for implementation.
Children's Institute/Los Angeles 2004-2016—Co-author of integrated mind-body curriculum for children and mothers in the domestic violence shelter environment. Delivered pilot training and consulted on replication strategy. Update: 2010 Contracted to deliver multiple times yearlyas part of grant to CI. Update 2016: Renew replication manual
Domestic Violence Mental Health Policy Institute 2004-2005 – Organizational consultant (including training and development) for startup of project serving both mental health providers and domestic violence shelters; Facilitated core team meetings in support of needs analysis and process design.
North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center 2003-2004 — provided services in curriculum development for implementation and training manual for evidence-based treatment Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents living with Chronic Trauma (SPARCS) for an National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant. Provided pilot delivery services, train the trainer and supported implementation planning for marketing processes.
Premier Health Care 2002 –organization development consulting on training infrastructure, talent development, risk/reward, knowledge retention, identification of career growth and development processes.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network 2000-2004—worked on multiple projects including the development of criteria for selecting and implementing different trauma treatments at Duke University. Supported documentation of programs for replication such as TF-CBT and PCIT at University of Cincinnati.
East Tennessee Technology Access Center 1994 --pre-accreditation audit for CARF, strategic planning and process improvement--and many others. Provided strategic planning services to help organization develop sustainable future.
Deloitte Consulting Services 2007-08—Instructional design and pilot to hand off ILT courses for analysts providing support on internal software applications, as well as SAP, and the development of a proprietary problem solving model. Approved vendor.
The Power Academy 2004-2005—SME in planning for conceptualization, technical development and implementation for online learning academy branch of J.D. Power and Associates, including development of metadata dictionary and reusable learning object processes. For dealership academy online.
J.D. Power and Associates 2003—Redesign call center certification process to increase focus on process quality, legal defensibility, parity. Assess call centers for certification.
Exult 2001-2002—Create training function for new HR BPO start-up serving Bank of America; support Siebel project for call center; develop training for straight cutover from bank call center to outsourced call center; develop and implement account services training; support contact center handling 9/11 calls for clients. Responsible for all planning for the training function as related to account services.
J.D. Power and Associates 1999-2005—Consultant to Education Department for design and as needed delivery of programs for e-commerce for Toyota, Mitsubishi and others; part of design and rollout team for Ford Blue Oval and consultant on other automotive projects.
Call Center Industry Advisory Council 1998-2008—construct job descriptions and process analysis for not for profit developing industry-wide standards. Review of online courses against standards and for applicability.
General Motors’ Saturn Corporation 1988-1998—Instructional design of over 250 projects in social, technical, and systems skills utilizing Instructional Systems Design process; organization develop consulting in team development, technology projects, diversity issues, and disability issues; training provision for services sold to GM of Europe, GM of Canada, and external clients, including local dealerships. Developed and delivered customer service and customer-loyalty building programs in the US and Canada.
Call Center University 1997-1998—manage instructional design function for corporate university, including contracts, vendors, and scheduling.
Current Projects in Development
The Trauma Informed Academy, www.thetraumainformedacademy.com, an online and blended learning project offering courses related to all things Trauma Informed. Current courses focus on exploring definitions of TIC, its evolution, changes that occur with the implementation of TIC, where being Trauma-Informed is helpful and why.
Current iterations of the courses are upgraded from text-only as time and revenue permit. We are consolidating a number of trauma-informed care related websites and redesigning our corporate website to reflect changes in direction as well. Our clients have expressed a growing interest in online learning and in self-directed courses, which we are working to meet.
Volunteer, Community Resource Center, Nashville TN 2016-2018
Volunteer consultant to the Board, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, 1992-1996
Volunteer, Women’s Resource Center, Hickory NC 2001-2002
Volunteer, Yokefellow Services, Lenoir NC 2000-2002
HONORS AND AWARDS
President’s Award, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, 1995
Media Award, International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality Disorder, 1992
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
American Society for Training and Development, 1992-present
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1992-2002 (approximate)
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 1994-2004 (approximate)
American Psychological Association Division 56, 2013-2021
Academy of Violence and Abuse, 206-2021