Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Speaker Bios

Changing the Face of Adoption Conference Keynotes

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Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

September 27th Opening Keynote

Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades.

Patricia Dischler

September 27th Closing Keynote

Patricia Dischler, author of Because I Loved You, is a birthmother, early childhood professional, and nationally recognized professional speaker. Through her books and lectures, Patricia provides information to the adults who make a difference in a child’s life, guiding them in this quest.