My name is Dr. Stephanie Arel. I am a trauma consultant and educator dedicated to fostering growth through self-reflection. I believe that training individuals to understand how personal responses to situations can be modulated leads to stronger interpersonal bonds and builds community.
I am currently an Instructor at Fordham University. I hold an Integrative Trauma Certificate, a training in trauma modalities for clinical treatment, from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York, NY and a Certificate in Training for Compassion Fatigue. I have taught courses on human development, trauma, death and dying, violence against women, and faith and critical reason.
My work explores the different ways that people respond to trauma whether they experience trauma firsthand or as a witness. I am the author of Affect Theory, Shame, and Christian Formation as well as co-editor of Post-Traumatic Public Theology. I am currently editing a volume on human dignity and writing a second monograph on the effects of bearing witness to traumatic content on those who work in the field of memorialization.
I am a trained consultant for both mental and physical trauma. My books and projects revolve around topics related to these.
In 2016, Palgrave Macmillan published Affect Theory, Shame, and Christian Formation, which I am the author of. I am also a coeditor of Post-Traumatic Public Theology.
I work with institutions all around the world that are established out of trauma, such as memorials and museums that involve mass trauma. To help trainees understand the dynamics of what happens to people every day, I hold training and public speaking events.
For more information, feel free to reach out to me. I am looking forward to hearing from you!