Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. epowerandassociates.com, is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, teacher, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The EPower Change Institute and The Trauma Informed Academy.
"All I do is help people with change, resilience and self-care, and alignment. 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 akin to 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(r) by Primary Care Providers in their clinical settings.
When organizations and associations book her as a speaker, it’s most often for motivation, to help people make and adapt to change, 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 trauma-informed thinking.
“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.
Vanderbilt University, Peabody School of Education, Nashville, TN 1997, M.Ed. in Human Resources Development, Emphasis on Organization Development and Systems Thinking
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC 1977 B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies Thesis: “The History and Development of Religious Communities in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States”
Member, Chancellor’s Committee on Disabilities
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1971 High School Diploma, Writing
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.
Saturn Corporation Workplace Development Center 40 hour Course (Presenting these 3– Continuous Improvement and Change, Teamwork, and Personal Commitment–weekly to 75-100 people March through June 1993)
UCAR Carbon, Cleveland OH, Task Analysis TrainingSaturn Corporation: Working with Persons with Disabilities
Governor Ann Richards’ Invitational Conference on Quality in Education, Houston, TX Facilitation Outcomes Team
Saturn Corporation (Supplier Quality Group)
International Congress on Christian Counseling, Atlanta GA (Lectures) MPD & Scripture: Enhancing Healing; Change: The Challenge of Christian Living
WWAY-TV Wilmington, NC, Special with Stephanie Loftis
Faith Daniels: A Closer Look, Guest NBC Talk show
Montel Williams: Guest, Talk show
UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry, Child Maltreatment Program; Conversations: Children and MPD
International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality, Staff & Community Ed.: More Than Survival: A Look at Multiple Personality DisorderDorothea Dix State Hospital, Raleigh, NC (Lecture)Treatment Issues in MPD In Service: Continuous Quality Improvement
N.C. Child Protective Services Workers, Raleigh, NC (Lecture)Dissociation and Your Clients
Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital, Johnson City, TN (Training) New paradigms in Multiplicity
Victory Center, Johnson City, TN, Consumers: Coping with Change–Mental Wellness
Watauga Mental Health Center, Johnson City, TN Improving Mental Health or Curing Mental Illness?
Highland Hospital, Asheville, NC; (Training): Grand rounds lecture; In Service for DDU Staff; Community Ed
Over 50 radio shows as a guest discussing dissociative disorders
Guest, AM Philadelphia on Differences Between Fact and Feeling”
Local Woman Social Activist,” Lenoir News Topic, Lenoir NC
National Space Society
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
International Women’s Writing Guild
American Society for Training and Development
2004 ISSD President’s Award
2001 Exult Thought Leadership Award
1996 Who’s Who in the World
1995 Who’s Who in the South
1995 ISSD Media Award
1995 “Hot 25 Speaker to Watch In America”
1992 Who’s Who in Communications
1992 Leadership Excellence in Communication, Saturn
1978 Letter of commendation, NC Governor’s Office, for Primary Prevention Conference
1978 Outstanding Volunteerism, Burke County, NC
1970-71 James G.K. McClure Scholar
Trauma-Informed Medical Care: Patient Response to a Primary Care Provider Communication Training. Family Medicine, vol. 47 #1, January 2015. Bonnie L. Green, Pamela A. Saunders, Elizabeth Power, Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Kavitha Bhat Schelbert, Esther Giller, Larry Wissow, Alejandra Hurtado-de-Mendoza, & Mihriye Mete
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
How to Get Happier–and why you should try to, Big Happy Press, 2009.
Coping with Change: A Human Resources Primer, ”The Nonprofit Management Handbook,” ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 2001
Emergent Technology and the NPO, ”The Nonprofit Management Handbook,” ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1999
Welcoming the Stranger: Diversity and the NPO, ”The Nonprofit Management Handbook,” ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1998
To Welcome the Stranger, Links, UMCOM, 1997
Facilitator’s Guide for the Diversity Opportunity Tool, Power, Elizabeth and Clayton-Pedersen, Alma, Ph.D., Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, 1996