Lori Poland is a childhood survivor of a high-profile child abuse case and has since devoted her life and career to ending child abuse and neglect as well as healing its cycles and ripple effects. She has spent her career working in mental health and the nonprofit sector as a therapist for children and families. Lori transitioned from therapy to assume the job of Executive Director for EndCAN, leveraging her background in business management and program development. The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of the health, mental health and public health impacts of abuse. EndCAN focuses on funding research; investing in innovative child abuse prevention and treatment; and supporting survivors.
Lori travels nationally as a motivational speaker talking about possibilities after trauma, becoming a transcender, and the ripple effects of trauma on children and families. Additionally, Lori has consulted within the legal system to advocate for change in the field and to develop greater understanding. During this podcast she talks about her book that will be release on 7/11/2022 and can be found here.
Her book and memoir "I Live Here" will be released soon and can be pre-ordered here. It is an intimate tale of survival, triumph, and empowerment. This inspirational memoir retells what happened during Lori’s four “missing” days, and chronicles her memories of identifying her abuser, facing his imprisonment and release, and tackling people’s sometimes-unpleasant reactions.
The songs picked by all our guests can be found via our playlist #walktalklisten here. Although Lori chose two songs, she was not able to recall the name and title of the second song during our conversation, so therefore I am posting it here. She said to me via email: The singer Lee Ann Womack released a song called "I hope you dance" (MB: already added to the playlist). "I love this song and I choose it because it talks about both hope and grit at once. About humility and our ability to stumble in our humanness, as well as embark on love for support of those around us. The fight and willingness to keep going and to have fun (dancing) while doing all of the hard." ❤
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