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Laura L. Sanders

LEO Lecturer II

Laura L. Sanders

With a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Laura Sanders has been an adjunct instructor in U of M's graduate program since 1996. She provides contractual and private therapy, consultation, training, supervision, and expert witness testimony in the areas of sexual abuse and other trauma, attachment and adoption, and issues of gender and sexuality. She finds effective therapy to be eclectic in nature, grounded in a combination of evidence-based approaches and enhanced by creative and relational interventions designed to address the needs of individual clients and families. Advocacy and community activism are fundamental to her role as a clinical social worker and integrated into all of her work. Most recently she is the co-founder of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, an all-volunteer organization that responds to needs of families and communities targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, detainments and deportations. Her presentation style is dynamic, including many case examples and experiential activities that invite participation.

Education

Year Degree   School
1988 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1982 BA Women's Studies and Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Year Description
2014 Cuddy, C., Stevanovic, S., Delva, J., Lopez, W., Horner, P., Sanders, L., & Martinez, R. (2014, April). Threat of family separation, stress, trauma, and PTSD symptoms in undocumented youth. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2014 Horner, P., Delva, J., Martinez, R., Sanders, L., & Cortez, P. (2014, January). The impact of deportation on children and adolescents development. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research, San Antonio, TX.
2005 Sanders, L. (2005). Navigating adolescents: Identifying and responding to risky behavior. Presented at the LGBT Parenting Conference.
1995 Sanders, L. (1995). Recovering the wounded self: Understanding the recovery process from child sexual abuse and the use of creative interventions. Presented at Loyola Law School, Chicago, IL.
1995 Sanders, L. (1995). Recovering the wounded self: Understanding the recovery process from child sexual abuse and the use of creative interventions. Presented at the Lutheran Child and Family Services, Bay City, MI.
1995 Sanders, L. (1995). Recovering the wounded self: Understanding the recovery process from child sexual abuse and the use of creative interventions. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
1994 Sanders, L. (1994). Addressing diversity in therapy. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
1994 Sanders, L. (1994). Case presentation on adolescent group work with teen victims of sexual abuse. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
1993 Sanders, L. (1993). Disclosure of sexual abuse: Four phases. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
1992 Sanders, L. (1992). Case presentation on treatment with a child victim of sexual abuse. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
1991 Sanders, L. (1991). Working with families of sexual abuse. Presented at Sienna Heights College, Adrian, MI.
1991 Sanders, L. (1991). The changing family. Presented at Adrian College, Adrian, MI.

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