Lisa is a special clinical consultant to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Working with survivors of victims of homicide, Lisa serves as a Trauma Advocate bridging between agencies and those they are meant to serve by nurturing a trauma-informed approach. Lisa works at the individual level but identifies policy issues which arise from these interactions. She works closely with agencies and public officials to ameliorate the barriers to care for survivors.
Lisa Fliegel has trained practitioners in the USA, Anguilla, Israel, Palestine and Belfast, Northern Ireland. She facilitates experiential workshops and conducts symposiums on how to create a trauma-informed system of care. Lisa has trained first responders, law-enforcement officers, youth-workers, clinicians, and university faculty and students; at conferences and at community-based programs.
Examples include “Trauma Begets Violence,” a highly regarded presentation at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s conference on gang violence, that provided insights into the roots of violence, and “Welcome to Peaceville,” an interactive exhibit at the Massachusetts State House that demonstrated the use of the arts in working with sibling survivors of victims of homicide.
Lisa’s training programs and consultations highlight community-based intervention for children and families affected by trauma. She demonstrates a holistic, asset-building approach to clinical work with survivors of trauma, emphasizing how to streamline communication between service providers to maximize existing resources — and bring new ones to the table. She is available to answer a wide range of client needs in multiple domains. The hallmark of Lisa’s work is her ability to tailor workshops and consultations to each client’s circumstances, areas of interest, strengths and clinical needs.
Through her consultancy, In Real Time Consultants (IRTC), Lisa supports juveniles affected by community violence, and strengthens public representation with trauma-informed advocacy. IRTC coordinates services to mitigate multi-generational trauma-fueling poverty, school failure, and delinquency.
IRTC supports legal defense by unraveling compelling psycho-social motivations and highlighting the specific everyday challenges facing the client at school, home and in the community. IRTC opens legal windows of opportunity to assess unmet needs, implement services, and advocate for resources. IRTC stems the School to Prison Pipeline and the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline to appropriate provisions of care. IRTC presents a holistic view of an arrest, a young person’s history and comprehensive needs, family disposition or pre-arrest affiliations, and maximizing the opportunity to secure positive health outcomes, academic remediation, and lasting peace in urban neighborhoods.
IRTC assists Juvenile Bar Advocates and community institutions by identifying, assessing and relaying information at any phase of a delinquency matter or juvenile’s arrest. Specific functions include identifying youth with truancy or school discipline issues, assessing the link between school difficulties and exposure to trauma and violence; mapping existing supports and strengths; risk assessment; identification of potential resources and eligibility for services; and family assessment.
IRTC promotes compliance with Rosie D. vs. Romney, integrating clinical considerations with juvenile court process and post-arrest stabilization. IRTC deploys quickly and identifies standard of care violations that demonize young people. IRTC creates a positive alliance that prioritizes the well-being of children and families, remediates impairments in service standards; and coordinates between schools, families, housing agencies, street-workers, community-based organizations, law enforcement and community health resources.
Lisa continues to work in partnership with the Israel Trauma Coalition.
Lisa is an experienced clinical supervisor. She is licensed to supervise LMHC’s and Art Therapists.
Lisa has been a technical assistance consultant for the Boston Capacity Tank of the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA). She can provide consultation on a broad range of topics from clinical case-conferencing, trauma-informed mediation and peace-making, gender specific programming, how to provide arts-based interventions and youth development strategies.
Prior to her return to the USA in 1995, Lisa lived on Kibbutz Ketura, on Israel’s southern tip. In addition to her clinical work there, she was active in the movement for peace and human rights.
Lisa continued that work in Boston as she encountered challenges to ending youth violence, relying on those same pillars of advocacy and reconciliation to mitigate the impact of trauma on children and their families.