Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Currently Gita is applying her extensive experience with groups and with creativity to achieve break-through group dialogues with inheritors of trauma, devastation and loss to help surface the “un-discussables” and to help group participants find meaning in what she calls the “ in-between knowing and not-knowing”. She has found that “re-storying”, inaugurated mourning (as opposed to aberrated mourning) and memory work can best be achieved by tapping into the creative side of the self and by the validation or witnessing and the support that groups in conversation can provide each other. Her paradigm is not about pain and absence but about resilience and presence, while recognizing the presence of absence for inheritors of tragedy.
In 2012, Gita received the Asper Scholarship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to continue her research on 2nd Generation inheritors of trauma. In collaboration with Hebrew University, she will continue to gather their stories in Canada.
Gita is an Associate of the Taos Institute, a member of the Organizational Development Network, the Shoah Committee of Ottawa and the Genealogical Society, USA.
She lives and thrives in Ottawa and often travels and works in Israel. Her 2 children live in Los Angeles and are creatively pursuing their work as writers, researchers, performers, film analysis and production.