Apr 10, 2023

Acclaimed author and therapist Aundi Kolber to visit Dordt University on April 20

Aundi Kolber, author of the critically acclaimed book Try Softer and a licensed professional counselor, will give a talk at Dordt University on April 20 at 4 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center.

This event will be held in SB 1606 and is open to the public.

Kolber specializes in trauma-centered and body-centered therapies and is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology. Her latest book, Strong Like Water, offers a framework for true flourishing. She regularly speaks at national and regional events and has appeared on podcast such as The Lazy Genius with Kendra Adachi, Typology, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, and The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman. As a survivor of trauma, Kolber brings hard-won knowledge about the work of change, the power of redemption, and the beauty of experiencing God with us in our pain.

“Her message will be helpful and applicable to people who are trying to better understand themselves and also those trying to help others who have had a difficult life story,” says Dr. Erin Olson, professor of social work and social work program chair. “Her message will help anyone who attends to learn more about how to ‘love your neighbor’ by being softer both with others and ourselves.”

Dr. Tara Boer, associate professor of social work, says that Christian social workers, mental health professionals, and anyone in helping settings are increasingly becoming interested in learning how to assess, understand, and intervene in faith-informed and evidence-based ways. “Aundi does a wonderful job of navigating the neurobiological discussion of human development, relationships, and God’s intent for flourishing,” she says. “She communicates in deep and meaningful ways, allowing her audience to apply this knowledge to their professional practice and personal experiences.”

Olson says that the way Kolber writes and speaks is accessible to all people, not just therapists or helpers. “Her entire message is one of helping others be easier on themselves and each other. We’re often told to ‘try harder’ or to ‘be the strong one,’ which can lead to exhaustion, burnout, and disconnection. As a trauma survivor, Aundi invites us to ‘try softer’ and asks us to balance our strength with gentleness and our boldness with softness.”

About Dordt University

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Times Higher Education, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.

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