University of Missouri-Columbia International Center for Psychosocial Trauma 2014 Humanitarian Award to Dr. Anie Kalayjian

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On Nov 8, 2014, The Advisory Board of the University of Missouri International Center for Psychosocial Trauma (UMICPT) awarded the 2014 Humanitarian Award to Dr. Ani Kalayjian. This award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions throughout his/her professional career to promote the mental health of children and their families. The ICPT board recognized Dr. Kalayjian’s lifelong contribution in the field of mental health and its impact on the lives of children worldwide. UMICPT had selected Dr. Kalayjian from amongst a large number of peers to receive the 19th Annual Humanitarian Award. The was presented during the Humanitarian Award Banquet held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO. Over 200 physicians, scientist, health administrators and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations and academicians gathered with their families to celebrate this occasion. The previous awardees include Charlse Figley, Senator Kit Bond, James Garbrino and Dr. Leila Dane to name a few. The award banquet was preceded by a two day course in Trauma Psychiatry, where Dr Kalayjian gave the featured presentation on transforming trauma around the world.

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Dr. Kalayjian is giving her acceptance remarks and gratitude sharing a poem on Vicarious Trauma.

Good intentions are no longer enough. I wanted to support humanity in my own way. Meaningful World was a natural way for me to help the victims of tsunami.

So many systems have failed us and as we transition from failed models, attitudes and behaviors that are polarizing, destructive and failing all around us I could not just sit back, be overwhelmed and do nothing… I am doing something with Meaningful World.

Meaningful World cultivates well-being, relatedness, a deep awareness and understanding how to elevate some of the world's suffering. Our choices impact all living systems and I choose to be an agent of good.