Debra Puglisi Sharp, who survived a brutal rape and kidnapping, will headline a conference sponsored by the Delaware Hospice’s Family Support Center on Friday.
Puglisi, who wrote a book about her ordeal and has spoken about it around the country, will tell attendees how she “turned her greatest trauma into her greatest triumph,” organizers say.
In 1998, a man broke into Puglisi’s Newark-area home, killed her husband, and then raped and kidnapped her. She was held captive for five days before she managed to escape from being hog-tied and dial 911.
Also featured at the conference will be Dr. Judith Pierson, a licensed clinical psychologist. Pierson will draws from her experience as a bereavement and trauma therapist to discuss the impact of trauma on the individual and provide intervention strategies to assist clients with coping.
The conference, “Rising from the Ashes: from Trauma to Triumph,” is set for 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday at the Executive Banquet and Conference Center, located at 205 Executive Drive, south of Newark
Tickets are $99 or $75 for students and include breakfast and lunch. The deadline for registration is Wednesday.