William Spear President, Fortunate Blessings Foundation

William Spear, a life-long teacher whose clarity, humor and insight inspire thousands of families who face serious illness, draws from more than four decades as an educator after in-depth training with Michio Kushi, the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center and Sogyal Rinpoche. Through the Fortunate Blessings Foundation, he works regularly with hospice volunteers and health care professionals who seek holistic strategies to overcome trauma. In the immediate response to the 2004 tsunami disaster in South East Asia, Spear created Second Response and led a team of mental health professionals to assist orphaned and traumatized children in Sri Lanka. In 2006 in Java and again in 2009 in Samoa, Spear and his team trained hundreds of medical students, doctors and clergy in response to natural disasters in those countries. In 2011, Spear traveled to Japan twice, in May and October, to care for traumatized children and train parents, volunteers and caregivers to continue his work. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, he met with FEMA officials, policy makers, child protective services, community organizers, relief workers and CERT teams to implement training programs designed to prevent P.T.S.D. after disasters. Second Response dispatched a team to the Philippines in 2013 where they distributed the booklet "Care for Caregivers: Helping Children Work Through Trauma" which is available for download free-of-charge from the Fortunate Blessings Foundation website.

William Spear is also the best-selling author of the revised edition of Feng Shui Made Easy, a featured contributor to Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World and is the author of the upcoming Recovering Original Ability. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut and lectures all over the world.

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