Nancy Bauser



Nancy Bauser survived a head-on collision in which she sustained a severe brain-stem injury while she was a senior at the University of Michigan in 1971. After rehabilitating and recovering for only nine months, she chose to return school and complete her undergraduate education.

Life was not easy for Nancy.
“After being fired from two hospital social work positions in alcohol treatment for reasons I never understood, I got on Social Security Disability.  Just because I was now considered 100% disabled by the federal government, I did not quit trying to attain goals.  I did what I could and I earned multiple professional credentials. “

Nancy received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in social work, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. In 1984, Nancy was admitted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers, A.C.S.W. After working as a peer counselor for out-patient mental health & substance abuse clinics, Nancy developed a 24 week format for teaching acceptance of injury, disability or illness, in 2000.

As a Trauma Recovery Expert, Disability Life Coach & Head Injured Survivor, Nancy provides not only coaching, modeling and on-going support services to survivors of catastrophic loss and those who care about them, but she also brings her expertise as a professional speaker to organizations who hire speakers.  Nancy teaches, models and coaches by example.  As a speaker, she shares her over 40 years of experience, recovering from a severe brain stem injury and encourages audiences to become resilient survivors instead of victims, to invest their time in constructive action and to plan strategies they can use to overcome obstacles, whatever they might be. 

Her book is called Acceptance Groups for Survivors, A Guide for Facilitators and first editions are available from her web site. In 2004, Nancy obtained recognition from The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, with a Board Certification in Disability Trauma. In 2008, Nancy did two things. She became a member of the National Center for Crisis Management and chose to re-publish her book so she could display her new credentials and change the color of the cover. In Recognition of Perseverance, Determination and Never-Quit Spirit, Nancy was named a 2009 Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame Semifinalist. From the International Association of Business Leaders, Nancy was presented with a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. Nancy also was selected as a recipient of the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns’ 2010 Certificate of Appreciation. Nancy combines lessons she has learned as a nearly 40 year survivor of a catastrophe, with her social work education and training as a Disability Life Coach, to provide modeling, motivation and support coaching services to those who have experienced trauma and those who support them.

Nancy is still learning and growing, still working for those who she feels need her help.

Some works by Nancy..

Short Signature Story
Moving from Catastrophe to Progress
Accept, Thrive & Survive


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