Partnerships & Collaborations

Joyful Heart collaborates with partner organizations serving our survivor community who are taking strides to address vicarious trauma. Offerings that Joyful Heart has provided to program partners in the past include: 

  • Educational presentations
  • Expert consultation on vicarious trauma
  • Resources and educational materials 
  • Scholarships for events or conferences aimed at education on vicarious trauma 

In addition to the full programs offered through Transforming Trauma workshops and in-office wellness sessions, Joyful Heart has been honored to expand the reach of our Heal the Healers work through these partnerships and collaborations:

  • With the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Joyful Heart has been collaborating with the LA County Department of Mental Health to support their efforts in designing and planning an initiative to address vicarious trauma and burnout with their staff.
  • With the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). Joyful Heart hosted a Wellness Room at the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference, hosted by CALCASA. This quiet room—with serene music, calming aromas, chair massages, art supplies, journals, resources on healing from trauma and vicarious trauma—gave attendees full permission to take a break from taking in conference content, which could be overwhelming. Several trauma and vicarious trauma-informed clinicians were also available for additional support.

  • With the Hawai‘i State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (HSCADV). At the 2013 HSCADV annual conference, our Hawai‘i staff led a presentation on vicarious trauma and offered a wellness workshop for over 220 participants, including therapists, advocates, police officers and state workers.
  • With the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH). Joyful Heart collaborated with the Trauma Stewardship Institute by providing scholarships for NDVH staff members to attend Laura van Dernoot Lipsky's day-long training on trauma exposure response. Joyful Heart also provided the Hotline staff with consultation on addressing vicarious trauma and promoting wellness at the organization.

  • With Children’s Institute, Inc (CII). Children’s Institute, Inc. recently held the first-ever national conference on vicarious trauma. Attended by over 400 healing professionals from across the country, Joyful Heart staff distributed Heal the Healers materials and issues of our magazine, Reunion, at the event. We were also grateful to bring in yoga practitioner, Kyra Sudofsky, who led participants in movement, mindfulness and mood management exercises which could be implemented in the workplace.
  • With the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV). Joyful Heart provided scholarships for CPEDV staff to attend workshops held by the Trauma Stewardship Institute in Redding, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego. The vast majority of attendees reported feeling ready to implement changes to promote wellness in both their personal and professional lives as a result of attending the training.

“When I’m off the bench, I can’t make any other decisions. I can’t decide what to eat or what to wear.  We need this so much. Thank you.”                 -  Program Participant

  • With New York Women in Law Enforcement. For the New York Women in Law Enforcement’s Annual Training Conference, Joyful Heart contributed resources and information on vicarious trauma attendees. Vice President of Clinical Programs Sherisa Dahlgren and Wellness Consultant and Practitioner Allison Talis also presented.
  • With the New York State Family Court Judges Association. For the NYS Family Count Judges Association’s 50th Annual Conference, Joyful Heart staff, along with Laura van Dernoot Lispky of the Trauma Stewardship Institue, presented information on vicarious trauma and self-care to judges who are faced with making challenging decisions about restraining orders related to domestic violence and child and parent reunification in child abuse and neglect cases. 
  • With the National Network to End Domestic Violence. At the second World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., approximately 1,500 advocates from 96 countries gathered to discuss strategies for supporting the one in three women who are victims of gender-based violence and how to end violence against women and girls. Joyful Heart tabled at the event, providing Heal the Healers materials, self-care tip cards and issues of Reunion magazine to advocates from across the world.


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