Olga Phoenix is a national speaker, trainer, and an advocate. She is a founder and president of Olga Phoenix Project: Healing for Social Change, an organization dedicated to foster vicarious trauma prevention among trauma professionals, and to promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to trauma survivors through keynotes, trainings, and webinars. Ms.Phoenix is a Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Expert Consultant and Trainer on trauma-informed services, underserved populations, and vicarious trauma prevention; a member of Training and Mentoring Team at National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence; as well as a member and motivational speaker at Elite Speaker’s Bureau, Inc. Olga’s new book “Victim Advocate’s Guide to Wellness: Six Dimensions of Vicarious Trauma-Free Life” came out in September 2014 and is available in ebook and paperback on Amazon.com.
Olga’s professional background is in developing, coordinating, and delivering comprehensive training curriculum to strengthen advocacy and intervention services for survivors of domestic, sexual, dating violence, and stalking. Her work has involved expanding community-based outreach and prevention resources for underserved populations, especially LGBTQ survivors, immigrants, and survivors with limited English proficiency, as well as helping domestic violence and sexual assault programs enhance the provision of trauma-informed services. Olga worked on various interpersonal violence prevention projects with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Futures Without Violence, Legal Momentum, Workplace Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence, South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
Growing up in Russia, a country ravaged by poverty and civil war at the time, Olga suffered extreme cruelty, neglect, physical and sexual violence. At the age of 10, she witnessed her father murder her mother, a tragedy which became the catalyst for Olga’s dedication to the field of domestic and sexual violence prevention. As she began her career in the field, Olga struggled with untreated trauma and burnout. After years of searching for the solution, she found peace and healing through wellness, self-care, and the ever-present support of her new family and friends. Olga also discovered her life purpose in fostering wellness and helping trauma workers to heal, as they are healing others, and founded Olga Phoenix Project: Healing for Social Change. She strongly believes that social change begins with personal healing in each one of us, followed by powerful, effective and sustainable advocacy work, which in turn will lead to elimination of violence in our lives and the lives of our children.
Olga Phoenix graduated with a Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida, Masters of Arts in Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently a Doctorate Candidate in Women’s Spirituality and Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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