Olga Phoenix, MPA, MA is an internationally recognized expert and speaker on the topics of Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Trauma-Informed Services, as well as personal and organizational cultures of Sustainability, Self-Care, and Wellness. Through her books, trainings, webinars, and keynotes Olga helped thousands of victim advocates, therapists, substance abuse counselors, law enforcement, criminal justice and medical professionals to find their way to full and thriving life, free of vicarious trauma.

A survivor of interpersonal violence and later vicarious trauma, Olga brings with her a wealth of personal experiences, which she shares with raw candor, passion, and humor. Olga’s reputation as trainer and speaker is built on her tremendous capacity to address challenging topics with compassion and warmth while creating safe and supportive spaces where validated participants can share deeply about their experiences in the trauma field and engage in organic process of finding practical yet profound solutions for unique challenges experienced on individual and organizational levels.

Olga is a creator of the Self-Care Wheel, a comprehensive wellness and vicarious trauma prevention tool, translated in several languages, and widely used in United States and abroad. Her new book is based on the concept of Self-Care Wheel and entitled “Victim Advocate’s Guide to Wellness: Six Dimensions of Vicarious Trauma-Free Life.” It was published in September 2014 and has been incredibly well received by victim trauma professionals of various fields. Due to popular demand the book has been translated into Spanish in March 2015 and is available under the title “Guía De Bienestar del Defensor de Víctimas: Seis Dimensiones de la Vida Libre de Estrés Traumático Secundario” at all major online bookstores.

Olga Phoenix is a Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center Expert Consultant and Trainer on trauma-informed services and vicarious trauma prevention; a member of Training and Mentoring Team at National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence; as well as a member and speaker at Elite Speaker’s Bureau, Inc. She 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 East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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