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Professional Training and Consultation Services

JAC Patrissi is a communications and design consultant specializing in training design, facilitation and ethical supervisory approaches. JAC brings extensive leadership experience to her consultations, designing and facilitating victim services projects for criminal justice, community-based advocacy and social services professionals. Her approach is based on the premises of Popular Education and its outgrowth, Dialogue Education.

When our daily work is in service to others, it renders us acutely aware of the dynamics of power. In designing our projects and trainings, we can employ a set of principles that are respectful, empowering and accountable. We can ensure that participants' contributions and learning are at the center of every design, and that we are continually inspired by the voices of those we serve.

As leaders and supervisors, we can navigate even the most complex terrain to forge effective relationships that will meet our project goals.

As trainers, we can improve even our most successful designs by:

  • creating the most effective sequencing of learning tasks
  • that ensure the participants know they are learning
  • in a respectful, energetic and challenging forum
  • that offers participants positive engagement
  • with ideas, attitudes, skills and concepts carefully selected
  • to meet the learning outcomes that the participants can accountably obtain.

We can do this together.

Professional Trainings and Keynotes: (Expand All)

  • "Barefoot Science: Reflections on Attunement and Presence in the Medical, Behavioral and Advocacy Fields"
    at the Strengthening Collaborations between Rural Health Care and Domestic and Sexual Violence Leadership Summit, Smith College, 2015
  • "Building Intersectional Connections: Warming to Joint Action"
    at the New England Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Conference on strengthening Culturally Responsive Practices to Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2014
  • "Happy and Hard to Fool"
    at the Kansas Governor's Grants Program, 2013
  • "Happy and Hard to Fool: Empowering Young Woman"
    at the Tantasqua Regional High School, 2012

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  • Program Facilitation and Design
    (as presented to the US Marine Corps Sexual Assault Response Program)
  • The development of victim/survivor of crime councils
    (as presented at the National Organization for Victim Assistance)
  • Victim-Centered: Restorative Justice Practice
    (as presented at the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice)
  • Victim-centered: The Victim Impact Panel
    Speaker preparation and speaker design (as presented for National Center for Victims of Crime)
  • Domestic Violence: The Impact on Child Witnesses (as presented to court staff, attorneys, judges, clinicians, foster parents, EMTs)
  • Moving In, Moving Through: Sensorimotor Interventions for clinicians working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence

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  • Exploring Barriers To Collaboration in Victim Services
    (as presented at the National Crime Victims Compensation Board National Conference)
  • Transforming Communication: Style and Method of Effective Supervision (as presented to non-profits)
  • Transforming Communication: Facilitation and Small Group decision-making
  • Growth in Groups: Embracing the Conflict

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  • Laying Down The Stones: Speaking in Public about your experience
  • Moving In, Moving Through: Sensorimotor Techniques for working with the impact of domestic and sexual violence
  • Coal Walkers: Becoming an activist and group member
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? (as presented at Kansas Governors Conference and The Omega Institute)
  • Divorce With Power and Clarity (as present at The Omega Institute)

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  • "Building Healthy Relationships,"
    K-12 program (as presented to schools and colleges throughout Northeast)
  • "The Question of Consent" (as presented in schools and colleges throughout Northeast)
    Changing conversations about sexual violence
  • The Child Witness of Domestic Violence (as presented in clinics throughout Northeast)
  • Gulliver in Lilliput: Understanding Domestic Violence
  • Anti-sexual violence advocates and Sex Offender Management (systems cross training for state of MA, New Hampshire and Maine)
  • HIV and anti-sexual violence advocates (systems cross training)
  • Making of Amends in Battering and Addiction (as presented in clinics throughout Northeast)

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  • Co-Victims of Homicide (as presented to attorneys, social workers, court personnel and community-based advocates)
  • Cross-training: Community based advocates and Correctional workers
  • Structure and functioning of Department of Corrections
    for grassroots and state-based advocates and victim/survivors.
  • Reparative Board Trainings
    for Reparative Board volunteers, state and community based advocates and Department of Corrections personnel
  • (For DOC and Other Acronyms)
    The structure and functioning of the Department of Corrections
    for grassroots and state-based advocates and victim/survivors.

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Recipient and honoree of the Patrissi Crime Victim Services Award, State of Vermont April 25, 2006.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and have made an outstanding contribution to victim services in Vermont over the expanse of their career or lifetime.


"JAC's attention to detail make her adept at all aspects of planning- from budget to logistics to content. However, her true gifts are her leadership and communication skills. I have watched her facilitate for years. JAC can coax meaningful participation from even the shyest or most confrontational of attendees."

MK Hewlett,
Director of Victim Services, VT Center for Crime Victim Services