The first annual Dr. Hanycz Leadership Lecture featured keynote speaker, Dr. Jacqui Linder. The lecture took place on October 25th during Western’s Consent and Sexual Violence Awareness Week with over 100 individuals in attendance.
About Dr. Jacqui Linder
Dr. Jacqui Linder is a registered psychologist and certified Clinical Traumatologist specializing in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She completed her doctoral dissertation on the psychospiritual impact of childhood sexual abuse. Dr. Linder is the CEO of the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute in Edmonton, Alberta and the founding Clinical Director of Canada’s first treatment centre for sexually abused children. She is also a professor of psychology and Program Director at City University in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Linder has presented across Canada as well as in France, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Guyana, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Linder is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking (HT) lecturing for the Canadian Police College, Interpol, and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She founded the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network in 2010 and Canada’s National HT Roundtable the following year. In 2011, she co-founded Freedom Relay Canada, an annual education and fundraising initiative for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. In 2013, Dr. Linder developed and launched the Human Trafficking Investigators Forum, designed to connect law enforcement personnel across Canada. In 2015, she co-founded the transpersonal researchers alliance. In 2016, she published a civilian trauma response protocol via social media to assist survivors of the Fort McMurray wildfires.
Dr. Linder has extensive training in both classic and complementary healing techniques including cognitive-behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, EMDR, expressive arts therapy, and ritual healing. She is an experienced facilitator and has trained over 12,000 frontline professionals on the mental health impact of psychological trauma.
Dr. Linder’s current research focuses on exploring the mental health impact of sexual abuse and human trafficking. Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.