Jessa Crisp

Lived Experience Expert

In addition to being the Co-founder and former CEO of BridgeHope, Jessa is a lived experience expert, a well-known mental health clinician, speaker, and consultant. Jessa is currently working on her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Highlights of Jessa’s career include numerous publications, training the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State on trafficking and trauma-informed care, as well as speaking at the National Character Leadership Symposium for the U.S. Air Force.


Beyond a Program: Setting Survivors Up for a Lifetime of Success

  • Have you ever wondered how the survivors in your program will function after they graduate or leave? Do you ever wonder if you are doing enough or think about the vulnerabilities that exist in their lives that might lead to recidivism and further trauma? Through the lens of a lived experience expert, former non-profit leader, and mental health professional, learn tangible ways to give agency back to survivors, theoretical approaches for building resilience and post-traumatic growth, and ethical ways to create a community of support.

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