Dr. Jacqui Linder

Dr. Jacqui Linder is a registered psychologist and certified Clinical Traumatologist who completed her doctoral dissertation on the psychospiritual impact of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). She founded the Chrysalis Network in 2010 and Canada’s National Roundtable on Human Trafficking 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, Jacqui developed and launched Canada’s first national human trafficking investigators forum, an initiative designed to connect law enforcement personnel nationally and internationally.  Later that year, she established the SAFENET project, creating access to a network of safe houses for survivors of human trafficking across Canada. In 2014, Jacqui was named Clinical Director of Canada’s first residential facility specializing in the treatment of sexually abused children. She also became a founding co-chair of EUROTAS’ international trauma and disaster relief task force that year.

Jacqui has extensive training in classical and complementary healing techniques including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, EMDR, expressive arts therapy, psychodrama, and ritual healing.  She has worked with a wide range of trauma populations including survivors of human trafficking, First Nations and Inuit communities, male offenders, war rape survivors,  former gang members, military and law enforcement members, judges, lawyers, government employees, medical personnel, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse/adult sexual assault. She is the founder of the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute in Edmonton, AB., which treats military personnel, first responders and survivors of complex trauma. She is also a professor of psychology and Director of Canadian Counselling Programs for City University in Alberta and British Columbia.

Jacqui is an internationally recognized expert on the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking, and has consulted for a number of NGO’s, law enforcement/justice agencies. She is an experienced facilitator, conducting workshops on the neurobiology of PTSD, trauma recovery, stress management, burnout, grief & loss, psychological first aid, and therapeutic breathwork. She has lectured for the Canadian Police College, Interpol, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as at conferences  across Canada, the USA, France, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Guyana, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine. Her professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.

Dr. Jacqui Linder has been working closely with SafeHope Home staff since 2020 to provide frequent clinical consults and provide relevant training to enrich the teams’ knowledge and accountability to ensure client service delivery excellence.