- Institutional betrayal and betrayal blindness. Invited feature lecture at the Third Annual Summit of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Hawaii, 15 April 2016.
- Institutional Betrayal in Cases of Sexual Violence. Mitchell Hochberg Public Education Event Speaker for the American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting, New York City, New York, 8 March 2017.
- Sexual Harassment: Moving from Institutional Betrayal to Institutional Courage. Invited presentation to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Workshop on Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academia, at the National Academies Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, California, 20 June 2017. (Morning session video is available here; Freyd presentations starts at 1:57:00)
- Institutional Betrayal and Workplace Investigations: Risks and mitigation strategies for employers and investigators, AWI Conference, Association of Workplace Investigators, Marina del Rey, California, 5-7 October 2017.
Consulting Organizations and Leaders
We are passionate about helping organizations reach their potential for health and equity. We consult on approaches that lead to engaged leaders and staff. Our approach is based on research and conceptual knowledge of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, assessing the climate through anonymous surveys, listening skills, developing trauma-informed policies regarding harassment, discrimination, and reporting, approaches to avoid defensive reactions to discussions of racism and sexism, and concrete steps an organization can take to prevent institutional betrayal and promote institutional courage.
JJ Freyd has many years of research experience. One area of expertise is anonymous survey design. Conducting quality anonymous surveys are often an important early step in addressing issues of organizational health and equity.
For more on our approach see Freyd's essay on Institutional Courage -- 10 Steps to take-- When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them, (Republished by Salon, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, AP, and many others.)
In addition to public lectures, Jennifer Freyd is a skilled educator with 34 years of one-on-one mentoring and classroom teaching experience. She enjoys blending discussions and hands-on activities with conceptual and research-based content. She is especially passionate about providing tailored briefings and workshops for organizational leaders.
Expert witness /Consulting for Attorneys
For over a decade, JJ Freyd has consulted for numerous attorneys in both criminal and civil cases. This includes working for defense teams as well as prosecutors in the Oregon office of US Department of Justice. Much of this work involves educating the attorneys, judges, and jury about victim reactions to interpersonal and institutional betrayal trauma. See for instance this short article describing JJ Freyd's contribution to one particular criminal case:
- Freyd, J.J. (2008) What juries don’t know: Dissemination of research on victim response is essential for justice. Trauma Psychology, Division 56, American Psychological Association, Newsletter. 3(3), 15-18.
JJ Freyd's clients have included:
- The US Attorney's Office, District of Oregon
- Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman
- The National Park Service
- The University of Notre Dame
- The University of New Mexico
- The University of California, San Francisco