Pat Vivian Consulting
The heart of Pat’s work
Pat’s mission is to help organizations heal from trauma and create resilient and sustainable futures. Her efforts offer ways to overcome deep distrust in the system, repair relationships, and regain lost cohesion. Groups once again can see their path forward and feel optimism to move beyond their suffering, fear, and pain.
Love is the foundation for her consultation. Pat is known for her compassion, insight, honesty, and positive energy. Her willingness to wade into situations fraught with conflict, hurt, and unresolved issues helps others to experience someone caring deeply about their pain. Pat’s gift of witnessing others’ experiences without judgment enables them to trust her. She commits to accompanying an organization on its healing journey- staying with them until they can continue by themselves. Her commitment reinforces their renewed sense of hope for the future.
Pat’s work has taken her around the country to work with a variety of agencies and organizations: small grassroots groups, social justice organizations, anti-violence coalitions, national parks, and various government entities. Some have been in the throes of trauma, while others have suffered from persistent traumatizing dynamics.
For thirty years Pat taught graduate level courses, principally at Antioch University Seattle. She was known as a creative course designer - inventing courses such as Organizational Trauma and Healing, Personal Wellness in Organizational Systems, and Conflict Management - and a wise guide to her students. She now counts many graduates as trusted colleagues.
Currently Pat regularly offers mentoring to colleagues who are building their practice of healing organizations; she is available to them when they feel stuck or uncertain or just in need of an outside perspective. She also offers staff in intermediary organizations, such as statewide coalitions, background coaching help when their staff face challenging trauma situations in their member organizations. In these ways, Pat stays true to her commitment to broadening capacity of practitioners to respond to trauma and help groups heal.
Paying forward in her community
In 1995 with a group of colleagues she founded Community Consulting Partnership, a pro bono group providing team consultation and executive coaching to nonprofits. She continues to help guide this group and mentor learner consultant teams. In 2018 she sparked CCP’s effort to offer pro bono coaching to executive directors throughout Washington State. In addition, she has personally provided hundreds of hours of pro bono consulting services to social justice nonprofits that serve traditionally marginalized groups. In particular Pat has focused her energy on helping organizations that support immigrant and refugee communities, communities of color, and the LGBTQ community. Pat has also contributed decades of service to nonprofit boards, most recently serving eight years on Pride Foundation’s board of directors.
More about Pat
Pat earned her BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York (1968) and an MA in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle (1981).
Pat lives in Seattle with her partner and loves traveling in the US and internationally, especially when it involves birdwatching. Her son and daughter and their families, including three granddaughters, live close by. Her family members have taught her the most important lessons of her life and sustain her optimism and joy.
Pat finds beauty and relaxation in quilting, crocheting, and cooking. She donates quilted and crocheted items to groups that provide comfort and support to others. The bumper sticker on her family car says “Love people, cook them tasty food.”
American Samoa Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Grand Canyon National Park, Department of Interior
Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative
International Affairs Program, Department of Interior
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Reach Out and Read Washington
Rural Resources, Washington State
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
Temple Beth Am
US Coast Guard, District 13, Department of Homeland Security
Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Washington State Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs