Joy Helmer, Board Chairperson of The Compassionate Listening Project, recently ended a thirtysix-year career as a psychiatric/mental health nurse. For many years Joy has had a passionate interest in learning and practicing deep listening, dialogue and reconciliation between highly polarized sides in intractable conflicts. She has also pursued an avid quest to understand trauma, victimization and the roots of violence, including working with perpetrators of violent crime in a maximum security prison - a life changing experience for her and for the men she worked with. She is committed to the practice and possibility of individual, social and global transformation. She is currently completing the requirements for her certification as a trainer in Compassionate Listening.