Becky Fein

Active Minds Speakers Bureau

Becky Fein is a professional mental health speaker from Active Minds. Her story gives hope a voice.

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About Becky

Becky was in her third year of college when she was raped. Struggling with stigma, rape culture, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Becky Fein’s healing journey began when she disclosed her story to a friend, after learning that she, too, had been raped. While on a path towards her own recovery and resilience, Becky discovered the importance of being present for a friend who is struggling, the impact of trauma on individuals and communities, and tangible steps towards making our social circles and college campuses safer, more supportive spaces.

Becky is a lively and versatile speaker. Her talks are rooted in evidence-based principles of bystander intervention and empowering people to share their stories in service to their own healing, in whatever way is right for them. Becky’s presentations are interactive and action-oriented. Participants will leave with a more nuanced understanding of the complexity of mental health issues and will feel empowered to respond productively when faced with a related situation in their own lives.

Becky went on to receive a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University with the goal of learning about and changing the culture around rape and sexual assault. Since grad school her career has been centered around the broader conversation of mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, survivor empowerment, and giving recovery a voice.

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Today, Becky is the Associate Director of Programs at Active Minds, and the Founding Director of the Powerful Voices Project, a documentary film series that tells stories of recovery and resilience after experiencing sexual assault. Becky’s expertise centers around engaging people in productive, thoughtful conversations about complex issues of mental health, sexual assault, suicide, and more, all with the goal of encouraging people to show up for one another in meaningful ways. She has been working in the field of student empowerment and mental health advocacy since 2012, and in the fields of public health and sexual assault survivor empowerment since 2009.

Notable accomplishments: In 2016, Becky was awarded the Red Cross Real Heroes Award, California Northwest and the Powerful Voices Project was featured on NBC News. Becky co-authored a publication released in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry entitled “Strengthening College Students’ Mental Health Knowledge, Awareness, and Helping Behaviors: The Impact of Active Minds, a Peer Mental Health Organization.” Prior to Active Minds, Becky served as Adjunct Faculty in Health Sciences at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Fun fact: Becky produced, directed, and performed in The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s internationally renowned sexual assault and woman-empowerment episodic play, for five consecutive years: two years at Columbia University, and three years in Santa Rosa, CA.

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Booking information

Key topics

  • Corporate Retreats
  • Depression
  • Faculty/Staff Trainings
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Care/Recovery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trauma

Presentation options

Becky options

Becky discusses her journey of recovery and resilience after experiencing sexual assault. This lively and powerful talk explores the importance of being present for a friend who is struggling, the impact of trauma on individuals and communities, and tangible steps towards making our social circles and college campuses safer, more supportive spaces.

View one of the Powerful Voices Project videos of your choice and discuss the creation of the video, the story portrayed, the behind the scenes of the making, and more.

Becky offers a presentation combining her story presentation, “Surviving & Thriving After Sexual Assault: Creating Strength Out of Trauma” with a Bystander Intervention Workshop, “Changing the Campus Culture: Three Techniques to Reduce Violence and Protect Your Friends.” This program will require at least 90 minutes.

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Workshops

Becky Workshops

Bystander intervention is currently the only evidence-based technique that is proven to prevent sexual violence on campuses and in communities. This interactive and lively workshop will train participants to recognize signs of potentially harmful situations, and help to break down barriers to responding. Attendees will hear a personal story of sexual assault surviving and thriving, explore myths and misperceptions of sexual assault, and learn three tangible skills for how to intervene when faced with potentially harmful situations. This program is available as a 90-minute workshop or as a 30-45 minute supplement.

This 60 minute workshop offers students and faculty the opportunity to learn about and discuss how to start and grow an Active Minds chapter.

This two-hour workshop explores the prevalence and incidence of suicide, with a focus on college students. We discuss current, pressing issues that are related to suicide, and unpack myths and misperceptions. Participants leave with a comprehensive booklet from the QPR Institute, and three tangible skills that will help avert the tragedy of suicide.

In this 90 minute interactive workshop, Becky educates audiences on mental health issues, the importance of help-seeking, and effective strategies for engaging in preventative self-care and helping loved ones in distress.

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Travel information

Becky travels from California

After hearing Becky’s personal story and the effect it had on the trajectory of her life, I can say that being witness to her presentation will be an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feel very grateful to have been exposed to such an honest and helpful presentation about a subject that is often unspoken.

Alec Rich

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