Meet Myra Strand:
Myra Strand, MA, is the president and sole owner of Strand² Squared LLC where she provides training and education, both in person and through the online academy and consultation and agency support services. Last year, Strand Squared provided training and education to over 30,000 professionals in the field of trauma.
Myra began working with people who have trauma in 1995. She has experience with youth with complex trauma and serious mental illness, people with developmental disabilities, youth in competing war zones, county inmates, in the area of death notification and with victims of all crime types.
In her previous position as CEO at Victim Witness Services (VWS) for Coconino County, Myra’s focus was to drive the sustainable growth of VWS in three areas: Vicarious Trauma Mitigation, Evidence Informed Practices, and the Expansion of Geographic Reach. She had a central focus of applying trauma informed response and care.
Under her lead, she more than doubled- nearly tripled– the operating budget, she tripled the number of victims served during immediate crisis, she increased services to rural areas of the county and opened two satellite offices and establishing funds for “pop-up services”. Myra dramatically increased staff salaries and benefits as part of the vicarious trauma mitigation.
She added new services including counseling, trauma sensitive yoga, emergency financial assistance to address immediate crisis needs and a K-9 advocacy program. In 2013, when she started, there were nine staff members, when she left in 2018 there were nearly 30 people on VWS payroll. Myra dramatically increased staff salaries and benefits as part of the vicarious trauma mitigation.
Myra Lives in Flagstaff Arizona with her partner and husband, Russell Strand, two sons and dog, Yeti.
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In order to diversify our strategies and methods
of making social change, Russell Strand has established his own consulting firm and can be found at:
Meet the Strand² Squared Visiting Faculty:
MORE information on each faculty member coming soon!
Sarah Young Patton
Victim Witness Services for Coconino County
Sarah will be teaching Safety Planning and Lethality Assessment.
Link to course description (Coming Soon)
Sarahs CV (Coming Soon)
Sarahs Biography (Coming Soon)
Victim Services Manager
Brighton and Commerce City Police Department
Kim will be teaching Death Notification
for 24/7/365 crisis responders
Link to course description (Coming Soon)
Rad Grandmas Rockin Change Program
Carlis CV (Coming Soon)
Carlis Biography (Coming Soon)
We currently have five new team members waiting for courses to launch! Coming soon!
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In 2018, Yeti expanded his career and became an Strand² Squared LLC practitioner support dog. Yeti works hand in hand with Strand² Squared LLC staff by lending emotional support and comfort to participants who are disclosing very difficult experiences. He specializes in providing a regulated neurosystem to participants so that their mirror neurons will be an external source of calming peace that may be mirrored and replicated. Yeti also provides the same support to practitioners as they may experience cumulative trauma facilitating disclosures of high stress and trauma experiences.
Yeti is a certified Coco Pups graduate and also attended a portion of a graduate school at “Guide Dogs for the Blind”. His initial goal was to be paired with someone who needed an extra set of eyes, however, when he learned about trauma and neuroscience, his knew he wanted to work in trauma response instead. Further, he isn’t really interested in full time work because, as a natural philosopher, he is dedicated to spending great amounts of time “thinking” about the world in mindful mediation.