Logo for Trauma Talks, a video series from CPP

Trauma Talks

Trauma Talks is a 16-part video/workbook series which educates prison residents about their traumas, so they can find resilience, self-regulate to calm their nervous systems, reduce prison aggression and become productive members of society upon their return.

We’re creating conversations and bringing awareness about the devastating effects of childhood trauma. We’re bringing healing modalities to the men and women living in prison. Athletes, celebrities, coaches, politicians, thought leaders, and other game changers share inspirational quotes, words of encouragement, and tips on success strategies. Healers and meditation teachers share their wisdom, compassion, and demonstrate skills for resilience and transformation.

We’d like to thank Eric Clapton for the donation of his song “Change the World” for this promo video.

We could use your support to make this happen ASAP. Please consider donating to change the lives of the most traumatized people in our society.

Fritzi in front of men showing them Trauma Talks
In September 2021, Compassion Prison Project travelled to Chowchilla, California to visit Valley State Prison where they implemented the inaugural pilot of Trauma Talks.

Some topics covered include:

  • The Brain Science of Trauma
  • Flight/Fight/Freeze
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Toxic Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD
  • Normalization of Violence

Trauma Talks episodes feature:

  • World-renowned trauma experts
  • Accredited Healing Modalities
  • Acclaimed prison documentaries
  • Roundtable discussions with Returning Citizens
    and much more
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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director


Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Trauma Talks