Forward-Facing® Institute

Founded in 2020 by Dr. J. Eric Gentry and Jenny Brackman, Forward-Facing® Institute creates resilience through coaching, consulting, certification, books and training. Our goal is to empower individuals with a renewed belief in their inner capacity, and to instill a genuine hope for their future marked by healing and fulfillment.

Forward-Facing is Freedom.

  • Freedom from…the pain and trauma of the past; the weight and yoke of stress; the baffling complexity of mental health treatment;  hopelessness, desperation and demoralization; and unfulfilled  promises of a better life.
  • Freedom to…live beyond your fear in a comfortable body; gain traction toward living an intentional and principle-based life; find safety, vulnerability, hope and joy; optimize your skills and capacities relationally, professionally, personally and  spiritually; to become who you choose to be rather than who your past has programed you to be.

Post-Traumatic Growth

Trauma and pain comes in many shapes and sizes, leaving people confused and demoralized in its wake. If people were skeptical before, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the body is a self-healing organism. It just needs to be provided with the tools to heal. Our programs are equal parts educational and practice.

What we offer:

Professional Resilience

People join helping professions because they care. But caring has a cost. The good news is that the cost of caring, often known as compassion fatigue, can be treated and prevented. Our services for professional resilience are the result of 25+ years of research and development in the area of burnout and compassion fatigue prevention.

We have published nine empirical peer-reviewed studies that have demonstrated the skills we teach lessen the stress-related effects of caregiving and service work. Additionally, these same skills—when implemented in a displaced approach—enhance well-being, performance and professional quality of life.

What we offer:

Our Team

J. Eric Gentry, PhD


Jenny Brackman B.S.

Vice President

Emily Hedrick, M.Div.

Operations and Innovation

Mollie Gardner

Executive Administrator

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