Joshua Beckett

Joshua Beckett is the co-founder of First Atlas Training & Consulting, a training agency dedicated to supporting organizations wishing to make employee resilience and mental health a top priority. First Atlas advocates for collaborative, supportive, competence-building, and trauma-informed establishments that promote empowerment and create safety. Their THRIVE™ resilience training assists management in creating policies and practices that are culturally and trauma-sensitive and respectful of individualistic histories, circumstances, and needs. Their point-of-view places resilience and mental health as a key component to organizational and operational good governance.

Joshua is a licensed psychotherapist, with significant experience working with trauma survivors, and presents regularly at state and national conferences on trauma-informed issues, the neurobiology of trauma, employee resilience, mental health, and self-care. First Atlas is committed to supporting and improving governance by embedding practices that focus on resilience and human relationships, resulting in fundamental and lasting performance changes.


Employee mental health is at a tipping point. The Center for Prevention and Health estimates that mental health issues are costing employers between $79 and $105 billion each year. Progressive corporate leaders are making employee mental health a priority, and embracing the reality that there is no employee health without employee mental health. First Atlas believes that the first step of creating healthier work environments stems from recognizing that what happens to people off the job affects what they do on the job.  


First Atlas recognizes that humanitarian organizations are in critical need of preserving their employees’ mental health while they attend to the needs of those in conflict zones. Many aid workers find themselves unprepared for the demands of working with populations in crisis, and upon returning home, completely on their own and left to process their feelings and experiences without any coping tools or support. Studies have found that around 80% of aid workers experience distress symptoms and that that PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) affects up to 30% of them. Preventing PTSD among staff can only be achieved if NGOs regularly provide trauma management training programs to increase psychological resilience and learn how to identify and attend to trauma symptoms among their members.