Shelly Dean is a family therapist, a supervisor, and an organizational consultant from the traditional, unceded Tk’emlups te Secwepemc territory, also known as Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Shelly works for all family members when violence is at issue, with a special interest in victims of institutionalized violence. She currently works in a direct-service counselling office that provides family therapy and supervision, although a long part of her career was spent in the non-profit sector. In this setting, Shelly applied the principles of Response-Based Practice in leadership and other organizational priorities. This included ensuring that policies and human relation challenges were, in practice, upholding the dignity of all people. She was also a foster parent for just over 15 years, and credits much of her learning to her large family. Shelly has also taught in the Master of Counselling programs through City University of Seattle and the Master of Education program at Thompson Rivers University. Shelly is a proud daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and dog-owner.