Conference Grants

Conference Grants Are Open! Apply Before November 30th.

If you are a psychology student participating in a lab at Oakland University you are on the right page and you are eligible to apply for our SJSF Conference Grant!

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Gifts of Comfort

Gift Ideas For Those Who Are Struggling

If you know someone struggling, nothing says you care about them more than a gift for their mental, physical, and spiritual health.

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Post Traumatic Growth

PTG is not about forgetting. It’s about healing.

Even the strongest among us could use assistance and comfort after trauma. With support, post-traumatic growth allows you to emerge stronger, wiser, and with a renewed sense of purpose and acceptance.

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Healing Shawls

A non-profit product

Even the strongest among us could use warmth and compassion. Our Healing Shawls and other SJS Foundation products raise awareness about our efforts and enable us to give comfort to those who are coping with traumatic events.

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The Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation (SJSF) welcomes you with open arms and is here to tell you:

Trauma Does Not Have to Defeat You

Trauma affects each of us differently in our journeys through grief and, hopefully, recovery. Universally, hope is something we all strive for in the face of tragedy and we understand how out-of-reach it can sometimes feel.

With help and support, you can find the strength within yourself to grow, find hope and joy again, and have a sense of purpose. We think it’s important to point out that even though you experience growth through trauma, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t have a dark day and retreat back into the valley of sadness, wandering off the path of hope. But when you have the tools to help you regain strength, it’s easier to get back on your path once again.

Some of the tools The SJSF can help equip you with include finding empathy, support, and positive resources… and that all starts with an important declaration: I need help. It’s so hard to be strong when you’re broken. We know, we’ve been there. Let us help you.


Through The Willows Healing Center and its professional resources, guidance, understanding and compassion, we will be an all-encompassing community of comfort, hope, empowerment and healing for those who are experiencing trauma and seek support. The Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation will also work to promote Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) research and awareness, as well as encourage advancement and philanthropy through conference grants, assistance for teen parents, health and wellness resources. In addition, The Willows Healing Center will preserve a diverse and sustainable base of volunteer and financial support to ensure that its services will always be available for those in need.

It’s a choice you are capable of making.
Stay in the light.

Trauma is a broad term, and every victim of trauma will experience a different journey of grief and recovery. But the message is the same.

You can find the strength within yourself to grow, recover, and find a sense of purpose. You will continue to feel the emotions you feel right now. No one can take them away from you, but you can learn to feel them with a sense of joy and hope for the future. Most of all, you may need empathy, support, positive resources, and healthy outlets to make it through.

And you will find it right here.

Our very own super hero.

Shelby Jane Seyburn had superpowers of her own: the power to love greatly, care deeply, and work tirelessly to make a change in the world. Her light continues to shine through the foundation and all those it touches.

Shelby passed away at the age of 22, when she had only just begun her efforts to research and promote Post Traumatic Growth. Her parents, Alisa and Marc Seyburn, founded the SJS Foundation to ensure that their daughter’s goals become reality.

Making Shelby’s Dreams Come True.

The Willows
Healing Center

Comfort, safety, security, serenity, restoration, fulfillment, and understanding.

These words will be the essence and the foundation of The Willows, a one-of-a-kind healing and resource center that the Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation will develop in a remote, serene area of Oakland County, Michigan.

The foundation’s vision is to create a center that offers ancient and traditional healing modalities, classes, workshops, speakers, and resources for those going through a traumatic event.

Here, those who are going through a range of post-traumatic emotions can feel safe, protected, heard, and supported. Here, people can hear others speak about their journeys and relate to them. Here, people can listen to the inspirational words of experts in this field.

In short, The Willows will be your refuge — the place where you can feel free to be you, the place where you can grow, the place where you can feel the pain, the place where you can feel the recovery, the place where you can feel the growth. No one will tell you, you can’t.