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Powerful Keynote Presentations That Inspire Personal Change

About Us 

Catalyst of Change Associates provides motivational talks on mental health, wellness, PTSD, leadership, anti-bullying for children and teens, and other topics that aim to enlighten and empower the audience. Book us for a speaking engagement today.

About the Owner

J.P. McMichael was one of the first responders to the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001 and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He started Catalyst of Change Associates in order to help others the way his brothers and sisters helped him during his battles with PTSD and depression.

J.P. is the author of "Why Won't You Play with Me?" It’s a children’s book that tells the story of his conversations with his son about his struggles with PTSD to help his little one understand what he was going through.

Specially You is his second children’s book, which is about body image and anti-bullying. He currently has three more children’s books in production and is working on two other book projects, entitled "Get Out of Your Head" and “The Journey,” which are due out in early 2021. 

J.P. is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a facilitator for Franklin Covey. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice at Marymount University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Forensics, along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration on Crisis and Trauma Response from Liberty University.

Being a former wrestler and competitive mixed martial artist, J.P. brings energy, grit, and emotion to his presentations. He speaks on servant leadership, mental and physical fitness for duty, and the Americans with Disabilities Act in law enforcement and corrections. His talks also include topics on higher education and other subjects that impact daily life in order to help others “Reframe, Refocus, and Renew” their lives.

In addition to his speaking engagements, J.P. actively shares his knowledge and expertise through vlog, blog, and podcast.


    • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
    • American Association of Christian Counselors
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