Paula Sellars, M.S.W.
President & Chief Program Designer
Paula is an expert in adult learning, training development, and training delivery, particularly in the area of large-scale social change. She listens for your mission and helps you tell your story to widen your engagement and impact.
Paula is the originator of an award-winning training method called Docutraining® which integrates documentary style film, practical behavioral directives, and human empowerment training to produce reliable behavior change, particularly in the area of public health. She has 18 years of curriculum development expertise, across cultures. She understands the intersection of the non-profit ecosystem and the need for business mindset, and has depth of experience with beneficiary and donor engagement. She is also a personal development and entrepreneurial coach.
As creator of Docutraining®️, she is a film producer and director, content editor, and on-screen talent. Of particular note, she is creator and author of an award-winning child sexual abuse prevention curriculum, Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®, which can be found across our 50 states and in 17 countries internationally. This Docutraining®️ won the United Nations Foundation’s Classy Top 5 Award in 2014 in the area of child rights. It has been proven in over nine research studies to produce reliable behavioral change at scale. Most significantly, the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center of Victims of Crime proved its effectiveness for behavioral change in a full experimental, longitudinal design study across the U.S. It was found to have a positive contagion effect to untrained participants, due to the interactional nature of its behavior change, a very positive outcome for public health application. In short, it has shifted the paradigm of youth protection in youth serving environments across the country and is being replicated internationally. It has won a Telly Award for training quality, and numerous other awards in the child welfare industry. Both of Vistalynk’s Docutrainings®️ utilize the same evidence-informed training methodology, and are expected to yield equivalent behavioral change and impact our approach to aging and caregiving.