Popular conference keynote speaker Derek Clark shares his new program “You Cannot Think Negative About a Child and Expect a Positive Outcome”. Derek’s inspiring presentation can be delivered as a conference keynote or an educational training program for professionals working in child welfare, trauma informed care, foster care, early childhood development, wrap around services, school counselors, juvenile justice, mental health, social work, psychologists, educators, high school teachers, juvenile probation, alternative schools, middle school teachers, foster parents and many other occupations working with children and youth.
Derek Clark will give you specific insight into his personal childhood journey of thirteen years in the foster care system, and the key reasons why he did not turn out an addict, incarcerated, or dead. He takes you down his road of hate, anger, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, survivor of brutal child abuse and the memories that haunted his life. He believes that by changing the way you look at a child, you can significantly impact their life. Your actions will speak louder than your words.
Derek Clark’s inspiring program provides insight and valuable tools that will assist professionals in connecting with vulnerable and grieving children and youth. Professionals will gain understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences, how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures. Every professional working with challenging children and youth has a purpose; to build a relationship of trust, to help them to reclaim their dignity and self value, and to know that their past mistakes do not have to infect their limitless future.
He teaches on the subject matter, Consequences don’t deeply change youth, relationships change youth. He shares with you how to commit and build upon your strengths when encouraging youth to have hope and the belief that their best days are still ahead of them.
Watch a short clip of Derek delivering a fantastic motivational keynote in Austin, Texas on how people made a difference in his life while growing up in foster care.