Derek Clark’s inspiring program provides insight and specific training 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, and to offer justice, power and dignity as a response to labeling and quick diagnosis. Every professional working with kids in care has a purpose; to make sure that each child feels important, to help them to reclaim their dignity, to feel secure, and to know that their past does not have to infect their future.
Best practices – ethical practices – must include the heightened awareness of our language customs in the social service field and must have a solid foundation rooted in our knowledge of grief, loss and traumatic experiences. The words we speak and write have great power to build up, define or defeat a child. These labels have the ability to follow children for the rest of their lives and can shape their attitude, self esteem, relationships and professional life.
Derek will give you insight into his personal childhood journey of being wrongfully labeled in the foster care system for thirteen years, and the key reasons why he did not turn out addicted, incarcerated, or dead. Derek will challenge many of the accepted practices of the child welfare system and provide alternative ways to understand why kids behave in the ways that they do.
This training is intended to provide knowledge, inspiration and personal development for the following:
· Child Welfare Workers and Administrators
· Social Workers
· Department of Social Services
· Foster Parents / Adoptive Parents
· Foster Children and Youth
· CASA Volunteers and Staff
· Family Court Personnel
· Group Home Staff
· Residential Treatment Center Staff
· Mental Health Professionals
· School Counselors
· Youth Development Staff
· CPS Training
· Juvenile Hall Youth Prison Workers and Administrators
· County Departments of Children and Family Services
· Universities with Social Worker and Psychology Departments
·…and many more…
Derek Clark is a popular motivational speaker/trainer and the author of six books including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.
Watch Derek deliver an inspiring speech at the TEDx conference.
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This inspiring training is also available as a DVD set and was recorded at one of his “live” training events with close to 1000 members in the audience. This DVD set was recorded professionally with great sound and visual quality. You may purchase it by clicking here. http://www.iwillnevergiveup.org/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50
Derek. Back in April, I attended a AR Family Therapy conference @ John Brown Univ, Siloam Springs, AR. I was profoundly touched by your story and presentation. I got your CD and plan to draw from that in developing a coming of age retreat for a 11-yr old client (I’m priv. practice psychotherapist). Can you send me the printed words to your rap – I believe, I’ll Never Give Up. Also, the picture of you and your chicken in an embrace. God bless you and your work. Richard