Trauma informed keynote speaker Derek Clark is a survivor who delivers a riveting account of how he suffered prenatal abuse at the hands of his abusive father. Did you know that children who suffer early childhood trauma can suffer physical and mental health issues later on? These adverse childhood experiences contribute to depression, suicide and mental health instability. Early childhood trauma can also lead to a life of toxic stress and health issues. Research has shown that if a child is exposed to violent trauma, their brain is altered and can make the child emotionally on edge. Think of this as fight or flight mode, a survival technique.
Watch this video of Derek Clark, a motivational speaker for trauma, share his story of a traumatic event that altered his life forever.
Derek states, “The power of just one person who compassionately cares has the ability to take a child’s broken pieces and turn them into masterpieces. Don’t let the trauma, rejection, abandonment and negativity that was handed down to you by your parents stop you from living a life of purpose. The truth is that out of my physical pain, mental pain and spiritual pain, I became strong!”
Derek is a popular keynote speaker for trauma informed care conferences. His motivational and educational keynote titled “Trauma, Resilience and Redemption” inspires audiences to step up and be that one compassionate and caring person in a child’s life. If we can intervene early in a child’s life who has gone through traumatic events, we can help change the course for that child. With an early positive change, we can decrease the amount of teen suicides, self medicating youth and juvenile offenders. Through compassion and compassionate listening, we can also help them heal and overcome behavioral and emotional issues. Remember this when dealing with kids that have gone through traumatic events…sometimes kids and teens will ask for love in the most unloving ways. Never give up on a kid!