Derek Clark’s “Keep Your Employees Inspired” program (2 DVD Set) provides insight and specific training that will assist child welfare professionals, foster parents and social workers in connecting with vulnerable and grieving children and youth. Derek has lived through the foster care system and offers valuable training on how to deal with challenging youth and children under government care.
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.
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 foster parent 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.
Or Consider Reserving Derek Clark to inspire, rejuvenate and educate as your next conference keynote speaker. He delivers a powerful keynote on how to live beyond your self perceived limits and how to achieve significant success!
As a foster care expert and a popular motivational and inspirational speaker for foster care conferences, Derek believes that 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 Clark is 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. His true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.
Watch Derek’s Inspirational TED Talk About Determination and How He Grew Up in the San Francisco Bay Area Foster Care System.