As a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, my trainings and workshops are designed to equip participants with practical tools and skills to help communities heal and thrive. I am passionate about empowering all to be part of the solution in their community. Training and speaking topics include child welfare, mental health, suicide prevention and more. I am also a registered member of the PACEs (Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection Speakers & Trainers Bureau. Please see below for a sample of my current offerings.
This signature training series engages participants in how to enhance connection with those who have experienced chronic or complex trauma. The series is typically offered in four 1-2 hour sessions but can be adjusted to meet your needs:
Overview of Trauma
Healing and Resilience
Vicarious and Secondary Trauma
Mental Health First Aid
As a Certified Adult, Youth and teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, I teach a course on how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. My MHFA certification also includes a designation for the Higher Education population. Find out more about Mental Health First Aidhere.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
For CASA, I provide training to volunteer advocates who are appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children and youth. To date, I have personally trained over 1,000 members from the community. Find out more about CASA here.
Stewards of Children®
Learn about how to prevent and respond to one of the most prevalent health problems facing children today, child sexual abuse. Find out more here.
Umatter® Suicide Prevention
After losing my childhood best friend to suicide, I vowed to spread awareness about suicide prevention. This training helps participants learn about and promote mental wellness by addressing issues such as bullying, substance use and suicide prevention.
Online Safety for Children and Youth
As caregivers and other supportive adults, it is important to be informed of and talk to children and youth about online safety. In this training, learn strategies to stay informed, monitor usage and keep the lines of communication open to keep youth safe.
All Children – All Families
This national training program offers both foundational material and advanced content tailored for direct service professionals who work with LGBTQ+ children, youth and families.
Hi there! I am so grateful to have found my sweet spot at the intersection of my personal, professional and passionate life. I invite you to join me as I share what fuels my purpose :)
PERSONALLY, I'm a native Washingtonian that currently lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC with my husband and 8 year old daughter.
PROFESSIONALLY, I'm a real life super hero. By day I work on behalf of non-profit, private sector and government clients to educate staff on issues that affect children and families such as mental health and child maltreatment.
PASSIONATELY, by night, I engage with women and girls both online and in-person to share stories, strategies and resources for living an inspired life.
Dear Daughter: A Celebration of Love
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“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” ― Gandhi
Urban Flowerchild | Social Media Butterfly | Your Best Friend's Friend
DC born and bred, I am one of few native Washingtonians that remain in the area, I was raised in a loving home full of women and am blessed to have had an amazing childhood that exposed me to my unlimited potential. In college I discovered my passion for children and families. It is quite the experience to discover the world through the lens of a child. This coupled with the belief that family is everything to a child is what continues to drive that passion nearly 20 years later.
I believe that we are all born with everything we need in order to be as happy, healthy and productive as we choose. My goal is to help others recognize and tap into this often overlooked internal resource in order to inspire each other to live the life we've always wanted.
Join me at an upcoming speaking engagement, presentation or training! Click the images below for registration information.
July 11, 2022
Dear Daughter Interview - Pretty Women Hustle
August 2, 2022
Engagement: Seeing Caregivers as the Solution w/ Maryland CASA
September 10, 2022
Fix Your C.R.O.W.N. Self-Care Brunch
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~My HAPPY Place
A Celebration of Love
Dear Daughter is a celebration of love for girls everywhere. Growing up as a girl in today’s world may be tough but Dear Daughter is here to motivate young girls for success. Set to the tone of inspirational letters from six girl moms, this book anthology will inspire girls using positive affirmations, vivid images and encouragement.
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PNK Productions inspires young minds to grow through creativity, literacy, and experiential learning. Our goal is to take all children on a journey that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. This series of engaging children’s books is based on the childhood friendship of the co-founders, Leigh “Popsi” Powell, Naeemah “Nae” Staggs and Kellie Jackson. Learn more here.
I Am Femspiration™
A lifestyle brand empowering women to connect with themselves, each other and the resources we need to live an inspired life.