The real work happens on the street level, where space and people become instruments of change. Something special happens when we show up, see, and inspire one another.
Face to face, virtually, in spirit, connected to and for our neighbors.
These partnerships can happen organically or structurally.
I love facilitating both and everything in between.
As a professional trauma-informed licensed clinical counselor, it’s my heart to help groups and communities connect, learn, and leave with fresh perspectives, tools, resources, and calls to action that foster meaningful and long-lasting change in families and cultures.
My background includes adoption, attachment, clinical experiences, diversity and cultural responsiveness, grief/loss, support during adjustment/transitions, therapeutic interventions (individual, group, and family), race and ethnicity, trauma-informed care, and counseling in the local church.
Where’ve you’ve seen me:
Whatever the size and reach of your vision, I’d love to help make your event valuable for everyone involved.
Let’s work together.
Here are the current showings for Fall 2019:
1. “Who am I Really From?“ (90 minutes): What do Captain Marvel, Han Solo, Eleven from Stranger Things, Awkwafina, and Daredevil have in common? Origin stories. A question transracial adoptees often ask is, “Who am I really from?” And in today’s tech saturated communities, psychosocial challenges are perhaps the most complex they’ve ever been. I want to ask, what’s our child’s origin story? What empowers children who are adopted (and their families) to overcome the challenges of the 21st century? This dynamic, co-created, multi-media workshop will inspire and equip parents to pull philosophical questions into their daily practice with children who are adopted; we’ll discuss how to move our own parenting world-views forward, to help our children evolve in theirs.
2. “Mentorship & Role Models” (90 minutes): Who were your mentors growing up and where did you meet them? Who had the most influence? Access to role models in spaces like summer camp or regular support groups offers a unique brand of therapeutic alliance that could make all the difference. But time, space, and context are shifting. The character arc continues to resonate, but problems and solutions have evolved and have begun to come from different places. This workshop will explore how change and shared experiences have happened in community, and what mentorship in our own locations could look like in the spirit of our current times.
3. “The Role of Race & Ethnicity in Identity Development“ (90 minutes): Why do these ideas matter? And how do they impact our children? Whether it touches your family or not is no longer negotiable. We know it does. The question centers on what you’re willing to do next. You’ll get a chance to discuss your family’s current location in this issue as well as practical next steps to equip your children in the midst of it.
4. “Biblical Counseling” (90 minutes): What is the mission field of the 21st century? Some would say it’s the church. Others might say it’s the damage done by the church. How do we restore counseling to communities who were designed to serve, lift up, and heal those around them? By inviting new (perhaps original) understandings of “love and truth” into our relationships, families, small groups, community and leadership cultures so that we can better serve those impacted by trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, general and specific mental health needs and suffering overall.
Current showings are designed to support your growth in the following areas (and are flexible to serve adults and teens):
- Adoption Competency
- Identity Development
- Professional Attitudes & Values
- Individual & Cultural Diversity
- Ethical/Legal Standards
- Reflective Practice & Self-Assessment
- Relationships, Family, & Parenting
- Scientific Knowledge & Methods
- Evidenced-Based Practice
- Assessment & Intervention
- Interdisciplinary Systems
- Advocacy & Community Service
What resonates most with your current needs? Consider any of the current showings as a launchpad for a parent workshop, clinical training, diversity dialogue for staff or an organization, group support or a keynote presentation. I’m also eager to include and work with any other ideas you have in mind.
Here’s what audience members are saying about our time together:
“Great intersectionality. Empowering for client of color, adoption, parents and kids. GREAT!”
“Appreciated the sharing of aspects of personal story. I believe that entire sessions focused on different individuals.”
“This workshop was excellent! Please have Cam come again!”
“Excellent presentation! Very impressed with the level of work the presenter demonstrated”
“Strengths perspective-so empowering.”
[participant learned] “More diverse perspectives of transracial adoption.”
[participant learned] “Understanding one’s story and being comfortable with uncomfortable.”
Keywords and phrases participants used to describe our workshops/presentations:
“Informative, Inspirational, Enlightening, Encouraging, Challenging, Enjoyable, Organized.”
“Improved my perspective-taking” abilities.”
“Helped me better understand my child.”
“Provided me with new information.”
“Increased my knowledge about adoption.”
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