From Victim to Victor

Childhood Trauma Motivational Speaker – Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACEs

Childhood trauma motivational keynote speaker Derek Clark shares his experiential knowledge about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Derek’s childhood trauma conference keynote speeches and training are backed up by his own experiences growing up in a toxic and violent environment and then placed in foster care. He shares excerpts from his neurological and psychiatric reports in an effort to inspire audiences to never give up on a child.

At the age of five, Derek was abandoned at a psychiatric facility after enduring horrific child abuse. Derek’s mother and step father didn’t want him and his dad was in a prison for the criminally insane.

After being evaluated and mis-diagnosed by the psychiatrist, neurologist and speech and language therapists, the labels would follow him for years. He was transferred to shelter for un-adoptable children and then placed into the foster care system Derek had lots of behavioral and emotional issues and they seemed to be getting worse by the day until loving foster parents (both educators) saw and believed in his potential. His foster parents worked for years to help him reach his potential. 

Audiences all over the world have been inspired by Derek’s words. He is a leading motivational speaker for trauma. His keynote speeches are vulnerable, yet empowering. He believes that his vulnerability regarding the trauma that he endured inspires audiences with hope, and the knowing that they can make a difference in the life of a grieving child.


Children exposed to trauma need a compassionate human connection. Someone that will help them feel secure, respected, understood and loved. Derek encourages child welfare professionals and educators to tap into their compassion muscle and compassionately listen as well as be more empathetic. He leaves you with the thought that you cannot think negative about a child and expect a positive outcome. You never turn your back on a child. When the child is acting out emotionally and behaviorally, don’t ask “What is wrong with this child?” but rather ask “How can I help this child? How can I help them feel safe?”


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