Let us introduce ourselves!
Dawn Daum: Dawn Daum is co-editor of the book Parenting with PTSD: the impact of childhood abuse on parenting. She is a mother of two, has an ACE score of 9, and has spent nearly 20 years working in the trenches of the mental health system.
Dawn is currently the Program Director for Hammond House, a mental health and substance abuse community residence in Saratoga Springs, NY. Previous to that she provided ICM and Health Home care management services to adults living with mental illness in the community. She entered her career in the field as a mental health inpatient tech and child and youth residential counselor.
Dawn uses both her personal and professional experience to write, speak, and facilitate conversation about trauma informed systemic change. Her mission is to help shift the culture’s understanding of what it means to recalibrate and heal the mind and body from trauma.
You can connect with Dawn via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joyelle Brandt is a feminist artist, writer, and educator. She is the author/illustrator of the children’s book Princess Monsters from A to Z, and co-editor of the anthology Parenting with PTSD, a groundbreaking collection of writing by parents who are survivors of childhood abuse. Joyelle has dedicated her life to sharing the message that you are not broken and that your ugly is beautiful. She offers educational presentations, music and poetry performances, workshops, and one-to-one peer support for and about parents who are survivors of childhood abuse.
Joyelle believes that her purpose in life is to be a beacon of light, and that the three most important things are love, kindness and gratitude. When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk.