Both editors of the book are available for speaking engagements on the topic of Complex PTSD and parenting with Complex PTSD. To book Joyelle Brandt or Dawn Daum for your upcoming conference, workshop or event, please email parentingwithptsd@gmail.com

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Dawn Daum

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Using both her personal history and her professional experience providing trauma-informed care coordination and as the Program Director for a mental health and substance abuse recovery community residence, Dawn writes, speaks and delivers keynote presentations and informative workshops on Parenting with ACEs and Trauma-Informed Systemic Change for:

  • trauma survivors
  • mental health, medical, and substance abuse recovery providers
  • family support providers
  • educators and faculty
  • criminal justice and first responders
  • community partners


In other’s words…

“Dawn Daum presented at the Northville Elementary School District.  Her presentation was well planned and timely.  The delivery of information on ACE’s and how they impact our well being was powerful.  As educators, our job is to work closely with others every day.  She provided us with insight on how trauma impacts the brain and learning.  Behaviors that we may have believed to have stemmed from something else, may not really be the case.  It was eye opening and informative.  We look forward to having her back in our district to speak again.”

~ Tammy Reidell, Elementary Principal, Northville Elementary School

“Dawn Daum was the feature speaker at the Schoharie County ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Team Conference. Dawn is an immensely impactful speaker. She brings important previously undocumented information for parents and professionals alike, about the impact of ACE’s on triggering aspects of parenting children. Dawn’s message is presented in a manner that is factually coherent and accessible, with an emotional honesty and clarity that reaches her audience. Dawn is an excellent speaker for any parent, or professional group… and comes highly recommended by our Team, as a speaker that would be an excellent resource and benefit for any group fortunate enough to hear.”

~ Susan Cimino-Carey, owner and operator of Schoharie Hypnosis and Reiki in Schoharie, New York. 

Joyelle Brandt

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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. Her performance of From Darkness to Light: A Survivor’s Journey received a standing ovation at She Talks 2016. This raw and vulnerable piece, which combines song and spoken word,  explores the intersection between the personal and the political when it comes to violence against women. Watch the video here.

” Joyelle has an inner light that shines bright on stage. With poise and grace, the utmost professional she pulls at our heart strings with her ability to connect and engage audiences with thought provoking ideas and out of the box creativity.”

Mandara Lebovitz, General Manager, Terry Fox Theatre

Speaking topics include:

  • parenting after trauma
  • trauma and resilience
  • trauma informed care
  • sexual abuse recovery
  • body image