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We invite you to submit a call for presentations at the 2023 Missouri Children's Trauma Network Training Summit. This summit will be all in person, so speakers will be required to be in person for their presentation. All presentations will be 60 minutes long including Q&A. The summit host over 400 attendees, which included but are not limited to behavioral health professionals, child advocacy centers, child welfare agencies, foster care agencies, school personnel, school resource officers, juvenile court personnel, private practices, etc.

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Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem is a healer, a longtime therapist, and a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the healing of trauma. He is also the founder of the Cultural Somatics Institute, a cultural trauma navigator, and a communal provocateur and coach.
Resmaa is best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, and as the originator and key advocate of Somatic Abolitionism, an embodied antiracist practice of living and culture building. He is also the author of Psychology Today’s Somatic Abolitionism blog, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/somatic-abolitionism.
For ten years, Resmaa cohosted a radio show with former U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison on KMOJ-FM in Minneapolis. He also hosted his own show, “Resmaa in the Morning,” on KMOJ. Resmaa has appeared on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on family dynamics, couples in conflict, and domestic violence. He has also been a guest on Charlamagne Tha God’s Comedy Central TV program, Tha God’s Honest Truth, and on iHeart radio’s The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. He currently hosts the Gorilla Muse podcast on the Amplify Voices platform:
Resmaa has served as the director of counseling services for Tubman Family Alliance, a domestic violence treatment center in Minneapolis; the behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; a domestic violence counselor for Wilder Foundation; a divorce and family mediator; a social worker for Minneapolis Public Schools; a youth counselor; a community organizer; and a marketing strategist.
From 2011 to 2013, Resmaa was a community care counselor for civilian contractors in Afghanistan, managing the wellness and counseling services on 53 U.S. military bases. As a certified Military Family Life Consultant, he also worked with members of the military and their families on issues related to family living, deployment, and returning home.
Resmaa helps people rise through suffering’s edge.
His work focuses on making the invisible visible. You can learn more about Resmaa and his work at his website,
www.resmaa.com; on his Instagram feed:

Derek Clark

Derek Clark is considered one of the most inspiring motivational speakers for conference keynotes, employee morale and retention, foster care, adoption, social work, abuse and neglect prevention, non profits, child protective services, child welfare, department of children and family services, mental health and many more organizations. He is the author of seven inspirational books titled Never Limit Your Life and the critically acclaimed I Will Never Give Up book series which details his experiences and mental tools that he used to beat the odds while growing up in the foster care system.

Prior to sharing his expertise as a motivational speaker in personal and professional development, Derek was the founder of several successful corporations. Derek knows that attitude, vision, leadership, teamwork and a fresh perspective play critical roles in the success of any organization. When individuals push themselves beyond their self perceived limits, everyone around them grows in strength and character. Hope and positivity are not only contagious, but the keys to higher productivity. Personal and professional success begins, first and foremost, with our attitude. By cultivating drive, focus, and fearlessness, employees will find their professional and personal lives opening up to new promise and fresh opportunities.

Derek Clark knows first-hand the power of attitude in coping with adversity and overcoming hardship. At five years of age, Derek’s mother and stepfather (his biological father was in prison) abandoned him at a psychiatric hospital. He then was turned him over to the California foster care system, where he would spend the next thirteen years of his life, contending with rejection, humiliation, emotional distress and overwhelming anxiety. Yet through it all, Derek never gave up, and went from victim to victor by defying the artificial limitations imposed on him. He literally took a disadvantage in life and turned it into an advantage. His remarkable story is one of resilience and redemption, from his personal to professional life.

Having suffered brutal child abuse and abandonment, Derek was prone to severe distress and lashing out in anger. As a child he was “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence. As a helpless child, Derek was nearly institutionalized due to severe erratic behavioral problems and violent tendencies. At 6 years old, Derek was diagnosed as mentally handicapped with an IQ of a two and half year old and suffered erratic psychosis. As he developed, it became clear to his wonderful foster parents that this diagnosis was without merit.

Derek’s life mission has become helping others find the mental strength to recognize and take advantage of opportunities. His keynotes are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired thousands of listeners to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. His purpose is to cultivate drive, focus, and the courage to take action.


Kevin Cloninger, PhD 

Kevin Cloninger, Ph.D. is a researcher, an educator, and a coach, and currently serves as Executive Director of the Anthropedia Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting health and decreasing rates of lifestyle and stress-related illness through scientific research and education. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Cloninger has overseen the research and development of Anthropedia’s innovative Well-Being Coach Certification Program as well as the foundation’s resources, including the Know Yourself Series, an evidence-based course in well-being designed to help people increase self-understanding, manage stress, and find deeper contentment in their lives. In his work with Anthropedia, he has lectured widely, appeared on TV and radio, and offered many workshops, grand rounds, and trainings on well-being, coaching, healthcare, and education in the United States, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, France, Sweden, and the UK.


In addition to his work at Anthropedia, Dr. Cloninger has served as the Director of Coaching at PALM Integrative Health since its opening in 2016. In 2019, building on his work in the fields of health and wellness, Dr. Cloninger opened two wellness centers called Origin Wellness to address the unmet physical, mental, and emotional needs of people in the 21st century. Founded in the Hudson Valley and in St. Louis, these wellness centers use sustainable, technology-based treatments that harness natural forces to promote physical and mental wellness.


An award-winning teacher and public speaker, Dr. Cloninger has taught at almost every level of education from grade school to graduate school and served for four years on the executive board of the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum (AATC). In 2015, he was elected President of AATC. In his work with the Center for Well-Being at Washington University and the Anthropedia Institute, Dr. Cloninger continues to publish essays and research articles. Dr. Cloninger’s recent publications include, “The psychobiology of the path to a joyful life: implications for future research and practice.” in The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2019, “Identifying the dominant personality profiles in medical students: implications for their well-being and resilience” (Plos One, 2016), and “Uncovering the complex genetics of human character” in Molecular Psychiatry, 2019. From 2015 to 2020, Dr. Cloninger worked with the Swedish Health Authorities on research funded by the European Social Fund and other institutions to study the effects of biopsychosocial approaches to well-being with young adults, medical staff, refugee populations, and the unemployed.


Dr. Cloninger received his B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003, and completed his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver in 2008.