I help people move from tolerance to advocacy by becoming trauma informed
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From Tolerance to Advocacy
How Being Trauma Informed
Carla shares her lived experience as the mother of a special needs child to provide insight into how trauma impacts brain and physical development. Her expertise helps administrators, educators, caregivers and others better understand why learning and interactions may be different for someone who experienced extensive trauma.
With over 10 years of first hand experience and continuous training, Carla is that compassionate companion who helps people become trauma informed. It takes just one loving advocate to change the trajectory of a child’s life. Instead of tolerating, we move through awareness and acceptance to advocacy.
Attendees will leave the session enlightened with an action plan advocating for self and others.
Supporting A Child With Trauma
With over 10 years of intense. hands on experience, Carla walks you through the top 10 items that will help you help the child you love that has experienced trauma. The pandemic, racial and social injustice, family dynamics are just a few examples of stressors that have impacted our children over the last few years.
Carla has been leveraging her experience to help families maneuver through difficult circumstances and systems.
Attendees will leave the session with a toolkit of the top 10 things to help a caregiver of a child (or person) who has experienced trauma.
Care for Caregivers
After fighting for custody of her son for many years, Carla got custody and adopted her son. She was depleted in every way – emotionally, financially, spiritually, mentally and physically. She was over $100k in debt, 40 lbs overweight and pre-diabetic, as well as isolated and feeling misunderstood and desperate.
She developed her 4-step method for self care, which is our right and responsibility to ourselves. Carla is living proof that taking care of self can help move mountains for our loved ones. Attendees will leave the session with an action plan for taking the BEST care of oneself.
Attendees will leave the session with an actionable plan for real self care.
"I highly recommend Carla for any event in which you want to highlight mental health in a way that's educational, relatable and life-changing."
"As a speaker and mentor, Carla generously shares her life’s experiences and challenges you to be your best self. She is a true example of a woman who has found strength through adversity."
"Mrs. Carlisle, Thank you so much for dedicating your time to our staff today. If it raises awareness and acceptance, it is a win for all. I hope that you will continue to share your story with many educators. It is an area that we need to understand more fully."
“Today, Carla is an advocate working with MHA, NAMI and other organizations to improve access to quality mental health care for children and their caregivers, and raise awareness about adoption.”
“Carla Carlisle is an incredible advocate for mental health, especially passionate about ensuring children’s mental health is a priority. She understands the importance of parent’s roles in being their children’s best advocates and the importance of self-care.”
Andrea I. Towner
“She shares her story to many audiences and makes such an impact on everyone she talks to.”
“She’s poignant and honest, and reaches the audience on a level that not only speaks to the heart but also makes you ponder. It’s what makes Carla a compelling speaker and wonderful guest.”
Valerie L.S. Albarda
“As a public speaker and Mental Health advocate, Carla has a wealth of experience, both first-hand and professional. Carla was able to share an in depth perspective of the effects of trauma.”