To educate our community, we have designed our TraumaTALKS program to provide an overview of childhood trauma, helping audiences understand the science behind the feelings and its signs and symptoms. Audiences will also learn why it’s critical to help abused children heal from trauma and how they can play a role in changing a child’s life.

TraumaTALKS cover a wide range of information, including:

  • The special needs of abused children and how to care for them.
  • Research data that shows how trauma alters children’s brains.
  • How to recognize the dangers and self-destructive patterns in traumatized children who are not treated.

TraumaTALKS for the community are offered in public and private settings and are given by Chester Street Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), along with other clinicians and facilitators. In addition to sharing his personal story, Shawn may also sign copies of his book, Thorns of Chester Street, for people who make donations to the Chester Street Foundation.

Learn more about childhood trauma by attending a TraumaTALK. View our calendar and sign up for an upcoming public event or contact us if interested in attending a private event.

Shine a light on childhood trauma by bringing a TraumaTALK to your community. Contact us to schedule a public or private TraumaTALK at your school, office, community group, or faith-based organization.

People Educated by TraumaTALK

“Shawn is genuinely interested in people, and I suspect this does not stem from what others can do for him, but from how he can serve others.”

Donna Pilgrim

“I found TraumaTALK to be very informative!”

Mark C. Brown

“Shawn is a compassionate and brilliant teacher.”

Amanda Brown

“I believe very strongly in the work of CSF. There isn’t anything more important than our children.”

Carolyn Watts