Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings

Professional Training

"Sue is an incredibly passionate and effective presenter.  She inspired our participants to develop creative ways to include youth and families in the work that they do in the child welfare, mental health, judiciary and pediatric health care systems, and provided them with tools to make it happen.  I consider Sue to be 'bilingual:' her personal experiences combined with her professional expertise are a unique combination that allows her to speak to and affect all types of audiences.  She is a gem!" Jane Halladay Goldman, PhD,  National Center for Child Traumatic Stress UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

Sue can work with your conference planners or training staff to develop virtual or in-person workshops, panel presentations, or multi-session professional training strategies designed to enhance and increase both the knowledge and skill of your staff or audience.  Sue will work with you to design the complete training package from strategically thinking through pre-training assessments and readiness, to developing the appropriate length, depth, breadth and modality for the training event(s), to delivering training with panache and finally to supporting your organization as you create the necessary follow-up activities - including coaching, mentoring and advanced practica to ensure that participants are able to transfer their learning to the home, community or work environment and that implementation of skills learned in training is sustainably supported. 

Sue has consistently received rave reviews for providing powerful and effective training to a wide range of audiences including social work professionals, supervisors, and program administrators, judges and lawyers, policy-makers, pastors and other leaders in the faith community, youth leaders, mental health and medical home providers, parents, caregivers and advocates.  While she is still a fan of good old-fashioned in-person training, she is also happy to provide virtual training for daytime, evening or weekend needs. 

Sue not only has extensive subject-matter expertise on a number of topics, but also has a strong understanding of the needs of adult learners.  A small sampling of Sue's  topics is provided below and in addition Sue is always eager to custom design trainings that best fit your agency or organization's needs. "One of my favorite opportunities is to address a new challenge," Sue explains, "I love it when conference planners or training coordinators ask me to develop a training on a new topic or with a twist on a familiar topic."

  • Trauma: Healing and Hope
  • Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive
  • Keys to Raising Resilient Children
  • Building a Resiliency Toolkit
  • Mind, Body, Spirit: Using a Multi-sensory Approach to Helping Children Heal from Trauma 
  • Permanency Values
  • Permanency Skills
  • You are Not Alone: Let's Be Brave Together (Building lifelong capacity for parents & professionals) 
  • The Sibling Bond
  • Supporting Children in Kinship Placements 
  • What's Normal Anyway: Understanding and Implementing Normalcy & Prudent Parenting Laws 
  • The Impact of Trauma Across the Stages of Development
  • Adoption: A Lifelong Journey
  • The Impact of Adoption Across the Stages of Development
  • The Unique Strengths and Challenges of Kinship Care Families
  • Effective Strategies for Family and Youth Engagement
  • Caring for Children with Disabilities
  • "Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First"  Secondary Trauma and Self Care
  • Responding to Youth who say ?NO?
  • Well-Being Across the Lifespan 
  • Supporting Youth Transitioning from Foster Care or Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Collaborating Across Systems
  • Reflective Supervision and Other Skill-Building for Supervisors

And many more topics... 

To contact Sue regarding your training needs, email her at

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There is an adult coloring book craze sweeping the nation, and now, there is a very special resource available that allows you to jump in on this craze while learning about caring for children who have experienced trauma. This new book, released May 1, 2016 from Helping Hands Press, offers over 50 images to color while also providing all of the information and parenting tips Sue typically includes in a full day workshop.

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