In this TED Talk, Child Psychologist Dr. John VanDenBerg shares the powerful, shocking story of one child who changed him forever and inspired his life's work as an Innovator of services for children with complex needs. The story of this child who endured severe incidents of violence, sexual abuse, psychiatric detention, and failed foster care and group home placements, has inspired John and thousands of people across the world to help families and communities make commitments to keep children safe and protected.
Dr. John VanDenBerg is internationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative services for children with complex needs and their families. He is the Board Chair person for Citizens for a Healthy Community, is a consultant to Families Plus, a children agency in Delta, and is the national mentor for a major anti-poverty program, The Open Table. As a caution, Dr. VanDenBerg's talk will reference child sexual abuse.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx.