As a clinical professional in the mental health field, I have had the great pleasure and honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations. She is a successful mental health professional, author, and lecturer who, through personal tragedy and challenges of her own, has become a remarkable role model and inspiration to others who have experienced similar situations. I have had contact with some of the attendees of her presentations who have shared how profoundly moved they were by her. Ms. Childs’ broad knowledge and passion for the subjects on which she presents is vast, and her beauty, grace, and humor contribute to an entertaining yet informative and powerful experience.
Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP
National Clinical Outreach Director
Elements Behavioral Health
I have heard Joan E. Childs, LCSW and Keynote Inspirational Speaker, lecture at professional meetings, to students and to community groups for 5 years. She is clear, inspirational, in touch with her audience and on point. Her large and long clinical experience, personal events and clinical research have honed her views and message on a variety of personal and family issues. Her audience interactions are concise, empathetic and heartfelt.
Avram M Cooperman MD
Co- Director the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York
Prof Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital
I have known Joan Childs for more than thirty years as an outstanding therapist, and I am very familiar with her work. Not only has she been an inspiration to our family, but she has touched the hearts of hundreds of our students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University with her inspirational talks. She really cares about people and her verbal statements are precious. She is indeed a “rare bird”.
Executive Vice Dean of the Health Professions Division
Nova Southeastern University
It has been a pleasure and an honor to get to know Joan Childs as a colleague. Being exposed to her lectures, I have benefited from the fountain of wisdom that she so generously shares .
Elahe Mehrel,EcCT, Colleague
Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters' suicide. Joan's passion for helping families to understand mental illness really shows. We learned that no matter what we do, the risk of losing a child with mental illness is an ever-present danger.
Joan E. Childs, LCSW was a recent guest speaker at our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a self-help support group for bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings. Joan, herself a bereaved parent, was warm, caring, compassionate and very well received by our group. Joan openly shared the story of her daughter’s mental illness and eventual suicide as well as listening to all our stories. An excellent speaker, Joan offered hope to bereaved parents in all stages of their grief as well as raising awareness about mental illness.
As a member of Compassionate Friends of Boca Raton, a bereaved parents support group, I was pleased to meet Joan Childs at our last meeting.
She spoke to our group about the tragic loss of her daughter and what she went through. She was very cordial and composed but I could feel her compassion for us, also, as bereaved parents.
Ms. Child's was very professional in her answers regarding prolonged grief and treatment recommendations. She was very thorough in her explanations of the grief process and offered hope in spite of our deep feelings of loss and grief.
I am looking forward to reading her book, "Why did She Jump".
I will also recommend her to other compassionate friends groups, as she was very helpful in validating many of my erratic emotions during my grieving process.
I am writing thank you for your enlightening talk on Mental Health and the issues that caused the greatest tragedy in your life, the death by suicide of your daughter Pam. Our members and friends learned about Pam and her struggle with Bi-Polar disorder and how suddenly your life was changed. We saw the emotion and still constant pain that you are living with even today. We also learned about the signs of a potential suicide and steps to take to help to prevent it.
Thank you very much for teaching us about suicide and bi-polar disorder. I recommend that everyone should hear this story or read the book, "Why did She Jump", to learn more about these very important topics.
President, NAMI Broward, Inc