Dr. Donielle Prince
ACES Connection, Regional Community Facilitator, San Francisco, Bay Area
"Susan takes her expertise in human development and instead of simply training staff (which she does masterfully) or doing interventions with individuals, she transfers that expertise to others, who learn that a different set of behaviors can get their needs met while learning you can develop these skills, and draw on concrete tools, that help build strong relationships with colleagues, staff, students and families. I've seen Susan present to community groups and at conferences. In both settings, Susan manages to send people home with a new, internal toolkit, the ability to generate new ideas grounded in the knowledge of human development, the impacts of trauma on the body and behavior, and on the ways that resilience shifts these dynamics. When knowledge is transferred in this way, participants develop the confidence to try out new strategies, right away, in any environment."
Sarah Brooke Stiles, LCSW Clinical TherapistMind Body Integrative Former ASW, PPSC, Social Worker,MTSS Team, San Juan Unified School District
"Susan will humbly challenge you, not just by her words but through her personhood. Yes, it is true, there are hundreds of different trainings about trauma and countless trainers; trauma is a hot topic nowadays and rightfully so, as it permeates the seams of society. Susan lives out, in the most unveiling way, what it means to be a trauma-informed person. Anyone can get trained to become “trauma-informed”, Susan teaches people how to be a trauma-informed individual who talk, listen, and interacts in a manner which connects people and brings them to the present like no other. Body language, a significant communicator; it is not just enough to be informed about trauma but one must consider what their body language is telling the person in front of them. A person can put a system of any kind into place with the best of intentions but if it is not put into place with all aspects considered the impact might not only be ineffective but detrimental and most often not intentional. Susan has made a huge impact on me and who I am as a Social Worker. I am grateful and forever indebted to her for the investment she not only poured into me but into beautiful individuals I come into contact with daily. I see her work in so many, she has no idea how impactful she is."
Healthy Workplace Advocate, Sales and Business Operations Lead, Anti-Racist
Center For Equity And Inclusion, Portland OR
"I hired Susan to come speak at a day conference I organized in Portland, OR last December titled Equity In Action. Susan has taught me a great deal over the past few years about ACEs and what Trauma-Informed Care is about. I still have a LOT to learn, but I thought her experiences with TIC and applying it to her work as a behavior analyst would be of great interest to our attendees. It WAS!
Susan was very well-prepared. I loved how she was able to keep the room engaged with her pace, candor, insights and humor. She spoke towards the end of the day, and you know how that can go. People are tired, they start thinking about what to make for dinner...but people were actively listening and asking all kinds of questions at the end, they did not want to leave! Susan is really good at getting people to CONNECT.
We ALL have experienced some kind of trauma in our lives, and it was my intent to show how in business, understanding this about peers can help with conflict resolution and communicating. I highly recommend Susan as a consultant for any organization interested in learning about Trauma-Informed Care."
Chris Cooper, MPA
Program Administrator, Health Education Council
"What you’ll learn quickly about Susan is that she has a great understanding of how to develop innovative solutions that are far from the cookie-cutter approach and on the cutting edge of providing transformative impact!"
School Social Worker, San Juan Unified School District
"I had the privilege of hearing Susan present on Trauma Informed Approach to success in Restorative Justice and PBIS at Twin Lakes Elementary School. I appreciated how she dived into behavior, communication, self-awareness and linked it to what being trauma-informed is all about. She mixed humor, personal observations and her many years of classroom experience into her training. The staff was fully engaged. I highly recommend her to teach and motivate staff with her expertise."
CSUS Department of Education Instructor
Cordova High School Special Education Department Lead
“So many of us feel like we want to DO something. We don’t want to just put up a post or two and then go back to our simple and privileged lives. In order to help create change we need tools to better understand the problem, our place in the problem and role in that problem so we can know what to do when and why. Susan’s trainings provide context to what trauma is, what causes it and our role in interacting with one another with this understanding so that we can bring people together, help create space for healing and work towards a world where adverse experiences are the exception and not the rule.”
Teacher, Program Coordinator
San Juan Unified School District
“In my three years closely working with Susan Jones, I regard her as the 'People Whisperer.' She's been a brave voice and advocate for trauma-informed care in school systems which quickly forget. Trauma-informed care is actually an ethic that has deeply impacted the conscience Susan represents. Because of what Susan has taught me, I try to think and speak from a wholly different empathetic perspective. The results are taking me personally AND professionally further than any professional development I can ever remember. But be careful. Because once Susan Jones is in your system, it's like having a mosquito in your ear day and night, she's that good at creating consistent personal awareness."
President/CEO GPS Social Enterprises, LLC, “Transforming Community One Life at a Time"
"Susan Jones of Creative Behavior Systems provided two great, comprehensive trainings to members of the ReEntry Coalition on Trauma-Informed Care and Resilience Building. Her background is extensive, and her ability to take complex problems and communicate them in simple ways makes the training very effective. The material presented was relevant, research-driven and applicable to the population our members serve. I would highly recommend anyone dealing with at-risk or justice-involved people take a training from Susan so they can increase engagement, retention and outcomes. Great training all the way around!"
Educators attending Seminars by Susan
"I loved this seminar! It felt restorative for me as a teacher and it gave me so many useful tools to implement immediately with my class."
"I thought this was a great seminar; not only for the many ideas to use with students, but I myself felt better after practicing some of the strategies. I would highly recommend this training to anyone. I liked how it was able to be applied to the types of students we teach as well as ourselves."
Teacher, New York
"This seminar was filled with a wealth of helpful knowledge and practical applications for teachers. The instructor was friendly, engaging and relatable. She has a wealth of knowledge and provided examples that were relevant and helpful."
Teacher, New York
"Seminar was well organized and conducted. Material easy to understand and presented in a way that made it conducive for taking notes and planning for further implementation."
Behavior Interventionist, California
"Susan workshop was such a positive experience. She has a way with connecting with people and an ease with providing a lot of information in a tangible, helpful way. I would definitely recommend this seminar to others."
"I loved that we practiced a multitude of strategies which can be implemented at any grade level right away."
"The seminar was very informative and easy to incorporate into class quickly, without a lot of prep or disruption of learning time."
Teacher, Special Education, Illinois
""One of the best seminars I have been to in a very long time."
School Counselor, New Jersey
"I very much enjoyed the mindful based connections we can use in the classroom and with ourselves."
Teacher, Alberta CANADA
"Excellent seminar. I liked the interaction throughout and that the information was not just being spoken to us the entire time."