Shame or Shameless Podcast
Episode 6

Shame or Shameless Podcast and "Rapping Dad" Derek Clark talk on childhood trauma, troubled youth and Derek's breakthrough!

Christopher Felice published on

Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child Derek suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age five. His 13 years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled. Eventually, with the help of loving foster parents, a fantastic social worker and mentors, he defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him.  

Today, Derek is known as an inspiring speaker, trainer and the author of seven books including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek has inspired organizations worldwide through his message of resilience, redemption, hope, courage and his unwavering perseverance. Derek recently was awarded the 2018 SOS International Foster Care Award through SOS Children's Village where they are located in 134 countries helping and protecting children. 

Derek is known as the number 1 speaker in the world on childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences. He has been a featured expert on many television shows, some which include CNN Headline News, The Steve Harvey TV Show, The Ricki Lake TV Show and many others around the world. Recently, Derek has become a viral video sensation for his “Rapping Dad” videos with over 250 million views. 

Find access to all of Derek's work at the following links. 


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