Brenda Yoder

Brenda Yoder


Brenda Yoder is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's in Education. A former teacher and school counselor, Brenda is currently a life coach, consultant, and has a small private counseling practice. As a school counselor, Brenda has worked 
in a large, multicultural public school in addition to small, rural schools. As a mental health counselor, she’s worked with families and children in foster care and those suffering from domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse. She often speaks to teens and preteens on identity, social media, and boundaries. She has worked with Amish women who have been abused and has authored a book for Amish girls to prepare them for the dangers of rumspringa. She has authored curriculum for families in foster care and on teen dating violence and is a parenting columnist for several online magazines. Brenda's book releases in 2015 included Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All  and Who Do You Say I Am?, a resource for teen girls. Brenda has a mental health column in her local paper, has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Reboot Your Life, and the Washington Post and is a regular contributor to the Purpose devotional magazine. Her platform as a writer and speaker is Life Beyond the Picket Fence: Life, faith, and parenting beyond the storybook image. She is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

Brenda specializes in the following training opportunities for church leaders, community leaders, camp staff, youth workers, school staff, parents, teens, and kids:

  • General awareness
  • Sermons
  • Policies and practices
  • Circle of Grace
  • Preparing youth for working in nursery or teaching classes
  • Teen dating violence
  • Youth groups
  • Boundaries
  • Positive discipline
  • Parent response after abuse is reported
  • Listening to your “gut” regarding inappropriate behavior
  • What “grooming” looks like
  • A child’s curiosity or predatory behavior?
  • Parent awareness: how to teach your child about abuse prevention
  • Assertiveness training for kids, teens, and parents
  • Social media safety for kids and teens (and parents)
  • Responses to sex offenders
  • Porn, sex-trafficking, and sexual abuse: where it starts and how it’s tied together
  • Bullying and intimidation
  • Shame and blame
  • Children’s stories

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