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Sammi Rader

Sammi Rader has a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Psychology with
a minor in Dance Education. Sammi currently serves as a consultant and Advisory
Panel member for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD). Sammi is grateful for
her service with YPAD because it allows the opportunity to combine both of her
passions in life: dance and advocating for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Throughout her career, Sammi has single handedly witnessed the trauma and untold
harm that sexual and domestic abuse, harassment, and/or exploitation causes.
Unfortunately, a child’s voice often goes unheard and adult survivors are judged based
upon the myths and stereotypes that exist in our society. YPAD is offering a platform
where voices can be heard and stereotypes can be shattered.
Sammi has over fifteen years’ experience working with survivors and offenders of
sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, and stalking. She is skilled in providing
Trauma Informed Therapy and Interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength
Based Therapy, and engagement techniques and conflict resolution to men, women,
adolescents, and children. Sammi has specific experience developing individualized
assessments, client contracts, and safety plans to accommodate individuals
experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and/or mental
illness. Sammi has facilitated teen dating violence education/training as well as child
abuse forums and family violence conferences. During her career, Sammi has served
on various community task forces and councils such as:  Family Violence Coordinating
Council, Violent Crime Task Force, and Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
Sammi has also served as the community representative and agency liaison for local
Police Departments, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, Departments of Social
Services, mental health agencies, children’s advocacy centers, attorneys, domestic
violence service providers and batterer’s intervention programs.
Sammi is employed as a therapeutic day treatment counselor with National Counseling
Group and is in the process of pursuing licensure to become a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker. Sammi is also a dance instructor/choreographer at Divine Dance Center in
Roanoke, Virginia where she has 20 years’ experience as a dance instructor and
choreographer. She currently directs the Hip Hop dance program at Divine Dance
Center and also teaches combo classes, jazz, contemporary, and choreographs for the
competitive dance company.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, October 7
 

9:30am EDT