Past Presentations

Brandy and Decca have been presenting together for over a decade throughout Virginia and beyond. Some of their past presentations are below. 


Knight, D. (May 2024) Keynote Speaker: Beyond Cognition: Working with the Breath and the Soma, Roanoke Area Counselors Association (ROACA), Roanoke, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (October 2023 - March 2024) Series on Becoming Trauma Informed, Roanoke City Government, Roanoke, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (June 2023 - March 2024) Series on Trauma Informed Education, Boys Home of Virginia, Covington, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (May 2023) Brain-Based Parenting, Child Health Investment Partnership, Roanoke, Virginia. 

Knight, D., (April 2023) Having Difficult Conversations with Children, Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (March 2023) Trauma-Informed Care, Roanoke City Schools McKinney Vento Program, Roanoke, Virginia. 

Knight, D. (November 2022) Breathwork, Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (November 2022) Mind Body Connection, Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (August and September 2022) Trauma Informed Care (8 hours of instruction), Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Roanoke, Virginia.  

Knight, D., Smith B. (June 2022) Maintaining Self: Self-Care for Providers Experiencing Secondary Trauma, Skills USA National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. (Featured Speakers)

Knight, D., Smith B. (June 2022) Trauma-Informed Education, Skills USA National Conference, Atlanta, Georigia. (Featured Speakers)

Knight, D. (May 2022) The Intersections of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Teen Pregnancy, Virginia Department of Health, Roanoke, VA.  

Knight, D., Smith B. (May 2022) Maintaining Self: Self-Care for Providers Experiencing Secondary Trauma, Children's Advocacy Centers of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.  

Knight, D., Smith B. (April 2022) Maintaining Self: Self-Care for Providers Experiencing Secondary Trauma, Virginia Department of Health, Roanoke, VA.   

Knight, D., Smith B. (March 2022) Maintaining Self: Self-Care for Providers Experiencing Secondary Trauma, Project HOPE Virginia State Conference, Staunton, VA.     

Knight, D., Smith B. (February 2022) Maintaining Self: Self-Care for Providers Experiencing Secondary Trauma, Virginia Education Association Summit on Racial and Social Justice, Honesty in Education. Virtual.          

Knight, D., Smith B. (January 2022 - Present) Created a 10 video training series for Blue Ridge Behavioral Health on various aspects of becoming trauma-Informed. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (November 2021) Mind-Body Connection, Virginia Education Association Instructional & Professional Development Conference, Richmond, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (November 2021) Maintaining Self: Self-Care for Providers Experiencing Secondary Trauma, Virginia Education Association Instructional & Professional Development Conference, Richmond, Virginia.                        

Knight, D., Smith B. (September 2021) Play and Expressive Art Therapies, Virginia Crimes Against Children Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (September 2021) Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care, Virginia Crimes Against Children Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Knight, D., Smith B. (September 2021) Mind-Body Connection, Virginia Crimes Against Children Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Knight, D. (July 2021) Mind-Body Connection, Trauma-Informed Educators Network Conference, International, Virtual.

 

Knight, D., Smith B., Steele, T (June 2021) Becoming Trauma-Informed, Roanoke Gun Violence Prevention Commission, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (June 2021) Trauma-Informed Education. Skills USA Conference, National, Virtual.

 

Knight, D. (June 2021) Becoming Trauma-Informed. Apple Ridge. Copper Hill, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (January 2021). Trauma-Responsive Parenting. Southwest Virginia Post Adoption Consortium. Virtual.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B (January 2021) Trauma-Informed Education. Alabama Dance Festival. Virtual.

 

Knight, D. (November 2020) Mind Body Connection: Helping Students with Body Dysregulation as a Result of Trauma. Virginia Counselors Association Annual Convention. Virtual.

 

Knight, D. (October 2020) Trauma-Informed Education. United Way Roanoke Valley. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (December 2019) Working with Individuals With a Trauma History. Rescue Mission Roanoke. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D., Smith, B., & Steele, T. (November 2019) Trauma-Informed: A School District’s Journey to Fostering Connections. Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Homestead, VA.

 

Knight, D. (September 2019) Trauma-Informed Care. Southwest Virginia Vendor Fair. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (August and September 2019) Trauma in the Classroom. Administrators Training. Tazewell County Public Schools.  Tazewell, VA.

 

Knight, D. (August 2019) Trauma in the Classroom. Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) Early Head Start Conference. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D., Smith, B., Steele, T., & Strother, M. (July 2019) Trauma-Informed: A District’s Journey to Fostering Connections. Trauma-Informed Educators Network Conference, Nashville, TN.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (June 2019) Trauma in the Classroom. Administrators Training (85 schools). Mobile, AL.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (May 2019) Trauma and Teaching: Facilitating Change through Addressing Teachers’ Experiences, Mindset, and Process of Self-Reflection. Virginia Cross Sector of Professional Development Conference. Charlottesville, VA.

 

Smith, B (April, 2019) Perspectives on Introducing ACEs and “Trauma 101” to Communities, Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience. Richmond, VA.

 

Smith, B. (March, 2019) Trauma in the Classroom, Virginia School Board Association Hot Topics Conference. Abingdon, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (February & March, 2019) Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood, Numerous Preschool Sites, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (January 2019) Working With Individuals With a Trauma History (6 hours), Rescue Mission of Roanoke (homeless and addiction services), Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (September 2018) Trauma and Resiliency in Toddlers and Preschool Students, Smart Beginnings of the Greater Roanoke Valley Fall Conference (United Way), Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (September 2018) Trauma and the Brain in Toddlers and Preschool Students, Smart Beginnings of the Greater Roanoke Valley Fall Conference (United Way), Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (August 2018) Counseling for Traumatized Students. Roanoke City Schools. School Counselors. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (August 2018) Trauma in the Classroom. Staff of 5 Roanoke City Elementary Schools. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (July 2018) Trauma in the Classroom. Botetourt County Schools Professional Development (Training for every administrator and teacher in the county). Bonsack, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (June 2018) Trauma in the Classroom. Roanoke City Schools Administrative Retreat. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (May 2018) Trauma in Children. Greenvale School. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (April 2018) Beginning to Build Resiliency. United Way of the Roanoke Valley. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (April 2018) Trauma in Children.  Botetourt County Schools. Botetourt, VA.

 

Knight, D. (December 2017) Parenting the Special Needs Child. Carilion Children’s Conference. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (October 2017) Trauma: Anatomy, Symptoms, and Advocacy. Best Practice Matters Seminar. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (January 2017) Parenting Children Impacted by Trauma. Roanoke County Department of Social Services. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (December 2016) The Neurobiology of Trauma and Its Impact on Children. CASA In-Service. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (December 2016) The Neurobiology of Trauma and Its Impact on Children. Carilion Pediatric Conference. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (September 2016) Emotional Regulation Across the Lifespan. HPRIII Conference. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (April & May 2016) Three part series (7.5 hours.) Trauma’s Impact on Children: The Impact of Trauma and Poor Attachment on the Neurobiology and Behavioral Patterns of Children. Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (December 2015) Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Impact of Trauma and Poor Attachment on the Neurobiology and Behavioral Patterns of Children & Strategies to Promote Emotional Regulation. Mount Rogers Community Service Board, Wytheville, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (November 2015) Adverse Childhood Experiences: Helping Parents Emotionally Attune with their Child. Virginia Counselors Association Conference. Hot Springs,  VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (August 2015) The Impact of Trauma and Poor Attachment on the Neurobiology and Behavioral Patterns of Children. Roanoke County Public Schools. Roanoke,  VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (February 2015) Trauma’s Impact on Children. Roanoke County

Department of Social Services. Salem, VA.

 

Knight, D. (February 2015) The Neurobiology of Trauma. Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. (February 2015) Helping Parents Help Themselves with Love and Logic. Continuing Medical Education Class, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. (May 2014) Keynote Speaker: Fostering Strong Roots, Roanoke City Department of Social Services Foster Parent Dinner, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (March 2014) A Brief Overview of Theraplay, Highlands Community Services, Abingdon, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (March 2014) Two Part Series - Cultivating Emotional Regulation (5 hours total). Roanoke City Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (January, February, March, and April 2014) Four Part Series - Trauma’s Impact on Children (11 hours total). Roanoke County Department of Social Services. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith, B. (February 17, 2014) Trauma and Attachment Therapies for Children. Trauma Informed Practice Seminar. Hosted by Roanoke City Department of Social Services and Children’s Trust. Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (October 2013) Creative Approaches in School Counseling. Virginia

Association for School Counselors Fall Forum. Abingdon, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (September 2013) Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and

Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. K.I.D.S Group, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (August 2013) Expressive Arts Techniques for Counselors. In-service,

Buchanan County Schools, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (August 2013) Trauma’s Impact on Children. In-service, Roanoke

County Schools, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (April 2013) Children and Trauma, Promoting Understanding and

Awareness Among Schools and Families. Roanoke Area Counselors Association Forum,

Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (March 2013) Childhood Trauma: Understanding the Impact of

Adversity on Children. Southwest Virginia Counselors Forum, Abingdon, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (February 2013) Trauma’s Impact on Children. Roanoke City and

County Department of Social Services, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2012) Children and Trauma, Promoting Understanding and

Awareness Among Schools and Families. Virginia Counselors Association Conference, Fredericksburg, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2012) Working with At-risk Children. In-service, Buchanan

County Schools, 90 special area teachers, Grundy, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2012) Working with Children Affected by Trauma and

Insecure Attachments. In-service, Wytheville High School, Wytheville, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (November 2011) Trauma in Children. In-service, W.E. Cundiff

Elementary School, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (September 2011) Trauma in Children. In-service, Roanoke County

Public Schools Elementary School Principals, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. & Smith B. (August 2011) Trauma in Children. In-service, Roanoke County Public

Schools Elementary School Counselors, Roanoke, VA.

 

Knight, D. (November 2011-present)  Love and Logic® courses for parents and teachers.