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Amber Nicole Warner

Warner, Amber

Amber N. Warner is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over 25 years of experience. She has had the privilege of serving as a community school-based case manager, school social worker, medical social worker, and behavioral health therapist. As a school social worker, she served low-income children and their families that were exposed to community violence, drug and alcohol abuse, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, systemic racism, and other traumas. She was part of the schoolwide leadership teams for Modern Red School House and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Systems Team. She facilitated K-6 monthly classroom discussions utilizing Second Step and Character Counts curriculums. Amber has certifications in a TEAM Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Dr. David Burns, Stanford University), trauma-informed care for families and youth (National Clearinghouse), is a Duke Patient Safety Officer (Dr. Bryan Sexton, Duke University) and completed UC Berkeley’s The Greater Good Science Center’s Summer Institute for Educators in 2019.

One of Amber’s most memorable and fundamental work experiences has been serving as a program manager for the Champaign Urbana’s Children Defense Fund’s Freedom School Summer Program in Danville, IL, which is a multigenerational program that aims to enrich the academic, social emotional health and wellbeing of participants and their families.

Amber co-authored Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole Staff Approach with Victoria Romero and Ricky Robertson. She is a sought-after public speaker for her unique perspective of self-care, resilience and the human service provider, combining the medical and educational institutions.

As a therapist she utilizes a strength-based, trauma-informed approach rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, utilizing positive psychology and systems theory for children and adults to rapidly recover from trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Amber is committed and passionate about sharing new tools and strategies with her clients to create and live their best selves and improve their overall quality of life.

Amber is a graduate of Hampton University and Portland State University’s School of Social Work. She currently resides in Northern California. She enjoys learning new things, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Her website is

Areas of expertise
  • Social Work
  • Behavior Management
  • Trauma-informed care


Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (2 or 4 Days):

Participants will deepen their understanding of the impact of ACEs and trauma on students’ learning and behavior. Research has shown that ACEs and trauma affect a child’s brain development, cognition, behavior, and social-emotional development. By building our knowledge of the impact of ACEs, we strengthen our “why,” or the reason that we engage in this work, while gaining insights that make us more effective school professionals. School-wide systems that engage the entire staff to create a universal culture of compassion and achievement can provide students with consistent support, structure, and nurturance.

  • Expand your capacity to foster resilience and success for your students and yourself.
  • Learn strategies for cultivating self-awareness, growth mindset, resiliency, and self-care
  • Develop multi-tiered strategies to support the behavioral, social-emotional, and academic success of all students, especially those impacted by ACEs and trauma
  • Develop action plans to implement a multi-tiered trauma-informed framework in schools


What People are Saying...

"After participating in workshops, classes or meetings with Amber you will leave with a renewed sense of purpose and drive. I have had the pleasure of working with Amber for over ten years in a variety of professional settings and circumstances. Her vast knowledge of education/ special education, mental health, community organizing, family support and advocacy and wraparound / systems of care services made her workshops both enlightening and empowering. Her strength based presentation style along with her low key but passionate and extremely knowledgeable “best practice” messages left participants with a sense of new possibilities for the children and families they served."

- Vernessa Gipson, LCSW, MSW, Brandeis University, MA

"Amber is a thoughtful and confident speaker and is always well prepared to speak on important topics. She takes time to know her audience and as a result inspires participants to their core. Amber is a fresh, inspirational speaker who is always self aware and reflective about the information she shares. I wouldn’t hesitate to invite her to present on any topic she chooses."

- Colleen F. Winters, Clinical Navigator at St. Helena Hospital, CA

“This workshop series was wonderful, relevant and hugely impactful for the population we want to better serve. Ricky and Amber make a great team. They are very knowledgeable and were able to share from a wealth of experiences they have had.”

- West Des Moines Community School District, IA

"Ricky, Amber and Victoria delivered a three-day workshop and it was absolutely phenomenal. They were engaging and created a space where participants could dive into the material in a way that left them understanding not only how trauma effects our students but also inspired to make change. Several participants noted how it was the best professional development they have ever attended."

~ David Fendel, Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning, Contra Costa County Office of Education, CA