Rachel’s Biographical Information
You should know
I recently published a book “The Truths We Posted” and a workbook “It Takes Work: Burning Out, Recovering, and Beginning to Grow” (available on Amazon) and am actively working to complete several additional works for publication.
The Short and Sweet
My name is Rachel Pointer, I am an inspirational speaker, author, resilience coach, and anti-trafficking consultant. I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma, and service providers who work with individuals who have experienced complex trauma. My work centers around building up survivor leadership, developing trauma-ready response to human trafficking, and burnout recovery. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual exploitation, sexual assault, suicide, and domestic violence.
My work and passion is driven by my values, and what matters the most to me. Honoring the experiences of the person, the practice of full presence and honest gratitude, and healing creativity are my highest internal values. I work to remain in alignment with these values on a daily basis.
My Experiences and Qualifications
I have spent over 20 years working with children and families, many of whom have been involved in the juvenile justice system and child protective services. I have earned my Bachelor of Science in Youth Education with emphasis on Psychology, and my Master of Arts in Adult Education with emphasis on Counseling and Curriculum Development. I have also dedicated myself to continuing education and have earned several additional certifications to aid in Resilience Coaching. These certifications include Master Life Coach, Transformational Coaching, Forgiveness, Therapeutic Art, Speaking and Facilitation, Emotional Intelligence, Relationship Group, Mindfulness, and many others.
In my career, I have provided direct care for youth and children in crisis, in-home services for children and families, provided parenting education, supportive services for youth and families, training and continuing education for other social services professionals. I was a case manager and program consultant for a residential program for teenage boys involved in the juvenile justice system and assisted in the development of residential program for women who have experienced sexual exploitation and are in recovery from addiction. I started a volunteer-run organization to combat trafficking in the state of Nebraska, the work of the organization includes raising public awareness, legislative support, and creating space for survivors to participate in anti-trafficking work. I am also a founding member of a collaborative online space being designed to empower and encourage business owners who are also survivors.
I have had the great pleasure of working alongside organizations and agencies to support important anti-trafficking legislation, raise awareness of human trafficking, provide training and coaching to professionals, organize teams and events, and provide support for survivor leaders. I have had the honor of working with individuals and organizations in Nebraska, Iowa, and across the United States, and was selected as a recipient of the Midlands Business Journal’s 17th annual 40 Under 40 Awards. I have provided services for Salvation Army Wellspring Program, Office of Victims of Crime in Washington DC, US Attorney’s Office in Kansas, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers, HTI Labs, Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha, and many others.
I enjoy a wide variety of activities including gardening, writing, beadwork, artistic painting, watching Husker football and volleyball, woodworking, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. I love to learn new things, and challenge myself to do so daily.