MELISSA (MISSY) BRADLEY-BALL, MS, NCC, BCETS, FAAETS, is a nationally recognized clinical educator, corporate consultant, and author with over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, providing individual, group, and family therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her extensive EMDR training (Level I, II, and specialized protocols) helped her become a trailblazer in the field of sexual trauma through a Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth model and she often trains personnel at medical/mental health agencies, universities, school systems, and other facilities. An in-demand Child Sexual Abuse Investigator and expert court witness, Mrs. Bradley-Ball has conducted seminars for more than 100,000 medical, behavioral health, law enforcement, educators, clergy, and military personnel, as well as members of the public throughout the U.S. and Canada. She was a primary speaker for the first National Conference on Post-Traumatic Growth in 2011.
Her frequent keynote addresses at regional and national conferences—as well as television and radio news broadcasts—have won her the Scripps Howard Award for Broadcasting Excellence, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and numerous other accolades. She is currently working on a PBS special about the heroic journey of children healing from divorce.