Elda M. Dawber, LICSW, is a nationally known, award winning clinical social worker whose forty-plus-year professional career has been dedicated to working with children and adults victimized by childhood sexual abuse. She has treated families, contributed articles, and educated fellow professionals at local, regional, and national conferences on topics related to interpersonal violence, sexual harassment and bullying, compassion fatigue, personal safety, and LGBTQ youth. In 2010, she was honored to receive the NASW-RI Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field. Elda lives in Rhode Island with her wife and extended family.
Elda is an accomplished speaker, comfortable presenting before audiences both large and small. She has appeared on television talk shows and been interviewed by the press for a reaction to local events of interpersonal violence or trauma to children. She has contributed to articles about child sexual abuse in newsletters and local newspapers. Selected as one of thirty-five trainers nationwide by the National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL, Elda presented three-day training programs on child sexual abuse in a number of cities across the country. She was instrumental in bringing a children's advocacy center to RI, and has taught at the RI College School of Social Work.
With her novel, Wait Until I'm Dead!, Elda has expanded her mission beyond educating her fellow social service professionals. It is her hope that this novel will contribute to raising awareness across society as a whole and will result in a renewed effort to keep children safe in this troubled world, increase our capacity to truly listen to what children try to tell us, honor the courage it takes for them to do so, and then act appropriately to ensure that they receive the help they need.