Dawn Poulterer Woods

Dawn Woods has been studying, teaching, counseling and writing for the last 20 years. From the time she was a child she was known for making up stories, talking to strangers and singing in the shower.

The human condition and the preservation of its beauty have become the platform for her interests. Dawn studies the world from the perspective of both psychology and theology. She acknowledges no divide between the secular and the spiritual realm and in light of that has vast interests that shape her talks. The whole world reveals how we are created to thrive, from the Gold Rush, to the humpback whale migration, to the towering Redwood trees.

Dawn is energized by the progress of human flourishing, both her speaking and coaching work to this end. From her perspective, we are under relentless assaults, tempting us towards meaninglessness. Wherever she is given a platform, Dawn pushes against the poverty of a small existence.

Dawn has her undergraduate degree in English from Messiah College and her master's degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She taught high school English, New Testament Survey and Faith in Culture for over a decade and loved every minute of it. Dawn has been employed as a counselor in both private practice as well as in the school system.

Over the last two decades she has worked with adolescents, families, college age individuals, children, couples, and sexual offenders. Creativity and hope set the tone for her work with those who are in significant life challenges.


In addition, Dawn is a speaker and family coach for ScreenStrong, a non-profit helping families with video game addiction and social media anxiety. 

Finally, Dawn has waited tables in some local restaurants and believes everyone should do the same at some point in their lives. According to her, she learned as much in a restaurant as she did in graduate school.