Skip to main content

Verified by Psychology Today

Chris Prange-Morgan M.A., MSW


Chris Prange-Morgan, M.A., MSW, considers herself a student of all types of trauma. The adoption of her son in 2009 immersed her in issues of developmental trauma, which have continued to have a life-changing impact on her family. Prange-Morgan has sought to better understand collective and generational trauma and its effect on individuals after she suffered a life-changing accident in 2011 and became a trauma survivor herself. Prange-Morgan’s story has been featured on The Today Show, The Trauma Therapist Project, CBS, Milwaukee Magazine, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement website, and The Conversation Project. Her articles have appeared in Huffington Post, Living With Amplitude magazine, Able Outdoors, CPTSD Foundation, The Mighty, Elephant Journal, and Tiny Buddha.

Before becoming a parent, Prange-Morgan worked for more than 10 years as a mental health therapist and social worker with adults in the criminal justice system—most of whom had histories of trauma. She has a Master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago, a Certificate of advanced graduate study in pastoral counseling from Neuman College, and a Master of Arts in religious studies from Cardinal Stritch University. While these clinical degrees have been helpful, most of the knowledge and wisdom she has gained has come from her own life experience and learning to listen with a retrospective lens. Prange-Morgan gained the invaluable skill of sitting with painful emotions by providing clinical pastoral care to hospitalized patients. She sees them as vehicles to understanding.

Prange-Morgan has presented to an array of educational and healthcare institutions on the topics of trauma, disability, adoption, grief, and loss. She and her husband, Scott (a school psychologist), have a podcast and website, Full Catastrophe Parenting, dedicated to helping parents and professionals in the trenches of working with challenging family/life circumstances. Chris’ book, Full Catastrophe Parenting: Adoption, Disability, Trauma and Other Joys of Motherhood, is forthcoming.

Recent Posts