Chris Prange-Morgan


Speaker, Advocate, Coach, Mentor

Hope Monger & Recovering Idealist (yes, both of these!)

New Book Available!

Prange-Morgan’s journey of healing, both in mind and body, paralleled her son’s journey toward emotional health, connection with others, and maturity. Living and working through trauma can give us a unique perspective and teach us grace and compassion. Prange-Morgan’s inspirational story is a testament to the power of human resilience and inextinguishable hope.


Chris Prange-Morgan, M.A., MSW, considers herself a student of all types of trauma. Before becoming a parent to her children, Chris worked for more than 10 years as a mental health professional and social worker with adults in the criminal justice system. 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. 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. Her story has been featured on The Today ShowThe Trauma Therapist Project, CBS, Milwaukee Magazine, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement website, and The Conversation Project. She has been interviewed on numerous podcasts, and her articles have appeared in several publications, including Psychology TodayThe Huffington PostAble Outdoors, and Living With Amplitude magazine. She and her husband have coached parents and professionals in the trenches of working with challenging life and family circumstances. 

“Chris’ Broken Brave and Bittersweet is shockingly painful, honest and raw.  In these days of viewing parenthood and life through the lens of our social media “highlight reels,” Chris’ story is one that validates the struggle of motherhood while embodying resiliency and dedication despite overwhelming adversity.  Her growth and inner wisdom are the diamonds that emerge in these pages, and Chris’ book is like a balm for anyone that’s endured unrelenting struggle.”  

Elizabeth Bartasius (Author of The Elegant Out2017 She Writes Press)

“Chris Prange-Morgan’s, Broken, Brave & Bittersweet, is an unflinching examination of trauma healing as well as recovery from losses both expected and surprising. Readers will find themselves quickly immersed in Prange-Morgan’s wise, compassionate, and even humorous narrative as she physically and emotionally confronts her life-changing injury while reexamining what it means to parent adopted children with extraordinary needs. Life takes all of us down unexpected paths—Broken, Brave & Bittersweet is an excellent guide for the journey.”

Joanne Nelson, Author of This is How We Leave.

“Chris Prange-Morgan writes with honesty, wisdom, and insight about the unexpected curves that life throws at all of us. Her story is relatable to anyone who’s ever had to change course suddenly, make new plans on the fly, or grow into a role they never dreamed they’d have to play.”

-Larry Borowsky, editor, Amplitude Magazine

“Chris is one of those preciously rare people who has been able to take the tragedies in her life and use them to grow herself personally, build community for others working through their own struggles, and serve as an amazing friend and role model for those of us who just happened to be lucky enough to cross paths with her. She is achingly honest on bad days and brilliantly joyful on good days; always truthful, passionate and real. Her story has lessons for all of us.”

-Dr. Tina Stoeckmann, Clinical Professor, Neurologic Residency Academic Coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University

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