San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Karen Williams, MSSW, is a writer and speaker known for her ability to explain the latest neuroscience and apply it to real life. Her current focus is on three areas: brain development and behavior; the impact of substances, stress, trauma and traumatic brain injury on development and behavior; and the developmental readiness of youth to protect themselves. Her presentations and workshops are based on the research of Drs. Jay Giedd, Paul Thompson, Bruce Perry, Karyn Purvis, David Cross, Vincent Felitti, Robert Anda, H. Scott Swartzwelder, Aaron White, Michael De Bellis, Susan Tapert, Sandra Brown, Linda Chang, Nora Volkow, Mickey Collins, Mark Lovell and other leaders in the field of brain and youth studies. She is the developer of the brain-based SAMHSA Model Program curriculum Protecting You/Protecting Me, and the "brain-friendly and trauma-informed" Positive Behavior in School and Society (PBSS),a joint project of Rainbow Days, Inc. and AT&T. She is the recipient of the2012 Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Prism Award, a former member of the Dallas Commission for Children and Youth (DCCY), a consultant to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC), a project of American Institute of Research (AIR), and a frequent conference speaker.
In addition to providing education on this important topic she will also engage family, youth advocates, Juvenile Correction staff, and community providers in community conversations that highlight how to use this information to change practices and become trauma-informed.
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Services incorporate youth and family perspective through partnerships with Maine Alliance of Family Organizations, Youth MOVE Maine and individuals with lived experiences in behavioral health, juvenile justice, child welfare and special education systems.
THRIVE is Maine’s graduated System of Care, and receives funding from Maine’s Department of Corrections Divison of Juvenile Services and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.