Anita P. Barbee, MSSW, Ph.D. is Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville. Dr. Barbee’s child welfare practice was on the Medically Fragile Team in an urban child welfare office. In addition, Dr. Barbee has developed and evaluated training on such topics as Solution Based Casework, Clinical Supervision, and Impact of Poverty and Race on Child Maltreatment. Dr. Barbee is also a lead evaluator for the Children’s Bureau funded Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) and is the local evaluator for one of the Resilience Alliance testing sites. In the area of trauma, Dr. Barbee ran a Multidisciplinary Assessment Center for the Family Courts that focused on the most traumatic child welfare cases in the mid- 2000s, was an early adopter of Resilience Alliance in a traumatized agency in Kentucky from 2011-2013, was Co-Developer and Co-Chair of the Multidisciplinary Symposium on Childhood Trauma in Louisville from 2012-2015, was PI on a project from 2015-2017 to enhance trauma informed practices in juvenile detention centers, Family Court, Juvenile Court and related criminal justice environments, and is Co-PI on the SAMHSA funded Center for Promoting Recovery and Resilience of Traumatized Children and Youth from 2012-2021. She regularly trains child welfare directors, supervisors and front line staff in California, Kentucky and Oklahoma and has given over 375 workshops, presentations and keynote address in professional conferences over the past 35 years. Beyond presentations, Dr. Barbee has published 160 pieces in professional journals/books.



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