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Components for Enhancing Career Experience and Reducing Trauma

NCAC Training Center


Brian Miller, Ph.D., provides training and consultation on topics of secondary trauma, trauma informed supervision, and implementation processes nationally and internationally. He is an individual member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and chaired the NCTSN Secondary Trauma Supervision Workgroup. He is the developer of the CE-CERT Model for intervening with Secondary Trauma in service providers and the Shielding Model of trauma-informed supervision, both of which have been published and disseminated across mental health and child welfare systems. His book, Reducing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Skills for Sustaining a Career in the Helping Professions was published in 2022.

Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., MA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oklahoma) and Project Director for the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Grant for Child Abuse Professionals at the National Children’s Advocacy Center. This national grant provides multi- and interdisciplinary TTA on child maltreatment to optimize professional development in the field. Mr. Widdifield has extensive experience providing TTA to child maltreatment professionals and has presented locally, nationally, and internationally with an emphasis on the research and treatment of youth with problematic sexual behavior. Mr. Widdifield is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Karen Hangartner, LMSW, is the Director of Professional Services at the National Children’s Advocacy Center. Karen is an experienced trainer, director, and leader. Driven by passion and loyalty, Karen has served in the CAC movement for 20 years. She has delivered hundreds of trainings across the nation, presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, and is a founding member of the STS Consortium making groundbreaking advances in the area of secondary traumatic stress in the CAC movement. Karen deeply believes that the CAC model is not only vital to a healthy community but has the power to fundamentally change our country and our world. Karen leads the Professional Services Department by casting strategic vision and ideation that improves services and effectiveness at NCAC. She keeps up to date with the ever-evolving CAC model to ensure all the services delivered are firmly grounded in research and data.

This project was supported by Award No. 2020-CI-FX-K001 awarded to the National Children’s Advocacy Center by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice or grant-making component.