Role: National Authority Consultant
Areas of Expertise: Youth development, systems change, child welfare workforce development, behavioral support, trauma-responsive care, youth engagement, residential care
Years of Child Welfare Experience: 34
Jean Carpenter-Williams is currently a consultant and subject matter expert for the Center, where she focuses on product development, peer group services and facilitation, and Young Adult Consultant program support. Since 2005, Ms. Carpenter-Williams has served as the Director of Training Development at the University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services. In that role, she leverages her 34 years of expertise in the child welfare profession to develop training curricula aimed at the professional development of youth work professionals and provide national training and technical assistance in systems change, work force development, youth development, behavioral support, trauma responsive care, youth engagement, and residential care issues.
Ms. Carpenter-Williams participated in the development of several training curricula, including co-authoring Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Adolescent Development for the Center for the Study of Social Policy. She has worked to support the development of professionals in child welfare and youth services field with a focus on creating a healthy culture of care, reducing the use of seclusion and restraint, and including youth voice in all areas of service provision.
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