Parent Professionals: Vicarious Trauma, Parenting, & Prevention

Includes a Live Event on 10/27/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

Professionals who work in the child sexual exploitation and related fields often hold a view of the world that is altered by our professional experience. For those of us who are also parents, this vicarious trauma can profoundly impact how we raise our own children. Join experts from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Children’s Advocacy Center for an interactive virtual discussion about the latest research about the impact of vicarious trauma on parenting and other family relationships. We will also discuss how your agency can help employees and Multidisciplinary Team members discuss these issues and build resiliency as a team. We will also discuss how to turn our experience into prevention messages for our own children and the community that are protective but not hypervigilant. 

Susan Kennedy

Prevention Program Manager

Susan Kennedy joined NCMEC in 2018. As the Prevention Program Manager Susan is responsible for driving the implementation of NCMEC’s prevention education programs in line with current trends and best practices in the field. Prior to working at NCMEC, Susan worked for almost ten years at the Center for Alexandria’s Children where she conducted child forensic interviews, coordinated the Child Advocacy Center Program and oversaw the development of a community-based prevention program for young children and families. Susan holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from William and Mary and a Ed.M. degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. 

Karen Hangartner

National Children’s Advocacy Center

Karen Hangartner, LMSW, is Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC) at the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC).  She holds a BS degree in Psychology from Athens State University and Masters in Social Work from The University of Alabama.  She has been with the National Children’s Advocacy Center since 2003, spending four years in the Prevention department before beginning work with the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center.  As Project Director for SRCAC, Karen is responsible for developing and delivering training for Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary teams across 16 states and the District of Columbia. She has conducted more than 200 trainings for MDTs and CACs in the Southern region, including presentations at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics including, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Teams, Team Functioning, Healthy Organizational Cultures, and Conflict on Teams. She also works with regional and national partners on collaborative projects.

Susan Braze (Moderator)

Office Manager/Training Team

Susan joins NCMEC with over 5 years of non-profit administration and event experience from her time at the Chicago-based organization Cures Within Reach. She loves being a part of a small but impactful team and contributing to a mission that matters. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Columbia College Chicago and has performed on the stages of The Second City, Gorilla Tango, and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. She also has over 16 years of barista experience under her belt, and can foam a cappuccino like nobody's business. Susan is a proud vegan, runner, and animal lover.

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Parent Professionals: Vicarious Trauma, Parenting, & Prevention
10/27/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/27/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Professionals who work in the child sexual exploitation and related fields often hold a view of the world that is altered by our professional experience. For those of us who are also parents, this vicarious trauma can profoundly impact how we raise our own children. Join experts from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Children’s Advocacy Center for an interactive virtual discussion about the latest research about the impact of vicarious trauma on parenting and other family relationships. We will also discuss how your agency can help employees and Multidisciplinary Team members discuss these issues and build resiliency as a team. We will also discuss how to turn our experience into prevention messages for our own children and the community that are protective but not hypervigilant.