Karen Johnson, LCSW

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Senior Director of Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW, Senior Director of Trauma-Informed Services at the National Council for Behavioral Health, provides consultation, training and technical assistance to organizations, systems and communities to heighten awareness of the impact and prevalence of trauma and to advance the adoption of trauma-informed approaches.  Karen is passionate about the National Council’s work with schools striving to become trauma-sensitive and is the lead on the agency’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente to create a change package for advancing trauma-informed approaches within the primary care setting.  Karen’s work prior to the National Council includes over 19 years of clinical and administrative experience in child welfare and community-based mental health at SaintA in Milwaukee, WI.  Karen is also the parent of an adult child with severe and chronic mental illness.  With her joined professional and lived experiences, Karen brings a distinct perspective to mental health, addictions and recovery work across organizations, systems and communities.

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