CCDSS First Annual Adoption Conference
Teaming Up to Adopt
November 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Julie Handsford

Julie Hansford is a licensed clinical social worker with the Center for Child and Family Health, Post Adoption Support Services. She received her BSW from Meredith College and her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked at the Center for Child and Family Health, a consortium of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a non-profit organization, since 2008.

She conducts comprehensive trauma-informed mental health assessments for children within adoptive families and provides evidence-based treatments to address trauma symptoms and oppositional behaviors in children. Julie completed extensive training in adoption competency and is rostered as an adoption clinician with The Center for Adoption and Support Education. She is also a rostered Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Julie facilitates the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) trauma-informed parenting workshop, “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma,” for foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers in multiple counties across North Carolina and trains facilitators of this curriculum.

Additionally, Julie has previous work experience in child protective services, law enforcement following up with families with children that experienced violent crime, shaken baby prevention, domestic violence, and adult self-sufficiency. While away from work, Julie enjoys spending time with her teenaged daughter and is an animal rescue enthusiast.

Workshop Topics:
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents
Becoming a Trauma Detective: An Overview on the Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma Curriculum

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