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Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Consultant, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW, has more than 19 years of clinical and administrative experience in child welfare and community-based mental health. Before joining the National Council, she was the division director of community services at SaintA in Milwaukee, Wisc. While at SaintA she was certified in the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and was integrally involved in SaintA’s journey to become a more trauma-informed organization. Johnson spearheaded the development and implementation of housing and supportive services for former foster youth and worked to strengthen systems serving this vulnerable population.

As the parent of an adult with severe and chronic mental illness, she brings a distinct perspective to mental health and addiction disorders work. With both professional and lived experience, she intimately understands the inherent challenges providers and organizations face and the significance of ensuring those affected by mental health challenges and addiction disorders and their families have access to and receive high-quality, trauma-informed services.

Johnson received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


Karen's Consulting & Training Services

The National Council’s Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care (TIROC) training and consulting practice has helped organizations in primary care, behavioral health, schools, community services, managed care and government settings achieve the quadruple aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and enhancing the work life of their staff.

Our expert team of thought leaders guides organizations as they implement multi-faceted initiatives focused on the foundation of TIROC to apply complex strategies that impact social needs and access to care.

Through a lens of cultural humility, diversity, equity and inclusion, we help organizations build a data-informed workforce, organizational and community resilience, trauma-informed supervision and leadership and eliminate gaps in implementation of organizational, systemic culture change. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site or virtually and can work hands-on with your implementation team.

Trauma-informed, Resilience-oriented Care Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT
  • Laura Leone, DSW, MSSW, LMSW
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF