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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 care initiatives have helped hundreds of organizations across the country map out and execute a plan for delivering trauma-informed care. National Council trauma experts can help you devise and implement a complete A-Z trauma-informed care plan for your organization. They help you address board and leadership buy-in, workforce training, practice changes and guidelines, community awareness and outcomes measurement. Our experts are available for short- and long-term consulting and training engagements at your site and can work hands-on with your core implementation team. Addressing trauma helps your organization improve the quality and impact of your behavioral health services, increase safety for all, reduce no-shows, enhance client engagement and avoid staff burnout and turnover.

Trauma-informed Services Consultants:

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D. LPC
  • Laura Leone, DSW
  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT
  • Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF
  • Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
  • Pamela Black, MA