Karen Johnson, LCSW
Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW, Director of Trauma-Informed Services at the National Council for Behavioral Health, has over 19 years of clinical and administrative experience in child welfare and community-based mental health. She joined the National Council in April 2014, after working at SaintA in Milwaukee in numerous roles; most recently, she served as the Division Director of Community Services. While at SaintA, Johnson became certified in the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and was integral to SaintA’s journey in becoming a more trauma-informed organization. Johnson spearheaded the development and implementation of housing and support services for former foster youth and worked to strengthen the systems serving this vulnerable population. As the parent of an adult child with severe and chronic mental illness, Johnson is passionate about helping move organizations towards trauma-informed approaches. With her combined professional and life experience, Johnson brings a distinct perspective to mental health and addiction disorders work.