Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, director of children and trauma-informed services at the National Council for Behavioral Health, has nearly 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in community-based mental health. She has worked in the field of behavioral health at all levels, including practitioner, supervisor, national technical assistance provider and research professor and has also held positions in quality improvement and state government policy.
In May 2016, Henderson-Smith joined the National Council after working as the director of mental health planning and policy at the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. While at Georgetown, she helped develop training regarding trauma-informed systems, especially for people with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders.
Prior to working at Georgetown, Dr. Henderson-Smith worked at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in numerous roles, including director of the Office of Children, Young Adults and Families. While in that role, she spearheaded the implementation of a high fidelity wraparound process, care management services and mobile crisis services throughout the state. Dr. Henderson-Smith also worked with other state agencies to strengthen the service systems for vulnerable populations.
As a trauma survivor herself, she is passionate about helping organizations and systems move towards becoming more trauma-informed.