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Ep. 39 The Role of Social Services: w/ Debbie Powell, LCSW

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  This episode kicks off a month long awareness campaign to educate ourselves about the agencies in our communities that work all year long in the prevention of abuse and protection of children.  During this episode, we interview, Debbie Powell, Director of Franklin Co (VA) Department of Social Services.  Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in the child welfare field with much of her career spent in various roles in Departments of Social Services in Virginia.  

During this interview Debbie shares her expertise in child welfare to cover topics such as:

  • Statistics regarding child abuse

  • The role of the Department of Social Services in preventing child abuse

  • The role of the Family Specialist

  • Barriers to meeting the needs of the community

  • Considerations for community mental health professionals when collaborating with Departments of Social Services

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