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Diane Baird

Instructor of Pediatrics


Diane Baird is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in Child Welfare.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and earned her MSW from Tulane University Graduate School of Social Work in 1981.

Diane’s first training as a young caseworker in Dallas County, Texas was a 3 day workshop offered by the Kempe Center.  Among the handouts was a booklet entitled “Working with Abusive Parents from a Psychiatric Point of View,”   by Dr. Brandt Steele, which has been the foundation of her clinical work.  Fast forward 10 years, and Diane was in Denver and working at the Kempe Center, and in weekly supervision with Drs. Brandt Steele and Ruth Kempe.

Diane was employed at Kempe from 1986 – 1998; during that time she worked on the Family Evaluation Team, did a little training, and eventually worked for Dr. David Olds as a program manager for Home Visitation 2000.  She left that position for private practice, but continued to work with colleagues at the Center.  She returned to full time employment in the Training, Education, and Consultation Program at the Kempe Center in 2008; Diane writes curricula, provides training for CDHS and the State Judicial Office, and collaborates with other states in the region to develop and offer training to child welfare staff.  At the Kempe Center Diane is also involved in various clinical activities including Parent-Child Interactional Evaluation, family and individual psychotherapies, and clinical supervision.  Diane Co-directs the State and Regional Team (START), a multidisciplinary consultation group that has reviewed complex cases of child maltreatment, from a civil and/or criminal perspective, for over 20 years; cases may be referred from Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, or other states in the region.

Diane is endlessly intrigued by the complexities of parent-child relationships.  Her clinical work involves parent – child interactional evaluations, infant mental health, child and family therapy, therapeutic visitation, and post adoptive intervention.  Diane’s interest in attachment and early childhood development is central to her clinical work.  For 15 years Diane has worked at the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment in the Growth and Parenting clinic.

She is devoted to sharing what she has learned and regularly teaches at gatherings of all disciplines, including caseworkers, county attorneys, Guardians ad Litem, CASA volunteers, university classes, Law students, visitation specialists, therapists…just about anybody who asks! 

She has never had a boring day at work.