Michelle Howard, M.S., LPC is a Senior Faculty member at the Kempe Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect located at the University of Colorado. Michelle has over 17 years of experience in the field of child welfare and juvenile justice and more than 10 years of experience facilitating the professional development and continuous learning of staff across organizations serving children and families.
Prior to joining the Kempe Center, Michelle was the Training and Technical Assistance Specialist at the American Humane Association. During her tenure with American Humane, Michelle authored issue briefs and curricula to uphold best practices in the field and provided training, coaching and technical assistance in subject areas related to family group decision making; father engagement; leadership and child welfare supervision; domestic violence; differential response; and addressing race inequities in child welfare coupled with culturally responsive practice. Michelle has managed multiple projects involving the coordination of experts in the field to inform and disseminate information on effective strategies in child welfare practice. She has delivered trainings, provided consultation and/or coached in over thirty states across the country. Michelle’s direct child welfare practice experience was received while working at a county CPS agency in Colorado. Her experience includes providing therapy to children and families referred to the child protection system and serving as the principal trainer, mentor and facilitator for Family Group Conference services. Michelle also oversaw the Early Crisis Intervention Program developed to engage families up front in the decision-making process for safety, service and placement planning.
Michelle’s achievements include an appointment as Diversity Trainer for the State of Nebraska, serving on the Douglas County Nebraska LB 1184 Treatment Team, established to implement more effective procedures within the foster care system and serving on a Colorado State Domestic Violence Task Force created to coordinate the protection of children in domestic violence cases. Michelle was also selected as a trainer and faculty member for the National Child Welfare Leadership Institute. Michelle is a strong advocate for ensuring that professional expertise is joined with the experiential expertise of those served in a culturally responsive manner. Her mission is to support and impact holistic changes in the key areas that promote positive emotional and physical well-being and protection and permanency for all children by advancing knowledge, skills and overall professional development.
Michelle earned her Master's Degree in Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.