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Barbara Ryan, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, is a graduate of the School of Social Work, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has worked in the field of social work field since 1971. Ms. Ryan was the Director of Clinical Services at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families within Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, California, for 19 years. In her director position, she oversaw the Trauma Counseling Program which provides advocacy and trauma-focused therapy services to child maltreatment victims and their families, including children who have experienced trauma in the form of child abuse and maltreatment, community and domestic violence, school violence, natural disasters, and medical trauma.

While at the Chadwick Center, Ms. Ryan was instrumental in obtaining numerous grants that enabled families to receive a range of counseling and advocacy services.  These funding agencies included the federal Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, the California Office of Emergency Services, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (making the Chadwick Center part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network). The Trauma Counseling Program has been a leader in the field of assessment-based treatment in California. Its protocol for assessment-based treatment has been a model for other programs. The Center is involved in collaborative efforts to identify and disseminate best therapy practices for child maltreatment victims.

Ms. Ryan was a member of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board’s Peer Review Committee and Standards of Care Task Force. She was also a Program Representative on the California State Sexual Assault Advisory Committee within the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. She also served as a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Steering Committee.  Ms. Ryan is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University.