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Karen Hangartner, LMSW

Project Director

Karen Hangartner, LMSW, is Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center at the National Children’s Advocacy Center. She has been with the National Children’s Advocacy Center since 2003, spending four years in the Prevention department before beginning work with the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. As Project Director for SRCAC, Karen is responsible for developing and delivering training for Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary teams across 16 states and the District of Columbia. She has conducted more than 200 trainings for MDTs and CACs in the Southern region. She also presents at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics including, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Teams, Team Functioning, Leading in a Multidisciplinary Environment, Grant Writing, and Conflict on Teams. She also works with regional and national partners on collaborative projects. Prior to joining the NCAC staff, Karen served as Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BS degree in Psychology from Athens State University and Masters in Social Work from The University of Alabama.