Karen Hangartner, LMSW, is Director of Professional Services 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, where she was Project Director for several years. Now, as Director of Professional Services for NCAC, Karen is responsible for the vision and strategy of all training and technical assistance efforts at NCAC. 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. 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.