Kay Connors, LCSW-C, University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Program Director of the Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study/Secure Starts and Project Director of the FITT Center, has over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker working with traumatized children and their families. Ms Connors has provided mental health treatment to children and families in a variety of settings, including hospital, residential treatment, private practice and clinic, home, school-based programs. Her work has largely focused on the impact and recovery from trauma and family violence. Ms Connors has directed programs, supervised staff, participated in outcome research as well as trained students and audiences locally and nationally. She has extensive expertise in working with both legal and social service agencies and currently facilitates the Maryland Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Committee. Ms Connors served as the Program Director for the University of Maryland's Center for Families Care Clinic, a grant funded program for maltreated children and their families, and she was a senior managing clinician at the Kennedy Krieger Family Center and the Program Director at Hopewell Cancer Support Program. Ms. Connors has also contributed to the scientific literature in child maltreatment serving as co-author on several peer-reviewed publications as well as co-authoring three chapters on group therapy with traumatized children. She has been trained in evidenced-based trauma treatments for children and preschoolers.
Trauma and preschool mental health interventions, effective family mental health interventions
Early childhood mental health, trauma and family interventions
Grants and Contracts:
Project Director of a 4 year, $2.4 million SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant to form the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (or FITT) Center. The FITT Center will develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate family interventions for underserved urban families and military families experiencing chronic trauma and stress.
Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program to train master-level clinicians in core knowledge of early childhood mental health assessment and intervention.
Koverola, C., Murtaugh, C., Reeves, G., Connors, K., & Pappas, M.(2007). Children exposed to intra-familial violence: Predictors of Attrition and Retention in Treatment. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 14(4).
Connors, K. M., Schamess, G., Strieder, F. (1997) Children's Treatment Groups. In J.R. Brandell (ed.) Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work. New York: The Free Press.
Connors, K.M., Schamess, G. (1999) Traumatized and Neglected Children. In C.E. Schaefer (ed.) Short Term Psychotherapy Groups for Children: Adapting Group Processes for Specific Problems. New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc.
England, S., Connors, K.M. (2003) Group work with sexually abused children. In G. Greif and P. Ephross (Eds.) Group Work with Populations at Risk. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.