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Midshipmen Development Center

Karen Taylor, LCSW-C

Karen Taylor is a Clinical Social Worker serving as the subject matter expert on trauma and sexual assault at the Midshipmen Development Center. Karen’s involvement in the trauma field began as an undergraduate at Harvard, where she joined and eventually co-directed a peer counseling group dedicated to sexual assault and relationship violence issues. As a History and Literature concentrator in the Russia field, Karen wrote her undergraduate thesis on women’s traumatic experiences under Stalin. Karen received her MSW at the Smith College School for Social Work, where her master’s thesis, “‘Prevention Starts at Home:’ Mapping the Discourse Parents who Work in Sexual Assault-Related Fields Create with their Children about Sexual Assault,” was awarded the Eleanor Clark Thesis Prize for 2012.

Karen has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient and residential treatment at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, community mental health, and, most recently, as a trauma therapist at TurnAround, Inc., a non-profit agency providing cost-free therapy and advocacy services for victims/survivors of sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and human sex trafficking in Baltimore City and County. Karen has also been involved as volunteer with The Monument Quilt, a project of Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, that is seeking to create public healing space for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Karen’s professional interests include effective prevention of sexual and relationship violence, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness/meditation, intersectionality, and social justice. Karen is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of the impact, treatment, and prevention of trauma in presentations and trainings.

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