Donna Potter, LCSW, has worked with traumatized children and families since 1992 and has been an instructor for Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry since 2000. She is endorsed as a trainer by the developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She currently serves as the lead trainer and senior clinical faculty consultant for these two models for the NC Child Treatment Program at CCFH.
Throughout her more than 15 years at the Center for Child & Family Health, Ms. Potter has conducted forensic evaluations of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect, and has acted as an expert witness for the courts. She has provided consultation to the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse on issues of diagnosis and treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), including having co-written the clinical guidelines for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of RAD. She has provided training to child welfare using NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit and to community clinicians providing military-informed treatment to members of the military and their families through the Welcome Back Veterans Project. Ms. Potter spent two decades providing trauma treatment to children and their families, more than half of which was evidence-based trauma treatment, before shifting her focus completely to the dissemination of evidence-based treatment practices throughout North Carolina and the country.
Areas of Focus: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Early Childhood Attachment and Trauma, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, Assessment and Case Conceptualization