U-M's Faller receives lifetime award

The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) recently presented an Outstanding Service Award to the University of Michigan's Dr. Kathleen Coulborn Faller in recognition of her lifetime achievements in the area of child welfare. Dr. Faller's tremendous contributions to the field include research, clinical work, teaching, training, and writing. The honor came at the 27th National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Ala.

Dr. Faller received the prestigious award at the Symposium's annual awards luncheon with 1,200 in attendance. The criteria for the Outstanding Service Awards is based on the pioneering work that began with the formation of the National Children's Advocacy Center in 1985 and revolutionized the way America responds to child sexual abuse. The honors are intended to recognize professionals who have made a significant positive contribution to services that address child abuse and exploitation in their communities.

In presenting the award, NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin cited Faller's work as the Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She isdirector of the Family Assessment Clinic, a program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work that involves collaboration with the Law School and the Medical School. She is also director of the Family Assessment Clinic, a program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work that involves collaboration with the Law School and the Medical School

Newlin said, "She has conducted over 300 juried conference presentations at state, national, and international conferences and over 250 workshops. Her workshops address controversies of interviewing children about sexual abuse, the co-morbidity of child maltreatment and parental substance abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse, and cultural competence in child welfare. She is the author of approximately 80 research and clinical articles, and nine books. We are honored that she serves as a member of the NCAC's National Training Advisory Board, and we are pleased to honor her with this award," Newlin concluded.

Published: Wed, Apr 13, 2011