Karen Hill, M.S.

Karen Hill completed her Master of Science Degree in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University. She currently is leading an initiative in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County to develop the Justice Center for Children and Families to serve survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. She also works in the Counseling and Career Center at Jamestown Community College and as Adjunct Faculty member at St. Bonaventure University. From 2007-2020, Ms. Hill served as the founding Executive Director of the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center in Allegany and Cattaraugus County, both counties were the first in New York State to implement the school-age (PSB-CBT-S) and adolescent (PSB-CBT-A) models. During her tenure at the STCAC, Ms. Hill served as Co-Chair for the NYS Juvenile Justice Strategic Planning Action Committee on Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors facilitated by the Division of Criminal Justice Services. The committee worked to identify "best practice" methods to develop a set of recommendations on the assessment and treatment for this population statewide. Ms. Hill also served on three National committees facilitated by the National Children's Alliance working to develop and implement best practice response focusing on child physical abuse, youth with problematic sexual behaviors, and trauma informed victim advocacy. She was a committee member of the Cattaraugus County Trauma Informed Community Coalition working to improve the healthy and wellbeing of those affected by trauma and to build community resources to prevent and overcome trauma, build resilience, trust, and safety for those impacted by trauma.