Child welfare, child abuse/neglect, sexual abuse.
Kathleen Coulborn Faller, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., D.C.S.W., is Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. 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. She is Principal Investigator on Training Program on Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Workers and Principal Investigator of the University of Michigan site of National Child Welfare Workforce Institute..
She is involved in research, clinical work, teaching, training, and writing in the area of child welfare. She has conducted over 300 juried conference presentations at state, national, and international conferences and over 250 workshops. 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 nine books, Social Work with Abused and Neglected Children (The Free Press, 1981), Child Sexual Abuse: An Interdisciplinary Manual for Diagnosis, Case Management, and Treatment (Columbia, 1988), Understanding Child Sexual Maltreatment (Sage, 1990), Child Sexual Abuse: Intervention and Treatment (DHHS, 1993) the APSAC Study Guide: Interviewing Children Suspected of Having Been Sexually Abused (Sage, 1996), Maltreatment in Early Childhood: Tools for Research-based Intervention (Haworth Press, 2000), Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition (Sage, 2003), Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice (Oxford, 2007), and Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse: Shifting Burdens and Sharing Responsibilities (Columbia, 2010) as well as approximately 80 research and clinical articles.