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Beth Harris Brandes, MSW, is Immediate Past President and Treasurer of NCA’s Board of Directors. Prior to her retirement in 2013, she served as a county assistant social services director over child welfare, prevention, and child mental health. She has worked in numerous health care, school and child welfare settings. Beth is also the author of two editions of Get Real: A Guide to Leading Adolescent Groups.

The Lifelong Sting of Abuse

Beth BrandesApril 13, 2017
Personal Narratives
NOTE: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence against children.I was 23 years old, in my first job as an assistant social worker in the Atlanta schools, when I was called to the principal’s office of a quiet suburban elementary school. The principal met me with hushed tones outside his office door and said, “I need you to look at Timmy; he is seven, in my office. His teacher thinks something has happened to him.” Forty years la...Continue