Jessica Davis Godwin, LMSW
Ms. Godwin has developed an expertise in program design, leadership coaching, outcome measurement, and change management as a result of over 20 years working in the fields of child welfare and youth development as a manager, evaluator, trainer, and consultant. Before becoming a consultant, Ms. Godwin honed her program evaluation, model implementation, and appreciation of change management while at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation identifying high-performing nonprofits focused on helping the most vulnerable young people in our country make a successful transition to independent adulthood. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Godwin expanded her expertise as a senior director for New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services Office of Youth Development, creating, funding, and managing programs for older-age youth transitioning out of foster care. Before working with NYC, Ms. Godwin managed large-scale community-based programs for youth and families as a manager at several acclaimed social service organizations in New York City. Ms. Godwin managed the NYC implementation of Solution Based Casework, an evidence-informed case practice model as well as Partnering for Success, a collaborative framework for case planning and clinical treatment to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth in foster care.
Arjon Crawford is a licensed clinical social worker, certified yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner. Arjon’s creative nature and great empathy are the driving forces in her clinical work, with an emphasis on the importance of self-care in maintaining mental and physical health. Arjon’s work has focused on such areas as individual and family therapy, juvenile justice, preventive, foster care, care coordination services and organizational training and consultation. This experience has deepened her understanding and interest in supporting the improvement of morale, encouragement of self-care and wellness, and critical thinking to manage life’s difficult challenges. With a vast knowledge of clinical skills, Arjon has been able to support the therapeutic care of individuals and families managing a multitude of challenges by creating safe healing spaces. During her work in the child welfare nonprofit sector, Arjon held the title of Director of Evidence Based Practice and Training for a large NYC based agency where she supported the role out and ongoing implementation and fidelity of several evidence based modalities mandated by the agency and New York state, including Solution Based Casework. In 2015, Arjon began training in Solution Based Casework and continued to ongoingly support the model in training, implementation and program fidelity support as a consultant in the Northeast region (NYC, Delaware, and Baltimore, MD). As an independent consultant, Arjon has supported organizations with training staff from a clinical perspective in areas of cultural competency and diversity, engagement, wellness and organizational coaching. Arjon’s number one goal in all the work that she does is to create a space for growth, change, trust and compassion. She approaches her work from a collaborative and strengths-based perspective to support those she works with to feel empowered.
When Arjon is not working as a clinician or consultant, she designs custom handmade healing jewelry.
Latavia Lee, LMSW
Latavia Lee, LMSW is currently the Director of Learning & Practice Proficiency at Graham Windham family services agency in New York, New York. In her role at Graham Windham, she is dedicated to equipping social work professionals with the skills needed to increase effectiveness in the field through the facilitation of training. Additionally, Ms. Lee provides has been providing Solution Based Casework (SBC) training and implementation coaching for Social Services Associates, LLC since 2013. She has worked with a variety of contract agencies and other state jurisdictions on successful implementations of SBC. She has also been called upon, by NYC Administration for Children’s Services, to help develop their city-wide Preventive Onboarding Training Program. Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts & Afro/Latina Studies from CUNY Hunter (2006). While she always knew she was destined to be an educator, she started her social work career as a direct practice Case Planner, specializing in foster care. After many years practicing as a Case Planner, and then Supervisor, Ms. Lee obtained her master’s in social work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (2013). She later obtained and maintained her professional social work licensure (LCSW). Her expertise and longevity in the field have been a great asset in relating to social work professionals and facilitating their learning experience.
Amy Overmyer, LCPC
Amy Overmyer, LCPC, began working in child welfare in 1997 after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Family Social Services. Amy has a broad range of front-line experience in child protection, first as specialist with her state jurisdiction and then moved to work with contract providers. She has direct experience a caseworker working with family preservation programs, intact families, and families involved in foster care. In 2004, Amy graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She provided counseling to young children affected by domestic violence at a child advocacy center before serving 10 years as a therapist for children in foster care. Amy became a Certified Trainer of Solution Based Casework in 2018 and has experience in SBC training and implementation and has served as a Coordinator for Quality Improvement for nine Intact Family Services programs. Amy is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist and offers play therapy supervision as well as numerous trainings in play therapy. She provides therapy to children and their caregivers affected by trauma in her private practice. Amy has been married for 22 years and has three children that allow her to enjoy the school age and adolescent stages of family life.
Lisa Barrett has been teaching at the University of Louisville in the Master of Social Work program since 2003. As an instructor Ms. Barrett’s primary role is working in the Credit for Learning (CFL) program, a national model for university-child welfare agency partnerships. The mission of CFL is to professionalize the child welfare workforce by offering child welfare employees education and training that meet on the job training requirements and the opportunity to earn up to 12.0 hours of MSSW elective credit that can be applied toward a master’s degree in social work. Ms. Barrett also coordinates the Public Child Welfare Certification Program at the university. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) has been implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and eleven university undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in Kentucky. The goal of this program is to fill the ranks of Child Welfare Workers with the most competent and well-trained workers who can provide high quality services immediately following employment. The Cabinet has partnered with the Universities to offer Bachelor Social Work juniors and seniors their academic program in conjunction with participating in the Cabinet’s child welfare training curricula prior to graduation. These students are provided instate tuition, a stipend and must complete a two-year employment commitment with the Cabinet upon successful completion of the program
Ms. Barrett is also a certified trainer with Solution Based Casework Training and Consultation, Social Services Associates, LLC.
Ms. Barrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom due to her experience as a child protection worker, supervisor and clinical associate working with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Kentucky.