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Kathleen Van Antwerp, EdD

Certified Child Behavioral / Mental Health Specialist

Executive Director, Ventura County Child Abuse Prevention Council

Conference Co-chair / Network Team Liaison

Dr. Van Antwerp is a leader in educational, juvenile justice, and youth outreach program reform. For over 30 years, she has been at the forefront of developing effective educational and youth outreach programs for at-risk children & adolescents in public schools, court and community schools, emergency care shelters, foster care, and juvenile hall. As a transformative family engagement specialist, Dr. Van Antwerp has led the way in introducing the science of child and adolescent development to juvenile crime prevention programs, law enforcement agencies, probation officers, and juvenile court judges, directly transforming the operations of youth outreach centers and community policing throughout the United States, England, Austria, and Amsterdam. With over twenty years of classroom teaching experience, primarily with at-risk students, she teaches specialized courses at California University, State, and community colleges to mitigate adverse childhood, community and curricular experiences. Her work has been published in books and journals nationally and internationally.

  • Executive Co-Director of Full Circle Consulting Systems, Inc.

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Trainer Statewide Education Agencies 

  • Lead Trainer/Consultant Statewide Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Certified Mental Health Trainer/ National Center for Youth Opportunity & Justice

  • State Certified Trainer /Board of Community Corrections

  • Co-Author- “I Can’t Come To School Today…My Mom’s In Prison And I Don’t Have A Ride”