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Dr. Carla Smith Stover is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida.

In addition, she holds a clinical faculty appointment at Yale University Child Study Center. She has extensive clinical experience with families impacted by trauma and domestic violence and has provided trainings in best practices and intervention for domestic violence and trauma nationally.

Dr. Stover has been the principal investigator on multiple studies examining the efficacy of outreach and intervention efforts for families impacted by domestic violence and other traumas.

The Quote

Life doesn’t frighten me.
Maya Angelou

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Carla shares a story about her time as a graduate student and the inspiring work she was doing with a particular family around domestic violence.

A Crucial Early Mistake

Carla talks about one clinical error she made while she was working with with a young boy and new to Trauma Focused-CBT.

Carla’s Why

Because I believe people can recover and thrive even though they have horrific experiences.

Carla’s Advice

  • Seek out as much supervision and collaboration as you can.
  • Get trained in multiple evidenced based treatments.
  • Practice self-care and pay attention to yourself and your own signals.

Carla’s go-to books

Interview Links

Trauma Therapist Live!: Essential skills
Jim Struve, LCSW

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