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Mellisa Mathis Young, MA

Training & Development Director

Mellisa is a part of the child welfare training team at the Center for Child & Family Studies.  She is responsible for development and delivery of training to child welfare practitioners and supervisors at the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS). The training emphasizes critical thinking, family engagement, interviewing skills, and recognizing and responding to child abuse and neglect.

Prior to joining the child welfare training team, Mellisa was a part of the Quality Assurance Review Team at CCFS.  In collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, her primary responsibilities included conducting case reviews of child welfare cases to gather and assess a range of information on quality with the goal of achieving better outcomes for children and families.

Before joining the Center for Child & Family Studies, Mellisa was employed with the South Carolina Department of Social Services in the Child Welfare Division. During her fifteen year career with the Department, Mellisa served in various roles and has extensive experience as a consultant to both front line staff and senior management. She completed the agency’s Leadership Training Program during her tenure with the SCDSS.

Mellisa received her Master’s Degree in Human Behavior and Conflict Resolution and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia College. She is a certified Truancy and Family Mediator. She previously served as a Volunteer Mediator with the Community Mediation Center. Mellisa enjoys working with various populations in the community. She serves on the board of trustees for a local substance abuse recovery housing program. Mellisa especially enjoys working with children; her passion is developing and facilitating programs and camps focused on the positive development of girls.