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Carla D. Brown

Training and Development Director

Carla Brown provides child welfare training at the Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has over 20 years of experience in human services and education. She utilizes skills learned throughout her career to provide advanced training and professional development to staff at the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Carla began her career in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office providing crisis intervention and counseling to child and adult victims of sexual assault as well as other violent crime. She then became one of five people to help establish the Victims Services program at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, whereby providing assistance to child and adult victims statewide. Carla returned to the Solicitor’s Office in 1999 as Director of the Juvenile Court Alternatives Program developing initiatives that allowed sanctions for non-violent juvenile offenders in lieu of entering the juvenile justice system. She later joined the training team at the State Office of Victims Assistance in the Governor’s Office. In this role, Carla provided victim services training to victim advocates, law enforcement officers, and judiciary.  

Carla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in the Administration of Justice and Security, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Strategic Leadership. Carla has worked as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities and most recently served as Dean of Academic Affairs at a technical college.  

Carla is passionate about serving the community as well as educating and training others. Her life’s work has allowed her to serve not only those in crises but those who are underserved as well. Carla feels privileged to have had the honor of impacting generations.