Lisa Barrett

Professor of Professional Practice

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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 has trained child welfare workers in New Hampshire, Washington, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana and Kentucky as part of her work with Solution Based Casework Training and Consultation, the University of Louisville and Family Interventions of Kentucky.


Ms. Barrett’s research and curriculum interests include family and child welfare, effects of abuse and neglect in child and adult victims; law, policy and best practice in child welfare, trauma informed practice with child welfare workers, children and adults, PTSD and secondary trauma in child welfare practice; services to military personnel suffering PTSD and trauma as it relates to their integration back into family life.


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.