Karen Gilmore graduated from BYU with a bachelors degree in Social Work and then completed a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has worked in a variety of settings working with adults, children and families.
She worked at mental health facilities doing mental health therapy for many years and has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing and healing from trauma. She then moved to Southern California where she worked with the Children’s Bureau of Southern California doing in-home prevention work with at risk children and families. She became the program manager and later the Director of Community Services for Children’s Bureau in the Antelope Valley Region.
When they moved to Colorado, Karen was able to work as a school based social worker with elementary school children. That was an ideal way to balance work and be still be on the same schedule as her children. Upon returning to California, she was asked to take the lead on a grant to create a mentoring program for at-risk youth ages 7-17. She recruited and trained mentors, identified the youth for the program, matched the mentors with youth and facilitated monthly group activities.
She currently has a private practice in Southern California where she lives with her husband and one of her three children who is still at home.