Ms. Fitch has been with the Institute for Human Services (IHS) since 1998. As a consultant for the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare’s (NARCCW) Family Trust Clinic, she confers on cases involving child sexual abuse and domestic violence. In addition, Ms. Fitch trains the IHS five-day Supervisory Issues in Child Sexual Abuse curriculum and assists international jurisdictions implementing the IHS Sexual Abuse Intervention Series.
As a training manager for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP), Ms. Fitch develops curricula and trains on domestic violence and child sexual abuse. She also coordinates program implementation in coaching, skill building and distance learning for staff and caregivers of county public children’s services agencies.
Ms. Fitch has over thirty years of experience in public human services. Before joining IHS, she was a home-based specialist for at-risk families. She has also served as Program Director of the National Assault Prevention Center (NAPC) and consulted internationally to implement sexual abuse prevention programs. While Assistant Director of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Fitch co-produced one of the first national videos on child sexual abuse prevention. During that period, she was also President of Ohio’s Coalition on Domestic Violence and worked for Project Women, counseling victims. Ms. Fitch also gained valuable experience living with her family for two years in western Alaska with the Yup’ik people, and training and consulting on sexual assault and domestic violence issues for the Tundra Women’s Coalition.
Ms. Fitch holds a Master in Social Work degree from The Ohio State University.