Brittany Winebar, MSW, LCSW, CYC-P
Brittany has spent the last 15 years of her career in the nonprofit sector providing trauma-informed, client-driven, and empowerment-centered services to youth and families who have experienced and witnessed trauma in Indiana. As an Assessment Coach, Brittany has a collaborative, human-centered mindset that is rooted in cultivating dynamic and connective solutions. Her passion for resilience and trauma-informed and responsive practice means she values refining processes to ensure all people have the safety and support to reach their potential. Further, she believes when we utilize upstream approaches to strengthen belonging we can positively impact the lives of youth and families.
Before coming to the Center, Brittany most recently worked as the Director of Mission Achievement (Programs) for a nonprofit organization that served 4,000 clients annually. She created the vision and strategic implementation of agency programming and curriculum across intervention and prevention services. She fostered over 100 community partnerships and served as the chair for several community and statewide multidisciplinary, cross-sector initiatives to prevent and respond to violence.
She received her Master of Social Work from Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Biology, Psychology, and Social Work from Valparaiso University. Brittany has received several Statewide recognitions including D. Susan Wisely, Youth Worker of the Year Finalist, 2021 Executive Journey Fellow, Social Service Award through Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking and was named a Rising Star by Indianapolis Star Newspaper.
When working at the Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma, Brittany can be found serving as a mentor of youth facing challenges, chairing the subcommittee on Reducing Adolescent Sexual Victimization through the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, and serving on the Board of Directors for Westfield Youth Assistance and Hamilton County Leadership Academy.
A Q&A with Brittany Winebar
“What are your responsibilities?”
My role as an Assessment Coach supports the Center’s work of ensuring that all child-serving organizations in Massachusetts have the tools and support needed to operate as trauma-informed and responsive organizations, thus building a statewide trauma-informed and responsive (TIR) network for youth and their families.
Every day, I have the privilege of collaborating with organizations looking to evaluate and establish strategic goals and implement TIR practices, policies, and programs across their organization.
“Which positive childhood experiences (PCEs) building block do you feel aligns the most with your work?”
Relationships are at the core of all we do. That’s because, as human beings, we are hardwired for connection. At least one caring relationship can dramatically shift their development, especially for children. We all have the capacity to contribute to supportive relationships, from saying “hello” and smiling at neighborhood kids to delighting in the play and creativity of a child.
“What is one way you promote resilience in your life or the lives around you?”
I embrace reciprocity. I intentionally reach out and connect with people in my network. Being available for that chat with someone I care about fills their bucket and my own. I also give others the opportunity to support me, asking for help when I need it. We can accomplish more together than we ever could apart, especially when we are weathering similar storms.