"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right."

Martin Luther King Jr.

Learning & Development Manager

Michelle Howard, MS, LPC, the CWTS learning and development manager, is guided every day by the belief that children are the world’s most precious resource; therefore, we all, as adults, have the ultimate responsibility to nurture a healthy and safe living environment. It is for this reason Michelle has dedicated the past twenty-two years to the development of self and others involved in serving children and families to increase opportunities for a healthy and equitable environment.

Michelle began her career in 1995 as a juvenile probation officer in the State of Nebraska before moving to Colorado in 2001 and working for Adams County Social Services as a family preservation worker, internal treatment team therapist, and FGDM lead facilitator and trainer. Michelle started working with the broader child welfare community after joining American Humane Association as a child welfare training and technical assistance specialist. She later joined the Kempe Center, in 2012, to continue advocating for and facilitating the practice development of child welfare practitioners, from direct line staff to leadership. Michelle’s mission has always been to engage in culturally responsive practices that support and impact holistic changes in the key areas that promote positive emotional and physical well-being of children and youth. Michelle has authored more than fifteen training curricula and facilitated learning in more than thirty states across the country on practice related to child welfare supervision; safety and assessment; family engagement; disproportionality and disparities; Differential Response; father engagement; domestic violence; and culturally responsive practice in child welfare.

Michelle earned her master’s degree in counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a licensed professional counselor and a professionally trained Co-Active Coach.

During free time Michelle can be found spending time with her family, engaging in juicy discussions (or debates, depending on your point of view), or enjoying one of her favorite television programs, such as Scandal or Homeland.


Michelle.Howard@ucdenver.edu