Joann Schladale, MS, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in positive youth development, sexual health, trauma, violence prevention, problem sexual behavior, and teen pregnancy prevention since 1981. She created the first Counselor Certification Programs at the University of Louisville for addressing violence and sexual harm by youth and continues to teach a variety of trauma informed courses to prevent violence, sexual abuse, and teen pregnancy.
As founder and Executive Director of Resources For Resolving Violence, Inc., Joann provides extensive consultation, program development and evaluation, clinical supervision, staff development, and training focusing on empirically based services. She works closely with public and private organizations on a trauma-informed approach for prevention, mental health, protective services, and juvenile justice.
Joann has received awards and made hundreds of presentations throughout North America, Europe, and Africa focusing on trauma, youth violence prevention, positive youth development, sexual harm, teen pregnancy prevention and Motivational Interviewing. Her intervention, Practice Self-RegulationTM, is currently being evaluated for effectiveness through a 5-year multi-site federal grant addressing a trauma-informed approach for adolescent sexual health.
She co-authored Stop It! A Practical Guide For Youth Violence Prevention (2012), and has written two workbooks for youth: The T.O.P. Workbook for Taming Violence and Sexual Aggression (2002) and The T.O.P. Workbook For Sexual Health (2010). She has written numerous book chapters in scholarly texts and authored A Trauma-Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health (2013). In 2007 Joann collaborated in the creation of Community-Based Standards For Addressing Sexual Harm By Youth.