Carol Hudgins Mitchell, M.Ed., is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Trauma Specialist and holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston. Carol is the founder of Mindful Possibilities Training and Consulting LLC whose mission is to bring new possibilities for connection, hope and healing from the cutting edge of neuroscience into practical application for individuals who have experienced trauma and those who support them.
She provides training and consultation on the topics of trauma, trauma informed and responsive care, post traumatic growth, resilience, early childhood trauma, attachment, child therapy, mindfulness and self-care for helping professionals, parents, and organizations. With a background in special education and counseling, she has over 30 years’ experience in trauma treatment with a specialty in early childhood, relational and play therapy and is certified in Forensic Interviewing as well as a Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
M.Ed. LSW, NBCCH, CTS
Certified Trauma Specialist Trainer and Consultant
Carol has had the opportunity to train for the Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities (DD), various boards of DD around the state of Ohio, schools, churches, residential facilities, juvenile justice systems, Ohio State Magistrates, and various metal health agencies. In addition, she has presented at conferences such as the West Virginia Integrated Behavioral Health Conference, the St. Louis County Social Work Conference in Minnesota, the Indiana Systems of Care Conference and the Tristate Trauma Network in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Carol receives ongoing training through the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School. She is a trainer and coach for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and co-authored The Foster Parent Survival Guide; a workbook translating the neurobiology of trauma into practical everyday interventions for Children’s’ Services workers, foster care agencies, parents or anyone who serves those who have experienced complex trauma.
She co-authored a professional article on Relational Cultural Theory in Child Trauma Therapy published in the April 2013 issue of the International Journal of Play Therapy and co-authored Attachment, Trauma and Repair: Counseling Implications From Neurobiology, a chapter on trauma responsive care for the counseling textbook, Counseling Children and Adolescents: Connecting Theory, Development and Diversity: 2016, Sage Press.
Under a grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati Carol consulted on establishing a regional trauma institute in the Greater Cincinnati area and helped co-author the business plan for what has become the Tri-State Trauma Network. Carol has practiced meditation since she was a teen and studied mindfulness research for over 40 years. She is presently working on her Certificate of Mindfulness Studies.