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Kenton Kirby, LMSW

Center For Court Innovation
Director of Clinical and Trauma Support Services, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
Brooklyn, NY, USA


Kenton Kirby, LMSW completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2011.  With nearly 15 years of experience in the field Mr. Kirby previously worked in foster care and child welfare with ACS as well as a Forensic Social worker throughout the New York court system.

Mr. Kirby has worked as an adjunct lecturer with LIU’s School of Social work and has a wide array of experience providing individual and group therapy to those with complex mental health needs in sex offender, parenting, and drug treatment programs.  

In his current role as the Director of Clinical and Trauma Support Services at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, Mr. Kirby is one of the founders in developing and the implementation of the Make it Happen program. Funded through OVC (Office of Victims of Crime), Make it Happen is a revolutionary and nationally recognized program model which provides mentorship, intensive case management, clinical interventions and supportive workshops to young men of color ages 16-24 who have been impacted by violence. Through a trauma-informed and culturally competent approach participants are challenged to think about how their definition of manhood is intertwined in trauma and the implications it has on stereotypical gender roles. Mr. Kirby has presented at a number of local, national and international conferences on the success of Make It Happen and the program’s approach to trauma, healing and advocacy for victims. Through an expansion, Make it Happen is now participating in a number of inter-agency collaborations to integrate this model into other parts of New York City and across the country utilizing the program’s trauma toolkit “Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach for Your Community”.

Kenton was awarded the 2016 Emerging Leader Award by the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC). He was also the recipient of the Community Impact Award from the Urban Justice Center in 2017.

Kenton Kirby, LMSW is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment The Faces of Trauma: Why Judges and Lawyers Need to Recognize and Respond to Trauma Histories of Litigants, Witnesses & Clients - Mental Health Issues & the New York State Courts 2018, Monday, May 21, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Faces of Trauma: Why Judges and Lawyers Need to Recognize and Respond to Trauma Histories of Litigants, Witnesses & Clients - The Faces of Trauma: Why Judges and Lawyers Need to Recognize and Respond to Trauma Histories of Litigants, Witnesses & Clients, Monday, May 21, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Faces of Trauma: Why Judges and Lawyers Need to Recognize and Respond to Trauma Histories of Litigants, Witnesses & Clients - The Faces of Trauma: Why Judges and Lawyers Need to Recognize and Respond to Trauma Histories of Litigants, Witnesses & Clients, Monday, May 21, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Mental Health Issues & the New York State Courts 2018, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach for Your Community - Mental Health Issues & the New York State Courts 2018: Why Trauma Matters to Judges and Lawyers, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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