This session will inform attendees about domestic violence incidence in Utah. Ways to prevent, identify and report domestic abuse among the elderly will be covered.
About Brian Parnell, MSW, CSW
Brian is the Domestic Violence Program Administrator for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services where he oversees funding that helps support the state’s 15 domestic violence shelters as well as contracts with licensed therapists that provide interventions to survivors of domestic violence and people convicted of domestic violence offenses. Since 1986 he has worked as first line social worker, supervisor, and programs administrator in various child welfare programs, foster care agencies, and a Head Start program. When he moved to Utah in 2012 he pioneered Utah’s Medicaid Autism Waiver program for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, and during that time served on the federal Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee organized under the Department of Health and Human Services.
Brian is passionate about efforts in Utah to protect children and adults from violence in their homes and relationships, and is a frequent conference speaker and trainer on related topics. He received a Master of Social Work degree at California State University in Fresno, is licensed as a Certified Social Worker, and certified as a crisis counselor for the state of Utah.
Born and raised in the southern Central Valley of California, Brian and his wife Kathrine have seven children and make their home in South Jordan, Utah. In addition to his work for the state, Brian chairs the Board of Directors for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake.
Domestic Violence Program Administrator, Utah Division of Child and Family Services