Porter F. Jennings
- MSW, University of Georgia, 2012
- BA, Psychology, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2010
Porter Jennings is a licensed clinical social worker whose research interests center on trauma-informed care for individuals involved in formal social systems, including the criminal justice system, the child welfare system, and Latinx individuals involved in the immigration system. These interests stem from nearly a decade of bilingual clinical social work practice that also informs the trauma-informed pedagogical approach she brings to social work education. Jennings’ dissertation, “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health Court Involvement: A Qualitative Inquiry”, examines the impact of ACEs on program involvement and outcomes. Findings indicate a high prevalence of trauma among interviewees, associations of the childhood traumatic experiences with future system involvement as an adult, and the critical need for trauma-informed care in mental health courts. Jennings has taught at the BSW and MSW level, including field education and clinical courses. She has received external funding from state agencies for several mixed-methods projects, and is the 2018-2019 recipient of the University of Georgia’s Graduate School Dissertation Completion Award.
trauma-informed care for individuals involved in formal social systems, including the criminal justice system, the child welfare system, Latinx individuals involved in the immigration system