Senior Research Fellow Deborah Daro Receives Friedrich Award
Senior Research Fellow Deborah Daro received the William Friedrich Memorial Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). The Freidrich Award is given to honor a person who has made important and significant contributions to the field of child maltreatment. In presenting the award, APSAC board member Kathleen Faller cited Daro’s long history in evaluating child abuse prevention programs and impact on national and state policies. Faller also spoke of Daro’s instrumental role in establishing the Doris Duke Fellowships and how APSAC greatly benefits from the leaders that the Fellowship fosters and supports.
Daro was recognized at APSAC's Annual Colloquium in New Orleans on Friday, June 24. She spoke to attendees of the award luncheon about APSAC's impactful, interdisciplinary approach to addressing child abuse, as well as emerging trends in the field of child abuse prevention--namely the shift in focus of interventions from prevention of harm to the improvement of child well-being. She suggested numerous strategies for moving work forward in the field of child well-being, including:
- Release your need to consistently be the one in charge, or the driver in the car. Taking the role of a passenger may help you be open to new opportunities, ideas, or approaches to improving child well-being.
- Release your need to be the most significant person in the room or on the team. "When you are less focused on your own glow," she said, "you can shine a light on others."
- Be open to learning a new approach, rather than resisting change or alternative perspectives. Ideas that have not been tried do not necessarily lack potential.