The CAC is a service of NOVA, established in 2008, to manage a coordinated and multidisciplinary response to reports of suspected child sexual and physical abuse in Bucks County.
Deidre brings to the CAC many years of experience in the field of victims’ advocacy. She established and managed the Monmouth County Family Justice Center in Monmouth County, NJ. The center provided multi-disciplinary services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The county’s prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, mental health providers and civil legal service all collaborated in this center to assist victims as their case went through the criminal justice system.
Deidre also worked for 180 Turning Lives Around, a program of the Monmouth County Family Justice Center, where she managed client services for its residential facility and developed the volunteer/intern program. Prior to her work in victim advocacy, she worked in sales and marketing at Fortune 50 technology companies.
For over a decade, Deidre was responsible for overseeing global accounts and negotiating enterprise-wide contracts.
“Deidre demonstrates the foundational characteristics of a leader – humility, empathy, learning agility and courage,” said Penny Ettinger, Executive Director of NOVA. “Deidre, together with the multidisciplinary team and the CAC staff, will ensure that the most vulnerable, at-risk children and teens receive the services they need to begin their healing from abuse.”
Deidre earned her undergraduate degree from Monmouth University in Computer Science and a Masters in Counseling from Kean University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Deidre is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a type of psychotherapy that utilizes a person’s eye movements to lessen the power of disturbing memories of traumatic events. This type of therapy is used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PHOTO CAP: Deidre Arabadjis