Aeppel, Pamela, MA

Aeppel, Pamela, MA


Ms. Aeppel is Learning  & Development Facilitator with imPACT, a training and consultation program with USF under the USF Training Consortium.  In addition, she is one of four statewide trainers for the Child Welfare Training Academy in the state of Florida and trains and assists in the certification of Florida’s Child Welfare Trainers. Ms. Aeppel has over 25 years experience in the field of child welfare and mental health services. She began her career working with adult psychiatric patients and then moved on to help pioneer the development the first behavior modification unit for children at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida working with young children and adolescents. She has worked in both Protective Services and Investigations in child welfare and is most familiar with the legal concepts and issues pertaining to child abuse and neglect. Ms. Aeppel has conducted hundreds of abuse investigations over the years and been directly involved with hundreds more throughout her career in regard to case coordination, service provision and legal intervention, as the Clinical Supervisor with the Child Protection Team in Pinellas County, where she worked for 15 years.

Since joining the faculty at the University of South Florida in 2000, at the Training Consortium, she has worked on statewide curriculum development projects, developed a number of advanced courses related to risk assessment, court testimony technique, sexual abuse issues, adult and child interview methodologies, legal interventions in child welfare, and is certified as a MAPP (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting) Leader and trainer of other MAPP leaders. MAPP is a program to assist in the development, screening and selection of licensed foster parents or prospective adoptive parents. Ms. Aeppel has, additionally, conducted a number of experiential trainings for foster parents on “Positive Parenting for Positive Behavior Change.” Her main areas of expertise focuses on severe neglect, physical and sexual abuse case assessment with specialized training in legally defensible and developmentally appropriate interview techniques for children. Ms. Aeppel has been directly involved with the diagnosis and multidisciplinary team approaches used on numerous cases of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, as well as other high-profile abuse/neglect and high-risk trauma cases.

 Ms. Aeppel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development. Her primary areas of study are those related to the best practices of social work and the impact of abuse and neglect on children, with special emphasis on sexual abuse, as well as other severe areas of maltreatment. She is qualified as an expert witness and has testified countless times on a number of child abuse issues in many regions and jurisdictions in the state of Florida.

 Ms. Aeppel received the “Unsung Hero” award from Stetson Law School (Family Law Division) in 1998 as well as many other commendations and recognitions throughout her career. She has presented material at National Child Abuse Conferences on the topic of legally defensible documentation in the field of child abuse and provided training, on a statewide and local level, to Child Protection Team staff, educators, physicians and attorneys, as well as Child Welfare Investigative and Services staff. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and served several years as a member of the Sex Crimes Intelligence Committee, along with regional law enforcement professionals for the four regions of Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Manatee Counties.

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