Workshop Session C3:
Trauma Responsive Courts & Dispute Resolution
(CME: Interpersonal Violence)
Court Operations Consultant
Leigh Merritt has a bachelor’s degree in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences from Florida State University. She is employed as a court operations consultant with the Office of the State Courts Administrator, Office of Court Improvement. Ms. Merritt’s work is focused primarily on continuous quality improvement activities for Florida’s Early Childhood Court (ECC) initiative. She is also responsible for other statewide dependency court improvement activities, including the trauma-responsive court initiative and the statewide ECC recidivism protocols workgroup. Ms. Merritt has 20 years of experience in child welfare and is a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for local children. She regularly presents on a variety of topics such as trauma, self-care, and Early Childhood Court to local, state and national audiences.
Senior Court Analyst, II
Ms. Miller is completing her PhD in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Family Studies and Interventions. She works at the Office of the State Courts Administrator in the Office of Court Improvement as the dependency drug court subject matter expert.
Ms. Miller provides training and technical assistance to Florida's dependency drug courts and staffs the statewide subcommittee for Florida's upcoming dependency drug court best practice standards. She is a nationally certified trainer for Practice Self-Regulation™, a federally funded trauma-informed model that promotes health and well-being in adolescents impacted by ACEs.
Ms. Miller has over 12 years of experience in various capacities in the child welfare field. She has experience as program specialist at a statewide child welfare non-profit; a dependency court paralegal; and as a direct service provider as both a child protective investigator and foster care case manager. Ms. Miller conducted child development assessments and utilized home visits to provide prevention services to families in Hawaii. Ms. Miller is also a U.S. Navy veteran.