Think Orphan

A Global Conversation

The Think Orphan podcast is hosted by Dr. Karen Hutcheson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Philip Darke, President of Providence World and co-author of In Pursuit of Orphan ExcellenceEach week, they discuss the difficult issues and hot topics involved in the global orphan crisis with leading voices from around the world, such as Jedd Medefind, Rick Morton, and Peter Greer. From poverty alleviation and family strengthening, to best practices in caring for orphaned and abandoned children, to human trafficking and mentoring, Phil and Karen will work with you to navigate the issues that affect millions of children and families all over the world.

About Karen Hutcheson

Dr. Karen Hutcheson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, teens, and families who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect. Her work focuses on helping kids and from foster care, international adoption, and domestic adoption as well as working with children and teens who have been exposed to or are consuming internet pornography. Dr. Karen is a nationally known educator, teaching and training parents, schools, and ministries the best ways to protect kids hearts and minds from pornography by intentionally teaching children and teens how to respond when they are exposed.   Dr. Karen received a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Spalding University. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium through Wheaton College.

Dr. Karen lived and worked overseas in Uganda where she provided international member care, consultation, and training to ministries and NGOs, and she continues to provide international member care to individuals as well as organizations across the globe.  She is an adoptive mother and an orphan care advocate. Dr. Karen speaks regularly at national adoption conferences and provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally. Dr. Karen also provides pre and post adoption training, consultation, and parent coaching for several national adoption agencies. She is a Clinical Faculty member at Spalding University and consults regularly with public and private schools, churches, and ministries across the United States.

Dr. Karen is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® practitioner, and is professionally trained in Theraplay®, and EMDR.  She has a wide range of experience in areas of child development, attachment, parent training, relationship-based traumas,  pre and post adoption services, international orphan care community consultation, and missionary member care.

Phil Darke, his wife Becca, and their five children, live in Folsom, CA. Phil received his Juris Doctor Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his B.A. Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from U.C. Davis. Before coming on-board with Providence as Research & Development Director in October 2008, Phil worked as an attorney with different firms in Sacramento, CA, and Atlanta, GA, and as a clerk for a federal judge in Honolulu, HI. In 2014, Phil co-authored “In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence”, a much needed and inspiring call for excellence in global orphan care.

Listen to Phil’s interview here!


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