Mary Friedrichs, LCSW
Mary began working in the movement to end violence against women in 1972, when she helped to build the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, one of the first rape crisis organizations in the country. She received her MSW from the University of Denver in 1980, and maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Colorado Springs for 25 years, where as part of Women’s Therapy Associates she specialized in work with survivors of sexual assault and abuse, as well as other traumas. She taught at Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and worked in the Counseling Center at Colorado College.
In 2005, Mary became the Director of the Office of Victim Assistance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which she retired in December, 2011. During her tenure at the Office of Victim Assistance, Mary oversaw clinical and advocacy response services for students, faculty, staff and their significant others in the CU-Boulder community who experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse, stalking, bias-motivated incidents, hazing, assaults, harassment, serious accidents or the death of a loved one. She participated in the Threat Assessment Team. She has been involved in many Title IX cases, and has worked closely with the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Discrimination and Harassment in the course of providing victims with clinical and advocacy services in these cases. Mary developed protocols related to Title IX issues, served in the leadership of the Gender Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, and helped to write the Gender Violence Prevention Plan at CU-Boulder.
- Understanding victim dynamics: the impact of trauma on victim/survivors and how this impacts how a victim presents
- Response services on campus: how to set up a comprehensive program
- Dynamics and presentation of sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse and stalking, and how they show up on college campuses
- The importance of having good response services and outreach to victims on campus
- Issues of gender violence related to the GLBTQ community
- How sexual assault shows up on campus: David Lisak’s work on perpetrator profiles, its implications for clinical intervention and for prevention programming at colleges and universities
To book a consultation with Mary, please contact Samantha Dutill, Vice President for Operations, The NCHERM Group, LLC by phone at 610-993-0229 or by email.