Advocates conduct face to face confidential sessions during which clients receive emotional support, information on reporting options (criminal justice and university) and on and off campus resources. In addition to face to face contact with clients, Advocates manage a 24 hours crisis cell phone during the fall and spring semesters, allowing victims to reach Advocates after hours.
The CARE Peer Advocacy Program is a highly competitive and selective program in which 5-6 undergraduate students are selected to meet with clients and address their needs, under the supervision of the Lead Advocate.
Peer Advocates undergo an intensive 40-hour crisis intervention training in preparation for interacting with clients. The students must also participate in a concurrent two-semester course, taught by the Lead Advocate.
The Peer Advocates are also tasked with planning and implementing Take Back the Night (TBTN). The event creates community among University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff increasing knowledge of the dynamics surrounding sexual violence.
Christina Jay, LCPC
Christina Jay received her BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Towson University and her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Her education and desire to help others led her to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with the state of Maryland. With her LCPC credentials, Christina has worked with various agencies with differing populations providing therapy. However, she always had a strong passion for helping those impacted by sexual and relationship violence. As Assistant Coordinator and Lead Advocate with CARE, Christina operates from a Trauma-Informed approach to ensure a safe space for survivors in which to process their feelings, resources and reporting options. In addition to assisting clients, Christina also supervises the Peer Advocacy Program. This program trains selected students on topics such as crisis intervention, sexual and relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. After being trained, and under the supervision of Christina, the Peer Advocates conduct sessions with clients to assist with their various needs. Christina enjoys helping survivors on their journey of healing as well as sharing knowledge and training students on issues of gender-based violence. She hopes to continue to make a positive impact on the campus community.
Celia Brickerd, LCSW-C
Trauma Therapist and Animal Assisted Therapy Provider
Celia is a graduate of The Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service. She began her work with CARE as an advocate, and upon graduation began working as a long-term, trauma-focused clinician for CARE. Celia's post-graduate training includes certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Core Curriculum) from the Beck Institute of Philadelphia, Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Animal Assisted Therapy from Harcum College.
Katie O’Mailey, MSW, LCSW-C, RYT
Therapist and Advocate
Katie O’Mailey is a CARE Therapist as well as a CARE Advocate who specializes in the strengths-based treatment of trauma. Katie offers inclusive and holistic treatment approaches based in resourcing, reframing and depathologizing. Katie is experienced in crisis intervention and individual empowerment and is practiced in countless therapeutic modalities including trauma-informed therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) work, among countless others. Katie received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and her M.S.W. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work. Katie believes that you are the expert on your life, and it is her goal to help you skillfully access your own inner wisdom through creative coping strategies and empowering processing techniques while holding a safe space and pacing the work as appropriate for each individual.