Sabina Claycomb

A Grief Response Guide: Addressing Violence Exposure Among Urban Youth

Sabina H. Claycomb has her BASW from the University of Kentucky, her master’s from Campbellsville University, and her school social work certification from the University of Kentucky. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky. Distinctions include being named the social work student of the year for her BASW at the University of Kentucky and her membership in the Phi Alpha Honor Society in her master’s and doctoral programs.

Serving as the Director of Youth Services at Bryan Station High School, she was able to build an innovative center that served the basic needs of thousands of students since its legislative inception in 1994. Currently, she provides counseling, assessment, and academic support to students at Crawford Middle School as a guidance specialist.

She has over 30 years of experience working with adolescents, families, and communities as a leader and change agent.

Mrs. Claycomb was instrumental in creating the Handle with Care program in Kentucky, which provided a collaborative resource to bridge the communication gap between schools and law enforcement. She has served as vice president and president of Lex-Care, a social work network. She also served as a lead trainer for PRePare, a nationally recognized crisis intervention program.

Other areas of knowledge she possesses include loss and trauma, social emotional learning initiatives, family systems, crisis intervention, mindfulness, yoga, and response to intervention.

Her ideal practice involves using her certification in bereavement counseling and yoga with families and youth that are disproportionately exposed to violence, which is the subject of her research and the basis of her capstone project.

To address the gap in services for families and adolescents that promote a more varied and justice-driven environment, Mrs. Claycomb, as a leader, cooperated and formed community collaborations on several state and federal initiatives and grant opportunities.