Carol Bradford,
Urbana Clinical Director

In her role as Clinical Director, Carol oversees all clinical operations and staff for outpatient support services at Prairie Center’s Urbana location, which sees nearly 1,500 clients annually. She oversees a talented staff that offers a range of substance abuse treatment services, including DUI assessments, youth treatment services, and adult counseling and group therapy. She also oversees Prairie Center’s participation in various collaborative programs, including C-U Fresh Start, New Beginnings Parenting Program, Parenting With Love & Limits, and Champaign County Drug Court.

Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who, prior to joining our team, spent two and half decades in direct practice and administration in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and education in posts at Cunningham Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Danville Correctional Center, and the Decatur Mental Health Center.

I love to see others rise above their circumstances, tap their full potential, and lead happy fulfilling lives.

Carol has taught undergraduate courses at Millikin University and served as a Clinical Assistant Professor teaching graduate level coursework in social work education at the University of Illinois School Of Social Work for nearly six years.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Some of Carol’s most memorable experiences in her time with Prairie Center are attending Drug Court graduations and New Beginnings Parenting Program celebrations that recognize clients for their hard work in maintaining sobriety. 

“I love helping others help themselves,” she says of her work. “I love to see others rise above their circumstances, tap their full potential, and lead happy fulfilling lives.”

In addition to her work with Prairie Center, Carol serves on the Urbana Human Relations Commission and the Community Action Board (an advisory board to the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission).