Nina Vaaranen-Valkonen is known for her years of experience working to protect children from sexual violence. Vaaranen-Valkonen has been part of several national and international specialist working groups, she has been a researcher, an educator, appeared in the public media, she has also been a speaker in national and international conferences.
Vaaranen-Valkonen’s career focus has been to advocate for the teen and child victims of sexual violence. During her long career, she has worked in the field as a therapist focusing on child psychiatry. She was part of the Crime Victim Hotline project for teens, she was the hotline manager for the Finnish arm of the Save The Children Organizations Child Protection and Hotline unit. In addition to her regular job, Vaaranen-Valkonen also works as a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist treating among others, victims of sexual violence. Vaaranen-Valkonen has coproduced “What do you know” cards as an aid for conversations between children and the adults in their lives regarding the child’s experiences of physical and or sexual violence.
Vaaranen-Valkonen has a master’s degree in political science, is a social psychologist and a licensed health care professional (cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, licensed TF-CBT therapist) Vaaranen-Valkonen started her studies by becoming a registered nurse.