Funda Yilmaz previously worked as a children’s counselor for the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Here she gained extensive experience providing services to individuals of all ages, with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and varying degrees of traumatic stress and comorbidities.
With the developmental understanding of traumatic stress granted by this clinical experience, Funda was able to write and illustrate My Big Book of Answers, a fully illustrated self-help workbook for three-to-nine-year-old survivors of violence. This workbook translates complex scientific information about traumatic stress into a language that even three-year-olds can understand and discuss with their adults. The workbook also assists therapists to effectively and efficiently discuss difficult topics with young kids such parental substance abuse, child maltreatment, illness, and death.
Funda currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and provides training, consulting, grant writing, and psychotherapy services. She is interested in application of the fine arts as a delivery modality for traumatic stress relief interventions in primary care and behavioral health services, in school communities, through the juvenile justice system, and in the child welfare services. Funda is an active member of NCTSN’s Complex Trauma, Child Traumatic Grief and Justice Consortium collaborative workgroups.
Funda is also a professional artist working through the media of painting, sculpture, and dance.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project lnterCSECT will establish a network of therapists who will provide evidence-based treatment services for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) in Georgia aged 11–17. Additionally, the project will: 1) train Network therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); 2) strategically identify/develop and disseminate additional evidence-informed intervention components to TF-CBT–trained therapists that will provide the Network with additional tools to best engage and serve CSEC clients (TF-CBT+); and 3) deliver TF-CBT+ to CSEC clients. Each year the number of CSEC youth served will increase as the number of therapists trained in TF-CBT increases, totaling 150 CSEC youth served during the grant period.
The Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative is a partnership between the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children (CSHC) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Emory University School of Medicine. The objectives of the project are to do the following: (1) provide trauma-informed services—including TraumaFocused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)—to children and adolescents in metropolitan Atlanta; (2) offer webinars on mental health topics to child service agencies in the Atlanta community; (3) provide training in TF-CBT and mentoring in the application of evidence-based practices to multiple small groups of mental health providers who serve child victims of abuse/neglect in rural and underserved areas of north Georgia; and (4) develop and pilot a TF-CBT telemental health service to provide therapy to traumatized children and their families in rural and underserved areas of Georgia.
Tanya Toyer previously worked as the Director of Counseling and Social Services for the Adopt America network, where she oversaw the daily operations of the counseling and social work services. She provided counseling/social work supervision, adoption home studies, pre- and post-placement services for adoptive families; oversaw national home studies for funding purposes; and supervised the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and family outreach program. She also provided evidence-based trauma treatment for adoptive/birth families. Ms. Toyer previously worked as a clinical counselor for St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where she provided integrated mental health services in primary health care services for children, adolescents, and their families, as well as for substance-exposed newborns and their mothers, women who experienced postpartum depression and PTSD symptoms, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Previously, Ms. Toyer worked for the Toledo Children’s Hospital (Cullen Center) as a clinical counselor. Her responsibilities were to provide mental health services for traumatized children and their families. Currently, Ms. Toyer works for the YWCA of Northwest Georgia as the Counseling Program Manager. The YWCA serves families (primarily women and children) who are victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Ms. Toyer continues to provide evidenced-based trauma treatment for children and families, and serves as an affiliate member of the NCTSN Child Welfare Committee.