The Center for Success and Independence has created Safety Acceptance Freedom Empowerment (S.A.F.E), which will provide services to the Harris County, Texas, juvenile justice program including trauma-informed screening, assessment, and treatment services to adolescents; new trauma-informed and trauma-focused practices in its residential program; and systems changes through consensus-building, training, and technical assistance. S.A.F.E targets youth aged 12-17 because of the high prevalence of PTSD in this population, and because studies show a link between traumatic stress and escalating delinquency.
The Center’s objectives include: 1) screening adolescents for PTSD at Harris County Juvenile Probation (HCJP) sites; 2) providing trauma-informed assessment and residential treatment to adolescents using dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT); 3) implementing at least one new trauma-informed practice and one new trauma-focused intervention in the Center’s residential program, with new services delivered to adolescents; 4) providing a minimum of eight hours of training and 24 hours of technical assistance to HCJP staff in trauma-informed services provision; and 5) providing five additional training events for HCJP providers.
Mindy Kronenberg was the former site coordinator for the LSUHSC Early Trauma Treatment Network site and training coordinator of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center. Dr. Kronenberg remains involved in the Zero to Six and Schools Workgroups and is a Child Parent Psychotherapy trainer. She is currently working in Memphis, TN and collaborating with local agencies to increase access to infant mental health and trauma services.
Carrie Epstein is a faculty member at Yale and Director of Clinical Services and Training at the Childhood Violent Trauma Center at the Yale Child Study Center. She is co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), the evidence-based early intervention/secondary prevention model for children who have recently been exposed to potentially traumatic events. Ms. Epstein is also currently in private practice, and provides training and consultation nationally on trauma-focused mental health treatments for children and families impacted by trauma. She is also the former senior director of the Safe Horizon Center for Child Innovation in New York City.
Jim Van Den Brandt is the former clinical area manager of Integrated Services and director of Adolescent Trauma Treatment at the Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, WI. Jim has contributed to the development of numerous Network products, provided training and leadership on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, and helped various systems become more trauma-focused and evidence-based. Jim is currently the mental health services manager for Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI and he remains involved with a variety of Network activities and product development efforts.
Ann Kelley is the former director of Healing the Hurt. She is now the Director of Residential Services for Omni Visions and incorporates her expertise in child trauma in the agency's assessment, treatment, and training and foster care activities.
Donna Humbert was project director of the Trauma Intervention Center for Children & Adolescents in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a contract therapist providing evidence based and evidence informed individual and family therapy services, and adoption services for children in foster care with Omni Visions, Inc. She provides clinical supervision. She focuses on strengthening evidence-based services for adolescents and their families.
Marla Himmeger initially participated in NCTSN activities through the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to retirement in 2012, she was involved in organizing Ohio's Childhood Trauma Task Force and continues to participate in several local, state and NCTSN activities.
Kristine Buffington was project director of the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She is now working with Valko and Associates. She remains active on the NCTSN Juvenile Delinquency Committee and is active on the Ohio Department of Mental Health Child Trauma Task Force.
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Robin Goodman is Executive Director of A Caring Hand, the Billy Esposito Foundation in New York, New York, and consultant to St. John’s University. As consultant to the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, she focuses on childhood traumatic grief-related activities and NCTSN projects. Dr. Goodman has also been a consultant for the Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate and for the NCTSN. Previously, as director of bereavement programs at the NYU Child Study Center, an NCTSN grantee, she co-directed a clinical and research program for bereaved 9/11 families.