South Carolina

Address: 

1120 Glenwood Court
Columbia, SC 29204
(w): (803) 569-6712
richardkagan7@gmail.com
 

Work: 
(803) 569-6712
Description: 

Dr. Kagan provides consultation and training on traumatic stress and complex trauma treatment including Real Life Heroes® certificate training programs. He has had extensive leadership experience in non-profit child and family services as director of professional development, QI, research, and psychological services and has served as the principal investigator for two SAMHSA-funded NCTSN community practice site grants. Dr. Kagan has also served on the NCTSN Steering Committee, the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Board, the Complex Trauma and Child Welfare Committees, and co-led development of the NCTSN Resource Parent curriculum. He was formerly Director of Research and Consultation for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York, a NCTSN community services site since 2002. 

Dr. Kagan is the author and co-author of nine books: Families in Perpetual Crisis with Shirley Schlosberg (Norton), Turmoil to Turning Points; Building Hope for Children in Crisis Placements (Norton), Wounded Angels; Lessons from Children in Crisis (Child Welfare League of America); Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children (Routledge); Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect (Routledge), Real Life Heroes; a Life Storybook for Children 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions (Routledge) and the Real Life Heroes Practitioner’s Manual 1st and 2nd editions (Routledge). He has published over thirty articles, chapters, and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, training implementation, program evaluation, and quality improvement in family service and behavioral health treatment programs. Dr. Kagan’s presentations, articles, and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners and organizations can utilize to help children and families strengthen resilience and reduce traumatic stress.

Address: 
2629 Ion Avenue
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
Work: 
(843) 412-6706
Description: 

Elizabeth Ralston, PhD was the founding director of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Inc. (DNLCC) an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center located in Charleston, South Carolina and, since her retirement in 2012, has served as their Director Emeritus.

Dr. Ralston is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has served on the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Board of Directors and the NCA mental health standard revision committee, and participated in the partnership between NCA and NCTSN to develop the CAC Director’s Guide to Mental Health services. She currently serves as the vice chair of the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

Dr. Ralston served as the project director when DNLCC was designated as a Level III Center 2008, and implemented a community-based learning collaborative in the Charleston area in the provision of evidence-supported treatment for children with sexual behavior problems funded through SAMSHA. She has served as the co-director of Project BEST since 2007. This project, funded by the Duke Endowment, is a partnership between MUSC and NCVRC, and has developed and utilized a community based learning collaborative coordinated through Children’s Advocacy Centers.
The goal of Project BEST is to increase the availability of evidence-based treatment to the children of South Carolina by training community mental health professionals in the delivery of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with fidelity, and training community treatment brokers to do evidence-based treatment planning and case management.

In 2013, Project BEST was expanded to the South Carolina Trauma Practice Initiative, a partnership between the Duke Endowment, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, the National Crime Victims Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. The goal of SCTPI is to increase to 100% the number of professionals trained through PB by training the majority of clinicians, supervisors, and senior leaders within the public mental health system, as well as caseworkers, supervisors, and senior leaders within the child welfare system. This project is expected to significantly increase the availability of evidence-based practice to the children of South Carolina and also to increase the collaboration between mental health and child welfare professionals, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for abused/traumatized children and their families in South Carolina.
 

Medical University of South Carolina, Program on Adolescent Traumatic Stress

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2003 - 2007]
Description: 

The Mental Health Disparities Among Trauma-Exposed Youth Center is located within the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our center focuses on increasing access to, engagement in, and completion of culturally- and linguistically-appropriate, evidence-based treatments (EBT) for trauma-exposed African American, Latino, economically-disadvantaged, and rural/urban children and adolescents residing in 9 counties across South Carolina. We have a particular focus on utilizing specialized service modalities with evidence of reducing barriers to care, in particular community-based treatment and telemental health. The center seeks to (1) increase access to EBTs, among underserved populations through community-, telemedicine-, and office-based service provision modalities; (2) increase capacity of therapists to provide EBTs (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Culturally Modified-TF-CBT (CM-TF-CBT)) through learning collaboratives on EBTs; and (3) increase completion of services through reducing barriers to care and the provision of culturally-tailored treatment aimed at increasing engagement and reducing premature drop-out. Services are provided in a variety of community locations, including local child advocacy centers, schools, and pediatric primary care locations.

City, State: 
Charleston, SC
Contact: 
Michael deArellano
Phone: 
(843) 792-7112

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2009 - 2012]
Description: 
The Dee Norton Lowcounty Children’s Center (DNLCC) is a children’s advocacy center serving Charleston and Berkeley Counties in South Carolina. As a Category III site, the original project aimed to increase access to treatment for children and their non-offending caregivers traumatized by abuse who exhibit or who are at risk for exhibiting sexual behavior problems (SBPs). The goal was to reduce the negative impacts of SBP by increasing the number of direct services provided by clinicians and community partners trained in evidence-supported treatment interventions for 252 children and their non-offending caregivers. The children and caregivers DNLCC serves come from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. DNLCC implements the SBP treatments developed by the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as well as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and risk reduction family therapy. The Center trains mental health professionals and provides evidence-based treatment plans, case management, and monitoring for children and their families through weekly CAC multidisciplinary team case reviews.
City, State: 
Charleston, SC
Contact: 
Carole Swiecicki, Ph.D
Phone: 
(843) 723-3600
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