Trauma-Informed Care for Very Young Children in Poverty Project (TIC-YC) is a collaboration of Penfield Children’s Center, a Birth-to-Three agency, and Marquette University, both of which are located in the central city of Milwaukee WI. The Behavior Clinic, the home of TIC-YC, was founded in 2003 to provide in-home, mental health services to children 5 years of age and younger with significant behavior and emotional problems. Referrals come from over 80 community agencies, individual service providers (e.g., pediatricians, public health nurses, social workers), and parents. The two primary goals of TIC-YC are: (1) provide trauma-informed care to children, 0-5, most of whom live in poverty and (2) increase local capacity to serve these children through: a. service agreements with other local agencies and schools to provide integrated care for traumatized young children; b. training teachers and other individuals who work daily with these children to recognize trauma symptoms, have knowledge of available trauma-related services, and refer these children’s families to appropriate service providers; and c. training community-based professionals to become competent to deliver the Early Pathways (EP) Program. EP integrates improving parent-child relationships, teaching cognitive-behavioral strategies within a sound developmental framework, and incorporating current trauma research to provide caregivers with practical tools taught within a flexible and hands-on format in the familiar setting of the children’s homes. EP was recognized as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and as highly relevant to the child welfare system by the California Evidence- Based Clearinghouse.
Joy Solano was an Intake Therapist and Community Representative for the Youth Trauma Center at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD. She is TF-CBT certified and trained in CBITS. She now works for Canvas Health out of North Branch, MN as part of a mobile crisis response team in rural communities.
Jennifer is an affiliate member of the NCTSN. She is an approved national trainer in TF-CBT and CBITS. In her private practice she provides trauma-specific treatment to children, adolescents, and their caregivers.
Carrie Finkbiner worked at a NCTSN Category III site where she was trained in TF-CBT and SPARCS. Currently at the WI Department of Children and Families, Carrie works with NCTSN TF-CBT and Resource Parent trainers to integrate trauma-focused treatment and training into the child welfare service array.
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.