Sara McConnell is an educator and clinical interpreter with over 20 years of experience. In recent years she has worked for Colorado State University's community outreach program, serving the local Hispanic community by providing interpretive services in conjunction with social workers, judges and the courts, psychiatric and medical professionals. Her primary clients are child victims of trauma and their families.
Roy Van Tassell is the former Director of Clinical Services for Family & Children's Services in Tulsa OK. a Category 3 Treatment Center. He currently is Director Trauma and Evidenced-based Interventions for Cenpatico, and an active affiliate. He is a TF-CBT National Trainer, participated in several national and state level TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives and has been actively involved in the Child Sexual Abuse and Child Traumatic Grief workgroups as well as other NCTSN initiatives.
Laurie Brown currently serves as the treatment and services director on an ACF collaborative grant between the University of Vermont and the Department of Children and Families. The project is working on improving placement stability for adoptive children after trauma. In addition, Laurie continues to provide attachment, self-regulation, and competency (ARC) consultation services through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts.
Joyce Dorado is the co-founder and director of UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools), a multilevel prevention and intervention program that collaborates with the San Francisco Unified School District to promote school success for students who have experienced complex trauma, by creating school environments that are more trauma-sensitive and supportive of the needs of these students. She is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of Clinical Research and Evaluation at Child and Adolescent Services (CAS), a trauma-informed mental health clinic at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital that provides services to children, youth, and families from under-resourced, culturally diverse communities. Dr. Dorado led and coordinated CAS data contributions to the NCTSN Core Data Set for over six years, collaborated with Laurel Kiser and the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center to implement and help evaluate Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR) multifamily groups at CAS, and currently participates in the Family Systems and the Schools Collaborative Groups.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is a multi-disciplinary child abuse team and child advocacy center comprised of social workers, psychologists, child abuse physicians and fellows, child protection case workers, prosecutors, and police. The Center screens over 2,000 families each year for child abuse and neglect and provides several trauma-informed psychological therapies including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and child and family traumatic stress intervention (CFTSI). The Center provides local, statewide, and national trainings including Beyond the Silence Forensic Interviewing, Darkness to Light, PCIT, Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), Child Abuse Pediatrics and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training. The Divisional research focuses on adverse childhood experiences, traumatic brain injury, traumatic stress, parent and child interaction parenting support and adversity screening in pediatric primary care. The Mayerson Center is also building community capacity to address and prevent trauma and child maltreatment.
Ashley Labistour is a UC Davis-approved PCIT trainer and a nationally approved trainer for Trauma-Focused CBT. She formerly served as a treatment coordinator specializing in child sexual abuse at Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles for 11 years. She currently provides TF-CBT training and consultation for various agencies in Southern and Northern California.
Alice Conte was the former Director of Trauma Services at Gateway Community Services. She is now Vice President at Children's Educational Services. Alice will continue to be involved with NCTSN activities focusing on expanding evidenced based trauma services in the North Florida Area.
University of Arkansas Medical SCIS, Little Rock, The Arkansas Network for Early Stress and Trauma (NEST)
The Arkansas Network for Early Stress and Trauma (NEST) will do the following: (1) provide culturally competent, client-centered, family-focused, evidence-based assessment and treatment—including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)—to traumatized children aged 0–5 referred by child welfare professionals, early childhood educators, military partners and/or child advocates; (2) train, coach, and monitor fidelity of mental health professionals to implement evidence-based interventions targeting young children; and (3) develop training materials, resource kits, and other tools to enhance trauma-informed practices for children aged 0–5 in court, child welfare, child advocacy, early childhood education, veteran, and military systems.
BeMe is a state wide initiative, with trauma specific screening, assessment, and interventions provided through our CMHCs and other contracted providers. Agencies with TF-CBT therapists can be located at the OUHSC website, www.oklahomatfcbt.org. Along with trauma specific services, we focus on systemic trauma-informed culture change through intra- and inter-agency trainings, collaborations, and policy change. To help maximize spread, we have a free 3 hour "Trauma Is Just the Beginning" eLearning, that provides CEUs and can be accessed on our webpage, http://www.ok.gov/odmhsas/Mental_Health/SHARE/index.html. We are developing additional trainings to further assist agencies in implementing trauma-informed principles, policies, and practice.
The Texas Children Recovering from Trauma initiative will transform children’s mental health services in Texas into a trauma-informed care system that fosters resilience and recovery. The target populations are children and adolescents aged 3–17 who are from military families and/or who have experienced or witnessed trauma. The initiative will work to transform Texas’s mental health services, beginning with two local Mental Health Authorities (community mental health centers) in central Texas as pilot sites. The project will serve 1,360 unduplicated children and adolescents during the grant period, at least 10 percent of whom (136) will be from military families. To reach this goal, the initiative will train the Texas mental health workforce, enhancing policies and practices, and increasing the number of mental health professionals trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).