Saprina Matheny was the Clinical Program Manager for the Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota. In that role, she provided clinical consultation and training related to the implementation of Trauma Informed Communities/Practices to a variety of audiences, including education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and clinicians. She now provides outpatient therapy, as well as supervision, consultation, and training with a particular emphasis on implementation of TF-CBT.
University of Minnesota, Ambit Network, Midwest Continuum of Care for Child Trauma
The Center for Resilient Families is a partnership between Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota, and developers of evidence-based family programs at Arizona State University’s REACH institute, Implementation Sciences International, and the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. The Center aims to raise awareness of and increase access to family interventions that promote resilience in traumatized children and will reduce disparities in service access, use, and training by targeting trauma-informed family interventions to isolated families in transition: those with a parent deployed to war, Native American families on reservations, immigrant and refugee families, families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and families in which a parent has been killed. We will adapt and widely implement an array of five evidence-based parenting interventions, all of which have been tested and shown to be effective at strengthening resilience among traumatized families. These interventions are: Family check-up/FCU; the Family Bereavement Program; Parent Management Training-Oregon model/PMTO, and its validated adaptations for military families – After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT; and Latino immigrant families – CAPAS. Developers will work closely with communities within and beyond the NCTSN to implement and sustain programs via learning collaboratives for providers serving our target family populations. We will provide national leadership by developing products aimed at helping families, those who provide them with services, and communities, to understand the impact of traumatic stress on parents, and the crucial role of parenting in promoting children's resilience.