The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children will adapt two evidence-based interventions to serve young children in deployed military families and traumatized adolescents in juvenile justice and residential treatment settings. Both groups include children at risk for or displaying trauma-related problems—such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and/or behavior problems—due to extended parental deployments; and adolescents with complex trauma histories including child maltreatment, and family or community violence. Called A Continuum of Trauma Care: Adapting Evidence-based Practices to Promote Resiliency from Military Families through Juvenile Justice Settings, the program will adapt Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma- and Grief-Focused Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A) for Juvenile Justice Settings (JJSs) and Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs). For each group, the center will provide training protocols and resources, implementation strategies, train-the-trainer toolkits, and a web-based training. Beginning with pilot sites in Ohio (JJS/RTC) and at Fort Hood and Tripler Army Medical Center (military families), scores of children, adolescents, and families will be served in the first year, expanding to directly serving hundreds in years two and three.
Ashley Labistour was a former treatment coordinator specializing in child sexual abuse and PCIT at Children's Institute Inc. in Los Angeles for 11 years. She is a Train the Trainer for Trauma-Focused CBT, continuing to provide consultations and training for CII, while hoping to expand training opportunities to agencies north of Los Angeles (i.e., Ventura and Santa Barbara counties).
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.
Jacquelyn Pidruzny was involved at the Cullen Center of Toledo Children's Hospital for two years during her graduate training in clinical child psychology. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, where she focuses her efforts on clinical practice and disseminating information on effective treatment of trauma in early childhood and children with autism spectrum disorders. She is eager to participate in numerous NCTSN activities related to these populations.