Dr. Adams is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. His work focuses on improving the quality and accessibility of behavioral health services for youth and families, particularly among those who have experienced trauma and adversity.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Adelphi University / Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment & Training
The Complex Trauma Training Consortium (CTTC) is a national trainer-training and workforce development initiative that will establish sustainable expertise in complex trauma understanding, assessment, and treatment within each of the 50 US states, the 5 territories, DC, and the four largest US metropolitan areas. The CTTC will create a self-sustainable network of over 200 state and territory-based trainers across 60 affiliate organizations nationwide, increasing access to resources and addressing behavioral health disparities in underserved areas with historically limited NCTSN presence. The 20-module, 40-hour CTTC curriculum spans a comprehensive range of topics, including the intersection of complex trauma with such adverse life experiences such as ancestral trauma, systemic racism, and substance abuse, and emphasizes the effects of complex trauma on high-risk and marginalized groups including immigrants, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ youth and families. The CTTC will conduct over 1,000 training events, delivering training to over 20,000 multidisciplinary providers, consumer and allied professionals nationwide. The CTTC is a partnership between Adelphi University, Alaska Behavioral Health, the Foundation Trust, and the University of Chicago, and is comprised of a faculty of over two dozen subject matter experts diverse in race, culture, language, geography and lived experience.
Alaska Child Trauma Center
The Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health provides comprehensive evidenced-based services to children and families impacted by trauma. It has served as an implementation center for ARC (Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency) Framework. The Alaska Child Trauma Center serves as a center of expertise in trauma treatment throughout Alaska with locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Treatment interventions include ARC treatment, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Child Parent Psychotherapy. The center specializes in early childhood intervention, transition age youth and serving military families.
Alex Barker (They/Them) is a young professional who began their career as a youth peer support specialist at FMRS Health Systems Inc., located in southern West Virginia. Through the agency, Alex joined the NCTSN Youth Task Force and has used their lived experience as a tool to increase the quality of services provided to youth and young adults. Although now working in Raleigh, NC as the Outreach Coordinator with the Capital Area Teen Court Program, Alex continues to share their knowledge and experiences inside the NCTSN and beyond. Outside of work, Alex serves on the board of directors for Safe Schools NC, a non-profit dedicated to resourcing teachers passionate about supporting LGBTQ+ youth in their classrooms. Additionally, Alex has partnered with NC State University on a research initiative addressing the professional development needs of 4-H program staff as they pertain to serving youth identifying in the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, Alex received the Youth Advocate of the Year Rockstar Award from Youth Move National. Alex is currently pursuing their MSW (Master of Social Work) and plans to use this degree in addressing needed systems changes that will impact service delivery for youth and young adults.
Aliviane™'s Youth and Family Outpatient serves children, adolescents, adults, and families in need of substance use and/or mental health counseling. Counselors and therapists are trained to treat a variety of behavioral health concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and other mental health or behavioral concerns.
Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents
Allegheny General Hospital's Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents' Treatment and Service Adaptation Center has national expertise in Evidence-Based Treatments for Traumatic Stress Reactions. The developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) will address behavioral health disparities for children with traumatic stress reactions including: 1) African American children who experience racial trauma; 2) children with parental substance abuse; and 3) children with COVID-19-related childhood traumatic grief (CTG). African American youth experience high rates of racial trauma, traumatic stress reactions, and are over-represented in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. We will conduct a learning community with Community Treatment and Services (CTS) Centers to adapt TF-CBT for racial trauma and develop related implementation products. Children with parental substance abuse (PSA) are at increased risk for child maltreatment and for developing traumatic stress reactions including traumatic separation and/or CTG. We will conduct a learning community with CTS Centers in order to adapt TF-CBT for youth with PSA and develop related implementation products. Thousands of children with COVID-19-related CTG have unique clinical manifestations that are under-recognized and under-treated. We will develop training products and train professionals in an integrated approach to recognize and respond to COVID-19-related CTG. We will increase TF-CBT and AF-CBT dissemination and sustainability by 1) training new TF-CBT supervisors and trainers, 2) developing a new online AF-CBT training course; and 3) providing TF-CBT or AF-CBT training, consultation or technical assistance.
Allegra Hirsh-Wright (she/her/hers), LCSW, works within the Department of Clinical Innovation at Maine Behavioral Healthcare. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of trauma-informed care, secondary traumatic stress (STS), burnout, and professional resilience and has presented on the topics in both national and local fora. Allegra has authored multiple resources on the topics of STS, compassion fatigue, and resilience, including fact sheets, a national website, STS Core Competencies for Supervisors, and a chapter on STS and compassion fatigue in national guidelines for pre-and post-natal treatment of women with substance use disorders. In addition, she has expertise in direct clinical practice as well as training, supervision, and implementation of multiple evidence-based child trauma treatment models, and is a nationally certified TF-CBT Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, and Consultant. Allegra sits on multiple statewide committees all working towards improving trauma-informed care across Maine and is a member of the University of Kentucky’s Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center National Advisory Board and a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Affiliate Advisory Committee. She is also an adjunct professor in the University of Southern Maine’s School of Social Work.
Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, Center for Trauma Care in Schools
Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP) created the Center for Trauma Care in Schools (CTCS) in 2016 through Cat. III funding from SAMHSA/NCTSI. The Center continues to be a hub for training and school-based delivery of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to treat traumatic stress in children in public schools in Massachusetts. AIP collaborates with Boston Public Schools (BPS), community mental health providers, graduate schools of social work and counseling, and the MA School Mental Health Consortium (MASMHC) to train clinicians and school-based interns to deliver evidence-based treatments (EBTs) to children with traumatic stress symptoms. Training provided by CTCS increases the number of school-based clinicians who can deliver EBPs for trauma, significantly increasing access to these needed services. CTCS also trains teachers and staff in trauma-informed practices, aligning closely with many district initiatives to address trauma and promote social-emotional wellness. In addition, CTCS provides evidence-informed group trauma treatment in Spanish for immigrant children and youth using STRONG (Supporting Transition Resilience Of Newcomer Groups). CTCS has 3 main goals: (1) To increase access to trauma services via school-based interventions; (2) To improve quality of services through provision of a continuum of evidence-based treatments; (3) To foster school environments that are more culturally responsive and trauma-informed.
Alston, Neka, MHA
From chronic exposure to varying levels of violence, substance abuse, family erosion, cultural discrimination, employment instability, chronic diseases, crime, suicide, incarceration, and reduced access to quality education and treatment - children in rural and low-income communities are forced to normalize an overwhelming number of traumatic stressors, and often endure a lifetime of associated hardships due to inadequate support. Raised in rural South Carolina, Neka Alston, Founder of Beyond Now Foundation, experienced each of these childhood traumas and the associated burdens that traveled along with her into every stage of life. In partnership with parents and schools, the goal of Beyond Now Foundation is to encourage a love of learning, inspire compassionate communities, and to advocate for innovative pathways that equip marginalized students with ""REAL"" opportunities for long-term success. The mission of Beyond Now Foundation is twofold: first to advance equity and diversity in early childhood education, and secondly to provide community-based outreach that encourages public support for rural and underserved families and schools.
American Institutes for Research
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) supports organizations across service systems in adopting a universal, trauma-informed approach. As a member of the NCTSN, AIR's National Center on Family Homelessness developed a first-of-its kind Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment for homeless service settings to support agencies serving trauma-exposed children and families in adopting a trauma-informed approach program and agency-wide. The Self-Assessment has since been adapted for community based agencies serving displaced children and families and for agencies serving women veterans experiencing homelessness. AIR continues to expand its work to support universal trauma-informed care through the creation of its Trauma-Informed Organizational Capacity (TIC) Scale, the first brief, validated instrument for measuring level of trauma-informed care across health and human service settings. AIR provides training and consultation to support the assessment and systemic implementation of a trauma-informed approach across child and youth-serving systems using its Trauma-Informed Systems Change Framework.