Michelle Arnold, MSW, was a project director of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, a grantee between 2009 and 2016. As part of a team, she provided technical assistance to over thirty youth serving agencies throughout Illinois. Michelle also co-trained over 1,000 staff to support their efforts to become trauma informed and to build capacity as supervisors, managers and administrators using a trauma lens in practice and policy.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Arreola, Cynthia, LMSW
Cynthia Arreola is a social justice advocate and licensed social worker who has been working in social services for over 25 years. Her experience ranges from direct services to managing and developing programs. She has worked with populations from infancy to adulthood in areas of domestic violence, health care, homelessness/housing, child welfare and early childhood trauma. Ms. Arreola is the former Program Manager for the Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked for over 12 years. In this capacity, she co-developed a Trauma-informed Socially-Just service delivery model for young children and families impacted by trauma. She also worked on several grass roots initiatives and participated in local Coalitions working to end violence. Ms. Arreola served as the co-chair of the NCTSN IPV Collaborate Group and is currently part of the core development group for the Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) 2.0, which is specific to Latin American families. Additionally, Ms. Arreola is receiving training to become a rostered NCTSN Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment (TIOA) Coach. Ms. Arreola is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work and has a Certification in Spirituality and Social Work from New York University. She works as a consultant dedicated to developing spiritually sensitive trauma-informed models of care for BIPOC communities that center healing through culture.
Association of Africans Living in Vermont
The Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV.Inc) is a community-based nonprofit organization located in Burlington, Vermont. AALV has delivered bilingual/bicultural bridging case-management services for thousands of refugees resettling in Vermont from all parts of the world. This includes immigrant youth, adults, and families since 2005, and is among the most respected providers nationally of the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Ethnic Community Self-Help model of refugee assistance. The programs offered by AALV are many, and include both a youth development program, providing tutoring and mentoring to refugee and immigrant youth with the aim of providing a safe community space for young people and to work towards improving school performance; and a health and behavioral health program, focused on health promotion, referrals to medical and mental health providers, mutual support for survivors of sexual violence, and health education.
Aurora Mental Health Center
The Trauma Resilience Youth Program (TRYP) was established in 2016 as a five-year grantee from SAMHSA and National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative–Category 3 (2016-2021), and continues to be a SAMHSA funded NCTSI Cat III grantee (2021-2026). TRYP aims to address disparities in accessibility to mental health services for refugee and immigrant families who have resettled in Colorado, as well as to provide treatment needs specific to cultural adaptations and implementation in a service system that effectively engages and retains this specific population. Over the five year grant period, we aim to serve at least 690 children and families. Programming includes providing direct evidence-based mental disorder treatment and services including screening, assessment, case management, therapy, prevention, interpretation, and cultural brokerage.
Azusa Pacific University, Community Counseling Center
Azusa Pacific University's Community Counseling Center (CCC) offers culturally sensitive, multidisciplinary mental health and psychological assessment services for clients of all ages across the San Gabriel Valley, in Los Angeles County. Located in the city of Azusa, CA, and working with local cities and school districts, the center is a trusted leader in mental health prevention and intervention, including trauma-informed care. The center is committed to advancing wellness by facilitating client access to care, and engaging the community through a collaborative approach to service delivery. An active leader and participant on San Gabriel Valley health consortiums, APU's CCC is committed to robust training opportunities and quality client care. Services include individual, child, family, and couples work.
Babel, Korinne H., PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S
Korinne is a former Children's Therapist from the Family Sunshine Center where she provided TF-CBT to children 3-17 and was active in the NCTSN. Korinne remains involved as an affiliate member of the NCTSN while working as an Assistant Professor at Troy University and providing play therapy in a private practice setting.
Bahati, Bijoux ,MSW
Barba, Antonia, LCSW
Antonia Barba, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a consultant, educator and clinician who has been working in the community mental health field for 15+ years. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the NCTSN Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Collaborative Group and has helped develop numerous resources and tools for trauma-informed care with LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Antonia strives to create inclusive spaces where providers, youth, and programs can safely try new things, provide mutual support, and grow as individuals and organizations. She collaborates with advocates and mental healthcare providers across the country to create resources and best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth in care, transition-age youth, and survivors of child abuse and sex trafficking. She is passionate about transforming the way we think about and provide mental health services, and is excited to be engaged in work that honors and is informed by the lived experiences of youth and 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, now the Young Adult Collective, and has used their lived experience as a tool to increase the quality of services provided to youth and young adults. 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, they have 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 and plans to use this degree in addressing needed systems changes that will impact service delivery for youth and young adults.