As funded CAT III site Project Director, in addition to successfully administering the SAMHSA grant funding and providing oversight of the implementation of the Project, Nancy also developed the trauma awareness training for the Project and successfully administered it to over 300 percent of the first-year target population goal within seven months. Unsolicited feedback received for the training includes: “Your presentation was FANTASTIC!!! My teachers were still talking about it today! I would love for you to come and facilitate some additional training for our teachers if you can!! We have grade level meetings on Fridays. Let me know if you can or are interested! Thank you so much!!” -- Principal, Montgomery Public Schools “I heard rave reviews on your training. Great job!! Thank you!” -- Social Worker (LCSW, PIP), Montgomery Public Schools “The trauma training was extremely informative and useful for classroom management techniques, especially for those of us who work with high school students. Five stars!” -- High School Teacher, Montgomery Public Schools
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Florida State University
The Florida State University Center for Child Stress and Health is a clinical resource center for patients and professionals that provide primary, secondary and tertiary health prevention for children exposed to toxic stress, especially those in rural, minority and underserved communities. In partnership with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, a Federally Qualified Health Center, it serves as a research, teaching, and service site for medical students, postdoctoral health psychology fellows and residents in providing integrated primary care for children with physical and behavioral healthcare needs. The Center serves as a national resource on effective treatment and service approaches for child trauma experiences by young/preschool children- specifically those from migrant farm-working families. Resources and services are provided in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. The Center:
- Develops research on impact of toxic stress in children from rural and diverse backgrounds.
- Develops screening and treatment for children in primary care exposed to toxic stress.
- Translates evidenced based prevention strategies and treatments for use with rural and minority children.
- Provides education and resources to healthcare providers and early childhood educators on toxic stress and its impact on physical and mental health through a website and professional education.
- Develops health information technology applications to improve access to care.
- Provides a telemedicine training and consultation service to make integrated behavioral health expertise available to physicians in primary care.
FMRS Health Systems, Inc.
The Resilience for Appalachian Youth—Overcoming Trauma (RAPP) Project is a collaboration of three nonprofit, comprehensive, behavioral health centers (FMRS Health Systems, Inc., Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center and Seneca Health Services) in West Virginia. The RAPP Project serves children, adolescents, and families (including veterans) who experience multiple traumatic experiences in an 11-county area of southern West Virginia known for poverty, poor health, drug-addicted young parents and minimal access to services. RAPP is increasing awareness of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practices throughout the state and among agencies who provide children’s services; providing training in evidence-based treatment (PCIT and TF-CBT) including web-based, on-site, and virtual training to therapists throughout southern West Virginia; increasing staff and evidence-based treatment to children/adolescents with identified trauma in each of the three partnering centers via center, school-based, and expanded use of telehealth; and collaborating with community and state stakeholders in developing and promoting policies supporting the implementation of trauma-informed services and practices across the state of WV. RAPP is collaborating with consumers and community agency leaders and a strong Evaluation Team in implementing the project and maintaining long term sustainability to improve the quality of life and resilience of WV children and families.
Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
The National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development, established in 2009, prepared social workers for trauma informed and evidence-based trauma treatment.
A partnership between Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, the National Center furthered our mission through collaborative work with schools of social work and community agencies and with national partners including the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) trauma treatment developers, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Implementation Science Resource Network (NIRN).
The National Center for Social Work Trauma:
-Disseminated its Core Concepts course to more than 650 schools of social work and over 100 faculty.
-Had a Certificate program in Trauma specialization for MSW students.
-Established a full educational model at partner schools complete with specialized coursework in trauma, training in an evidence-based trauma treatment, and field instruction in the same evidence based trauma treatment during the advanced year of the MSW program.
-Collaborates with NCTSN to disseminate the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma and associated educational products, and in partnership with NIRN works with select partner schools and their local community agencies to enhance agency readiness for implementation of trauma-informed and evidence-based trauma treatment practices.
Since 2017 Fordham Graduate School of Social Service faculty, students and the communities we serve have continued to benefit from our affiliation with NCTSN.
Frontline Service Trauma Department
Frontline Service is a private nonprofit community mental health agency whose mission includes ending homelessness, resolving crisis and overcoming Child and Adult Trauma. We reach out to those children and families whose lives have been shattered by violence. We work closely with children and families who have experienced or witnessed the sudden loss of a loved one, are co-victims of homicide, endure a family suicide or experience physical or sexual trauma and the needs of children and adolescents who are impacted by their parent's incarceration. The Trauma Department houses the Children Who Witness Violence Program, Defending Childhood County Wide Trauma Screening and Assessment, The Loss Response Team, Children of Incarcerated Parents, TF-CBT Counseling, Our services include 24 hour Crisis Response, Trauma Informed Diagnostic Screening and Assessment in Child Welfare and Juvenile Court. Advocacy, Case Management, assistance with completion of Victim of Crime Compensation, provision of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, System Navigation within DCFS, Probate Court, Juvenile Court. Enhanced Visitation for Children of Incarcerated Parents, Camp Bridges, Camp Hope, Field Trips and training of other professionals in the community.
Gahr, Jessica, MA
Jessica Gahr is a treatment clinician at the SAFE program. Jessica works primarily with court-involved children and adolescents who have engaged in problematic sexual behaviors. She values open communication and family-involvement when providing services.
Garst, Lynn, MEd
Lynn Garst, M.Ed. currently works as the Pediatric Disaster Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. He also serves as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Center for Resilience and Wellbeing in Schools at the University of Colorado, an NCTSN Category II site. He was the Principal Investigator for a Category III site at the Mental Health Center of Denver and remains an active affiliate member of the NCTSN.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project Intersect is focused on improving the well-being of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) through the provision of high quality trauma-focused evidence-based treatment to exploited children and their families and the training of professionals across child-serving systems to better recognize and respond to the needs of exploited children. A primary goal of the project involves building and sustaining a network of skilled therapists providing trauma-focused treatment (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to children and families. Additionally, Project Intersect is actively engaged with systems, community organizations and caregivers who provide services and ongoing care and support to youth who have been commercially sexually exploited, or who are at risk of exploitation. The project works with professionals in juvenile justice, child welfare/foster care, and homeless/runaway and LGBTQ youth-serving organizations to create more trauma-informed systems through training, ongoing support and consultation and promoting culture change within families and organizations.
Goldman Fraser, Jenifer
Jenifer Goldman Fraser was the former PI for the Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. in that capacity, Jenifer served as faculty for the senior leadership track for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaboratives in Massachusetts where she developed a CPP sustainability tool. Jenifer is now the Senior Research Analyst and Program Development Specialist for ZERO TO THREE's Infant-Toddler Court Program, a national initiative to support implementation of infant-toddler court teams in jurisdictions across the United States funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She recently co-authored a set of online learning modules on enhanced practices for judges and attorneys to meet the needs of very young children involved with child welfare services that will be available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway Learning Center in early 2019. She produced a module on parent trauma and on building a trauma-responsive court for the online curriculum. Additionally, Jenifer was the PI for the first comparative effectiveness review of interventions for children exposed to trauma, conducted under the auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program and which used exhaustive systematic review methodology to assess the strength of the evidence in support of interventions.
Goldsmith, Douglas, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas Goldsmith was the Executive Director of The Children's Center, a private not for profit mental health agency in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1995 until 2018 when he entered private practice. During his tenure he lead the agency to secure NSTSN membership in 2009 and 2012. Those 7 years with NCTSN transformed The Children's Center into a truama center for families in Salt Lake City. The clinical team received intensive training in TF -CBT, CPP, and ARC. He lectured clinicians throughout the state on how to recognize and treat trauma in very young children. And in 2017 he was asked by the Lieutenant Governor of the state to chair a committee responsible for creating a roadmap to make Utah a trauma informed state. Dr. Goldsmith is an expert in the area of attachment and co-edited a book titled, "Attachment Theory in Clinical Work with Children". His clinical work focuses on the intersection between attachment and trauma and treatment implications for young children. He is frequently asked to provide expert witness testimony on the impact of trauma on young children exposed to high conflict divorce, accidents, and refugee status. He continues to provide trauma treatment to families and children from toddlers through teens in his private practice.