Kim Eithun was the former Operations Lead at the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health where she supported the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact effort to provide trauma specific interventions and trauma-informed services across child and family serving systems. She participated in the Trauma and Recovery Project supported by NCTSN. The project promotes accessible, coordinated and effective trauma-focused treatments for children and families that are in the child welfare system or are at risk of entering the system in Milwaukee and Racine. The project also reduces health disparities among underserved racial and ethnic groups by expanding capacity in TF-CBT, PCIT and CPP. The Trauma and Recovery Project was embedded in the statewide Wisconsin Trauma Project which promoted the three trauma therapies as well as trauma-informed parenting and trauma-informed care in multiple disciplines.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Emery, Debra W., PhD
Debra Emery was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now works at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and serves as the psychologist on the hematology/oncology team. Her interests include complex trauma and integrated care.
Erstling, Susan, LICSW, PhD
Susan Erstling was Senior Vice President, Trauma and Victim Services, Family Service of RI, where she served as Principal Investigator for NCTSN grants. She developed numerous, award winning partnerships which disseminated trauma care and education statewide. Included in these partnerships were collaborations with several state and local police departments, the Adult Correctional Institute, the Parole Board, Adoption RI, Roger William University, School of Criminal Justice, the DOJ funded State Victim Assistance Academy, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Military organizations, and helped integrate the Core Concepts course at RI College, School of Social Work, where she currently teaches as an adjunct faculty.
Susan is the Board Chairperson of Lucy's Hearth, a trauma informed family shelter, for homeless families and children.
Espinoza Hernandez, Rosa, PsyD
Rosa Espinoza Hernandez Psy.D. (she, her, ella) is a Clinical Psychologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles – USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Dr. Hernandez is a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural psychologist whose clinical work is driven by her commitment to increase access to quality care in underserved communities. Dr. Hernandez works with children and adolescents, ranging from early childhood to transition age youth. Her areas of experience include working with individuals who experienced medical or immigration-related trauma, court- and gang-involved youth, integrated primary care, and families who are involved with the department of child and family services/child protective services. She provides client-centered care and applies culturally sensitive adaptations of various models such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy within her practice.
Etue, Jennifer, LICSW
Nova is a policy professional who consults and collaborates with state agencies and community partners to implement multi-system and cross-agency policy initiatives to ensure unified approaches to behavioral health service delivery and improve outcomes for children, adults, and families with behavioral health needs. Most recently she initiated and oversaw a Statewide Cross Systems Trauma-Informed Care Transformation initiative in Texas. She has also served as the policy subject matter expert on MH/IDD at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission since 2012. Nova’s specific focus areas include, improving behavioral health services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), increasing access to mental health care for first responders, enhancing school mental health partnerships, and strengthening trauma-informed care policy across systems. She is trained as a trauma-sensitive schools coach, and a trauma-informed care and mindfulness for schools trainer, and works closely with state and local education partners in supporting implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools through a SAMHSA-AWARE grant and legislative implementation.
As a previous intern at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD, I worked with children and families who have experienced trauma. I am moving to Washington where I will work as a therapist with teens who are experiencing co-occurring disorders, often associated with trauma.
Fairbanks Native Association
The Fairbanks Native Association (FNA) Youth and Young Adult Services (YYA) Healing the Hurts project will focus on acts of violence – child abuse and neglect, sexual violence, and suicide – all of which AI/AN experience at disproportionate rates. The purpose of Healing the Hurts is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment services in the Fairbanks North Star Borough for AI/AN children, adolescents, and the families who experience trauma events.
Family and Children's Service, Inc., NJ
Family & Children's Services (FACS) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is providing trauma treatment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families who experience/witness traumatic events. Utilizing interventions developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Transforming Trauma will continue to provide leadership on child/adolescent issues to the provider communities throughout New Jersey, build the capacity of statewide service system to implement trauma-informed service practices (including professional training, public information, and outreach/screening, referral), and build a network of trauma-capable providers. Transforming Trauma will focus on making services accessible to military families that live on or near nearby military bases, homeless families, forensically-involved and other underserved youth and their families. We will train clinicians throughout the state of New Jersey to deliver services to children and families impacted by trauma utilizing one of four evidence-based therapeutic models including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT); and Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS).