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Network Members

This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.

Family Service of RI

Organizational Affiliate - Rhode Island
Funding Period:
2009-2012, 2012-2016

Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) strives to support a system of care in Rhode Island that is trauma-informed and focused. This is accomplished through direct treatment, education, training, and consultation. FSRI implements several trauma-focused, evidence-based treatments in a variety of programs. FSRI has implemented a continuum of Trauma Systems Therapy throughout our child welfare programs (Residential, Foster Care, and Community Services) and offers TF-CBT, EMDR, and AF-CBT through the Trauma Outpatient Clinic. FSRI also has a robust partnership with several law enforcement systems where FSRI staff respond with Police Officers to traumatic incidents. Based on the Child Development-Community Policing Model, FSRI's "Police Go-Team" has expanded the model to include victims of all ages impacted by trauma. FSRI offers training and consultation to various systems of care including schools, child welfare,law enforcement, behavioral health, and the medical community. FSRI has trainers who have implemented the Resource Parent Curriculum, Think Trauma, Psychological First Aid, the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, as well as various other training's related to trauma and it's impact and how to respond.

55 Hope St, PO Box 6688
Providence , RI 02940

Family Sunshine Center

Organizational Affiliate - Alabama
Funding Period:
2012-2016, 2018-2023


The Family Sunshine Center (FSC) fosters hope and healing for survivors of family violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking through crisis intervention, safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and supportive services, aiming to empower survivors to lead safe, violence-free lives. The CARES (Children Advancing Through Recovery and Empowerment Services) Project, a division of FSC's Children's Services Department, offers counseling proven effective in addressing symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, sexualized behaviors, and feelings of shame and mistrust often displayed by children exposed to trauma. Staffed by licensed therapists trained in various evidenced-based therapies (TF-CBT, CBITS, etc.), CARES serves children and youth ages 3-18, tailoring the number of sessions to meet each child's needs. Services are available for those who have witnessed or experienced various traumas, including family violence, sexual abuse, neglect, child abuse, sex and/or labor trafficking, community violence, bullying, or traumatic grief involving the death of a caregiver or sibling. Our free services are open to everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, sex, status, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or any other factor.

858 South Court Street
Montgomery , AL 36104

Fernandez-Marcote, Sara

Individual Affiliate - Pennsylvania

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Philadelphia. I served as the Project Manager for Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services (PACTS), a category III NCTSN site for three years. In this role, I oversaw the implementation of trauma-specific services by PACTS’ citywide network of 17 community behavioral health agencies. I also lead efforts to increase awareness of childhood trauma amongst the most vulnerable (Unaccompanied Children, CSEC youth, and LGBTQI youth). I am a passionate proponent of increasing access to culturally responsive behavioral health services to trauma-impacted youth. I have over a decade of experience providing behavioral health services in community-based settings. I am originally from Spain and being bilingual has afforded me the opportunities to work with Latinx families in the Philadelphia area. I am a certified Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma Basic Facilitator, and I have received training in Trauma-Focused CBT, Perinatal Depression, Sanctuary Model, Problem Gambling, and Tobacco Cessation.

Philadelphia , PA
(267) 230-5925

Fitzpatrick, Nancy

Individual Affiliate - Alabama

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--a school-based therapy initiative that serves children, ages three to 18, who have experienced various types of trauma, Nancy also developed the trauma awareness training for the Project on (1) How to Recognize Trauma; (2) How to Respond to Trauma; (3) How to Create Trauma-informed Systems for Children; and (4) How to Manage Secondary Traumatic Stress. Nancy successfully administered these trainings to over 300 percent of the first-year target population goal within 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. As a National Steering Committee member and an Affiliate Advisory Council member with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) with Duke University and UCLA, and as a national advisory board member of the TRANSFORM (Trauma and Racism Addressed by Navigating Systemic Forms of Oppression using Resilience Methods) Program with Washington State University, Nancy works closely with trauma-focused research professionals and evidence-based intervention providers to promote awareness and create transformative training tools to develop trauma-informed systems of care. As a passionate advocate for the homeless, for those who suffer with mental illness, and for children impacted by trauma, Nancy continues to use her unique skill set and her commitment to learning to maximize every effort in developing solutions for at-risk populations. Nancy also serves as the Health Committee Co-Chair for the Milwaukee Section of the National Council of Negro Women.

Millbrook , AL

Florida State University Center for Child Stress & Health

Organizational Affiliate - Florida
Funding Period:

The mission of the Center for Child Stress & Health is to provide clinical resources for patients, families and professionals that provide primary, secondary and tertiary health prevention for children exposed to traumatic stress, especially those in rural, minority and underserved communities.The Center focuses on two primary ares: working with pediatric clinics with integrated behavioral health, developing screenings and interventions for early detection and intervention of toxic stress and conducting community based research focused on the needs of underserved populations. Trainings, both in-person and virtual, are  offered locally and nationally for health professionals and early childhood educators working with children and families exposed to trauma as a result of immigration and migrant life. Resources and trainings are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

1441 Heritage Blvd
Immokalee , FL 34142

FMRS Health Systems, Inc.

Organizational Affiliate - West Virginia
Funding Period:

FMRS Health Systems, Inc. is a comprehensive behavioral health center in West Virginia and former SAMHSA Child Trauma grantee. FMRS has offices in Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe Counties. Specialized programs are offered to meet the needs of children and adults experiencing emotional, behavioral, developmental or substance abuse problems. Our goal is to assist people in identifying and addressing problems early in an effort to prevent more serious difficulties from occurring. Our children therapists utilize evidence based practices such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our robust children's system of care includes Children's Mental Health Wraparound, Mobile Crisis Unit, Expanded School Mental Health, Crisis Respite, and a Regional Youth Services site offering case management, suicide prevention, and adolescent substance use services.

101 S. Eisenhower Drive
Beckley , WV 25801

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

Organizational Affiliate - New York
Funding Period:
2009-2012, 2012-2016

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.

113 W 60th Street
New York , NY 10023

Gahr, Jessica, MA

Individual Affiliate

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.


Gardner, Sarah

Individual Affiliate - Maryland

Sarah A. Gardner, M.S.W. is the Director of Clinical Services at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Gardner has over 30 years of experience with direct service, supervision, consultation, emergency management, program development and administration in an urban mental health clinic serving traumatized children and families. Ms. Gardner's primary areas of expertise are intergenerational trauma patterns and engaging families from racially, ethnically and economically marginalized populations. Ms. Gardner developed FamilyLive, an innovative family therapy model which helps caregivers with unresolved trauma histories develop parenting skills. Ms. Gardner, co-chair emeritus of NCTSN's Partnering with Youth and Families Committee, has led national efforts and developed numerous  resources to reduce  barriers to and increase engagement with mental health services through consumer provider partnerships.   

Baltimore , MD
(443) 923-5957

Garst, Lynn, MEd

Individual Affiliate - Colorado

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.

Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment Loveland , CO
(303) 941-0247