Youth and Family Alliance (LifeWorks) believes that everyone – regardless of circumstance - has the right to safe housing, the right to dignified work, and the right to heal from trauma. We support this commitment by providing a continuum of shelter and housing for transition-age youth; counseling and psychiatric services; and education and workforce opportunities to the greater Austin area. Our newly funded Trauma-Informed Community-Based Counseling Program serves transition-age youth, ages 16-21, who have experienced traumatic life events, frequently exacerbated by involvement in the foster care or criminal justice systems, homelessness, growing up in extreme poverty, or coming from a military family. Peer Support Specialists provide outreach and ongoing peer support as well as linkage to Community-Based Counselors. Using the Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A), Counselors serve eligible youth referred through community outreach or through our partner organizations, Austin Child Guidance Center, Texas Network of Youth Services, Austin Opportunity for Youth, and Project Engage of County Court #6. LifeWorks mission is fearless advocacy on behalf of youth and families who are finding their pathway to self-sufficiency.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Lifeworks, TX: Youth and Family Alliance
LifeWorksNW/Children's Relief Nursery
Overview: LifeWorks NW™'s (LWNW™'s) Children™'s Relief Nursery™'s (CRN) purpose is to prevent abuse and neglect in children birth through five years of age by partnering with caregivers committed to strengthening their families. We provide wraparound services to families with challenging life circumstances. Our emphasis is on secure, safe and stable parent-child relationships and the social and emotional well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable of children. CRN has a range of core programs and services which include family risk factor assessments; therapeutic classrooms; respite child care; parenting classes; mental health intervention (infant-toddler mental health and Child Parent Psychotherapy-CPP); home visiting; and intensive case management. The program is tailored to engage and impact families using evidence based best practices to achieve positive outcomes. CRN serves communities with large minority and underserved populations, who are over represented in the child welfare system, and are residents living in North and Outer East Portland.
Lindsay Lee is the Project Manager for the Restorative Justice Partnership (RJP), a coalition of racial justice, education, labor, and community groups working to ensure widespread and high quality implementation of restorative practices in Denver and nationwide. Before joining the team at RJP, Lindsay worked as the Director of Military and Restorative Programs with Project Fleur-de-lis in New Orleans, supporting individual schools as they began their journey towards becoming restorative schools and away from punitive discipline. This restorative program was built on a network of schools providing trauma counseling to students, and inspired by the need for a strong relational community in the school building to support the intensive work the young people were being asked to do. Lindsay spent three years as a school social worker advocating for restorative practices at the building level before shifting into a bigger picture role. Lindsay believes strongly in the mission of RJP, the importance of restorative justice practices as foundational to treating child trauma in education, ending the schoolto-prison pipeline and modeling the effectiveness and sustainability of community building as an alternative.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
This center to improve the well-being of youth with Developmental Disabilities (DD) impacted by trauma at LIJ Medical Center of Northwell Health increases DD caregivers' sensitivity to trauma-related needs and increases the availability of clinicians who can provide treatment for this doubly vulnerable population. Strategies include cross-training for developmental disabilities and trauma and development and dissemination of DD-appropriate trauma-related assessment tools and treatment adaptations. The project facilitates dissemination of the recently developed NCTSN toolkit, Road to Recovery, to increase awareness of the effects of trauma on youth with DD and develop additional materials based on the needs assessment. Initial target audiences are agencies specializing in services for children with developmental disabilities and community-based clinical providers; subsequently, this will be expanded to other providers in special education, child welfare, and medical settings; and finally, military/veteran families coping with both service-related issues and developmental disabilities will be included. The center will collaborate with identified partners working to adapt assessment and intervention tools for youth with DD within NCTSN and seek additional partners to create a collaborative group focusing on this population. By the end of the project, the center will have developed a guide to assist in matching type of disability with best available practices and develop a methodology for communities to assess their unique combination of needs and resources to enhance services for the DD youth, their families, and their providers.
Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSU)
The Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSU) is a Category II site called the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience program which works with partners across the nation to develop evidence-based materials and train on interventions to support the behavioral health, well-being, and resilience of children, their families, and communities in the face of terrorism and disaster. The program supports stakeholders and coalition members in their efforts to implement and sustain evidenced-based practices by aiding in making the necessary adaptations to fit the unique needs of each region impacted by terrorism and disaster to consider particular vulnerabilities identified following specific traumatic events.
Kalie Lounds is the Director of Connections Foster Care programming with Hillside, Inc. in Atlanta. She began her work with NCTSN through CHRIS 180 in Atlanta in 2017. Kalie's expertise focuses on program development, foster and adoptive care, and LGBTQ affirming care. She has presented at national conferences on the topics of therapeutic foster care and sibling attachment, Transgender affirming care, and LGBTQ care within the child welfare system. Her work stems from ecological, attachment, and psychodynamic theories, while building off of strength based, harm reduction, and family focused practice. She focuses on intersectionality and challenging oppressive systems, while highlighting LGBTQ affirming care through her work. She remains involved with NCTSN activities to promote the use of evidenced-based trauma treatment for children and their families.
LUK, Inc. Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC)
The Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center (CMCTC) is a division of LUK, Inc., a non-profit social service agency dedicated to improving the lives of youth and their families. The overarching vision of the CMCTC, in alignment with this goal, is to (1) build a sustainable capacity of providers to identify and treat trauma symptoms among children and their families utilizing evidence-based practices (EBPs) such as Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), ARC Grow, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) ; (2) to improve the functioning of children/youth and caregiving systems; (3) to support child-serving systems' learning about and adoption of trauma-informed practices, and; (4) to enhance best practices in the field through support of the work of others. CMCTC facilitates training through Intensive Learning Communities, provides ongoing consultation, and implementation of culturally competent, evidence-based therapeutic services across four programs, including Developing Resilience and Well-Being (DRAW), Building Resilience with Youth and Caregivers (BRYC), Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (CEDV), and Rapid Response Team (RRT) services, in addition to critical incident response.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare, The Maine Children's Trauma Response Initiative (The Children's Initiative)
The Maine Children's Initiative is focused on creating a statewide trauma-informed system of care for children and youth exposed to violence and trauma. The Initiative aims to achieve this goal by designing, implementing, and evaluating strategies that improve public, behavioral, and physical health outcomes. To that end, The Maine Children's Initiative infuses evidence-based practices and trauma-informed, culturally response trainings across the state, utilizes implementation science to create sustainable change across service systems, and creates mutually beneficial partnerships with federal, state and local entities.
Maine General Medical Center: Edmund N Ervin Pediatric Center
The Central Maine Youth Trauma Initiative (CMYTI) will enable MaineGeneral Medical Centers Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center to: • Provide training for up to 100 local mental health providers in well-researched, effective therapies for children who have experienced trauma or are in high-risk situations. Trainings include Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup (ABC). The availability of this trio of Evidence Base Practices' will provide all families in Central Maine with the option of accessing high quality treatment for children ages zero to eighteen. • Provide education and support to foster parents who are caring for children who have experienced trauma via a series of NCTSN Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) trainings • Create a Trauma 101 curriculum that will be provided at no cost to organizations that serve children who have experienced trauma, such as schools, day care centers and Boys and Girls clubs.