Margaret Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2018, 2010). Formerly the Division Director for Trauma Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI, Dr. Blaustein is now Director of the Center for Trauma Training in Needham, MA. Dr. Blaustein is a clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae, and has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad on this topic. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her work has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress. Dr. Blaustein has been involved in various NCTSN-funded projects since the network’s inception.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Blaustein, Margaret, PhD
Brown McCormick, Lindsey, PhD
Lindsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently in private practice in the Morgantown & Wheeling, WV areas. Prior to this, she was formerly a Hope Initiative therapist at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center in Prestonsburg, KY. While there, she received several evidence based trainings specific to the treatment of trauma in children. Most of her clinical caseload is complex trauma for both children and adults. She will begin serving in the Affiliate Advisory group beginning in 2019.
Brown, Laurie, LCSW
Provide individual and group counseling in college counseling clinic. Provide trauma training and consultation as well as individual supervision.
Currently administering psychotherapy and client-centered child traumatic stress treatment to public and private elementary school students. Working in a private psychotherapy practice in Westchester County, New York; this clinician receives referrals from schools, Child Protective Services, and Family Court from the municipality. Thirty-three percent of the patients in the practice are children and adolescents. The modality of treatment for this segment of clients are screened and assessed for levels of child traumatic stress. Those testing positive receive an intervention called Tell Me A Story (TEMAS), where they are encouraged to reconstruct certain aspects of their trauma, in story/narrative form, after viewing drawings of family traumatic scenes. I conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions with the children.
Buffington, Kristine, MSW
Kristine Buffington is an independent trainer and consultant who works with agencies and communities on the dissemination of evidence-based treatment (TF-CBT) and facilitates training and consultation for trauma-informed care system transformation with juvenile justice systems, schools, child protection agencies, residential treatment centers, and mental health providers.
Care Plus NJ, Inc.
Care Plus is a private not-for profit organization that provides a multitude of health, social and behavioral services for youth, adults and families in Northern NJ. The Bergen Trauma Treatment Center's goal is to improve upon the quality of trauma services for children, adolescents and families by increasing the access of effective treatments models, the necessary tools and by serving as a community resource to promote trauma-informed quality care. This will be done using Learning Community type approaches, where partners will work together to ensure trauma-informed practices are integrated across systems and become consistent practice. Partner meetings, training sessions, outreach effort, resource materials, consultation services, supervision and capacity developmentt are all activities that will be included. The evidenced based treatment models that we are bringing to our school, in-home and out-patient clinicians are, EMDR and ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competence). We will screen all program youth and adolescents for trauma using the TSSCA, and we will refer and treat those identified youth with trauma trained expert clinicians.
CARES Institute at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
The CARES Institute at Rowan University is internationally recognized for its leadership with respect to research, education, and services for children and families impacted by abuse and other traumas. Through collaboration with local constituencies and NCTSN members, the Institute helps increase awareness of, identify obstacles to, and improve access to multidisciplinary services for children who have experienced abuse or other violent crimes. Two evidence-based mental health practices developed and tested at the CARES Institute include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for youth and families impacted by trauma and Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an intervention for families at risk for physical abuse. The CARES Institute also works to enhance public and professional efforts toward the early identification and protection of children at risk for abuse, while also contributing to efforts to improve children's access to developmentally and culturally sensitive, evidence-based treatment services through its ongoing dissemination efforts. In addition, the Institute provides lectures, training, and consultation to multidisciplinary professionals across the state of New Jersey, nationwide, and at international conferences.
Casas, Marta, LMHC
Marta Casas, LMHC graduated from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, as a Clinical Psychologist in 1981. In 2002, Marta moved to Boston to become part of the clinical team at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, where she continues conducting trauma evaluations of unaccompanied minors and survivors of human trafficking, providing clinical consultation for DCF-involved families, and is also training faculty at the Trauma Center certificate program, on the topic of trauma and culture. In 2007 Marta was trained and now part of the alumni of the Harvard Refugee Program in Global Mental Health. Since 2007, Marta has been a longstanding and active member of the NCTSN Culture Consortium and Translations Review Committee. Between 2007 and 2011, Marta was the team leader of the Latino Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, a SAMHSA/NCTSN-funded program at the Latin American Health Institute in Boston. Between 2011 and 2014, Marta worked at the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, where she did clinical work with children and caregivers and was member of the training team and cultural liaison of the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project, an ACF-funded initiative that provides training and on-going consultation in evidence-based trauma approaches and treatments to strengthen Massachusetts DCF casework practices. Between 2013 and 2015, Marta was adjunct faculty at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on Adult Psychosocial Pathology. At the present, Marta is the Director of Clinical Services at the Justice Resource Institute. She has done extensive work on the topic of the interplay between psychological trauma and cultural identity of both therapist and patient in the clinical work.