The Border Traumatic Stress Response Center is a program of Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) in Laredo, TX. The Center provides individual counseling services to youth that have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event including sexual and physical abuse, traumatic grief, and exposure to family, community or school violence. The target population is trauma exposed youth ages 3 to 17 including children of military families, children involved in the child welfare system, children of caregivers with substance use disorders who receive outpatient trauma treatment, children receiving shelter services through SCAN’s Emergency Youth Shelter, and adolescents ages 12 to 17 with co-occurring trauma and substance abuse that are involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems and are receiving residential substance abuse treatment at SCAN. The target population is composed almost entirely of first generation Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants who are bilingual or primarily Spanish speaking. The evidence-based interventions being implemented include TF-CBT and ICARE, with cultural modifications made to ensure that all services are culturally and linguistically relevant. The Center partners with community stakeholders representing local school districts, law enforcement, juvenile justice, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and child welfare.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Serving Children and Adolescents in Need (S.C.A.N.), Border Traumatic Stress Response (Border TSR)
SGA Youth and Family Service
Operating since 1911, the mission of SGA Youth & Family Services (SGA) is to “help children, families and communities facing great challenges to realize their potential.” SGA supports the emotional and social development of Chicago area adolescents and young adults by providing therapy, prevention and other supportive services for individuals and their families. By providing comprehensive services, through four different areas to families at each stage of life, from birth to parenting and from generation to generation, SGA is working to replace deep-seated barriers with a Cycle of Opportunity that will transform communities.
SGA Youth & Family Services (SGA) will provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children, adolescents, and their family members who are involved with the Illinois Cook County Department of Juvenile Probation. We will do this through treatment, training, and evaluation.
SGA's treatment goals: For youth and their families to recover from traumatic events they have experienced and to increase access and trauma-informed treatment and services to racial and ethnic minority youth and their families who have experienced traumatic events.
SGA's training goal: To develop a trauma informed system of care within the targeted service area by providing Trauma-informed CareTraining and consultation to community agencies.
SGA's evaluation goal: To sustain effective trauma-informed treatment services through work groups that include youth, families, and community organizations.
Sharda, Liz, PhD, LMSW
Liz Sharda, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Liz has been a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2008, and an Individual Affiliate member since 2012. Liz served as Program Coordinator for Project Return Home, the NCTSI-funded program at Bethany Christian Services, between 2008 and 2012. Since that time, Liz has trained on trauma-related topics within the child welfare system, with both professionals and resource parents. Liz is an experienced facilitator of "Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Resource Parent Curriculum" and "The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit" and has trained others to facilitate them as well.
Simon Roper, Liza, ACSW, LCSW
Liza Simon Roper, ACSW, LCSW has been a clinician, supervisor, and program developer in the child welfare field, private practice, and residential care for 30 years. She is has had over 8 years of experience delivering the NCTSN Resource Parent Curriculum and is currently a co-chair of that collaborative group. She serves on the Affiliate Advisory Board and continues to participate in the Sexual Behavior Problem subgroup of the Child Sexual Abuse collaborative group. Ms. Simon Roper is a certified ARC trainer, and is active providing training and consultation to agencies using that model.
Smith, Stefanie, PhD
Dr. Stefanie F. Smith is Chief Clinical Officer at the Hanna Boys Center, a trauma-informed therapeutic boarding school/ residential center for adolescent boys. Hanna transforms the lives of youth, families and communities impacted by trauma and adversity through resilience, connection and spiritual wellness. As CCO she oversees the clinical team (including masters and doctoral trainees), admissions, and the training of all staff, including residential and teaching staff. In these capacities, she trains and supervises on culturally responsive, trauma-informed practices and trauma-specific interventions, and helps design trauma-informed policies and procedures as well as implement activities for the boys that reflect the latest science on the impacts and treatment of complex trauma. She also conducts program evaluation and research. Finally, Dr. Smith helps train and consult to community agencies.
Solano, Joy, MA, LPC, NCC
Joy Solano, LPC Individual Affiliate - Wisconsin Joy Solano was an Intake Therapist and Community Representative for the Youth Trauma Center at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD. She is TF-CBT certified and trained in EMDR and CBITS. She now works for Family Therapy Associates in St. Croix Falls, WI as an outpatient mental health therapist.
Speier, Anthony (Tony), PhD
I am trained as a developmental psychologist and have been involved with issues and programs directly addressing the complexities of trauma exposure and its impact on children and families. I have been deeply involved with state and local operations following major disaster incidents, most notably Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, over 20 plus events, including school shootings, natural disasters of all types, including the Gulf Oil Spill (2010). Currently I am the Senior Advisor to the NCTSN/SAMHSA CAT II knowledge transfer grant known as the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition (TDC4) for Child and Family Resilience. This project reaches across many states and local trauma informed initiatives using a low cost coalition model designed to provide knowledge access to NCTSN coalition members, affiliates and other child and family service groups. Currently, over 300 professionals and advocacy involved persons participate in TDC4 activities.
The Spurwink Refugee Mental Health Project utilizes Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R), a multi-tiered mental health promotion model, to improve access to trauma-informed mental health services for refugee children and adolescents in Maine. The project is a partnership with the Refugee Trauma and Resiliency Center at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), United Somali Women of Maine, schools, providers, and grassroots organizations. The project provides services to refugee children and adolescents who have or are at risk for mental health issues due to complex trauma histories related to war, persecution, resettlement and acculturation. TST-R takes a social ecological approach to working with these children and youth, building systems of care that respond to their multi-dimensional needs. The initiative includes broad-based prevention and community resilience building, community-based skill-building groups for youth, and intensive home-based family therapy for those with significant mental health needs. All services are delivered by mental health clinicians and cultural brokers who assist the team and community in creating cross-cultural understanding and change.
St. John's University: Child HELP Partnership
Child HELP Partnership, develops and operates trauma-specific mental health programs with its innovative, scientifically supported protocols: 1) On the local level, to provide culturally adapted therapy and prevention services free-of-charge to underserved children and families in the surrounding communities. 2) On the national level, to develop and provide trainings, consultation, and oversight on these therapy methods and prevention programs to mental health professionals as well as the general public. These outreach strategies, evaluation tools, therapies, and prevention trainings are improving care across the country.
To ensure remaining on the scientific cutting edge, the programs incorporate evaluation systems for correcting, refining, and enhancing treatment so that the methodology can be continually modified and improved. The goal is to replicate the Child HELP Partnership Center’s well-documented results across the United States and abroad. The Partnership subscribes to the belief that all children deserve safe and happy childhoods, so each and every one can grow up to be a strong and healthy adult.
The name Child HELP Partnership reflects an integrated approach in four areas of focus:
- Healing children after trauma using evidence-based therapies.
- Empowering multicultural communities with access to the finest culturally sensitive mental health programs
- Learning programs—both live and virtual—to educate professionals in the most innovative and effective methodologies
- Public education for parents and others who interact with children on a regular basis, including educators, coaches, and people within their sphere of influence
Partnerships are formed with children with trauma histories, their families, the community as a whole, colleagues in the mental health field, and caregivers, parents, and others who interact with children regularly. These partnerships unite across cultures with all programs created to be language-accessible and culturally informed.
Staten Island Mental Health Center
The Staten Island Mental Health Society, Inc. (SIMHS) is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) children’s services agency serving Staten Islanders since 1895. The mission of the Staten Island Mental Health Society is to improve the quality of life for Staten Island children and their families. Our vision is to have affordable, high quality, and evidence-based mental health, chemical dependence and related services readily available for Staten Island children. While specializing in the treatment of mental health related problems, developmental disabilities, and chemical dependence, it is also a respected, well established provider of effective services to disconnected and at-risk youth and adolescents transitioning to adulthood. The Society provides services to children and adolescents and their families who have been exposed to trauma including sexual or physical abuse, witness of domestic violence, school and community violence, and natural disasters. The focus of our NCTSN grant work is to expand, and enhance our continuum of evidence based trauma care to better serve children affected by an array of compounding traumatic events. SIMHS will utilize TF-CBT, CBITS and psychoeducation resiliency curriculums across our system of care that includes out-patient clinics, school based clinics, Children's Day Treatment Programs, as well as Head Start programs.