The Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC) at the Yale School of Medicine serves as the TSA Center in the area of acute/early/brief intervention, providing national expertise for early/acute responses to traumatic experiences, and supporting adaptation of early evidence-based treatments and service approaches following recent potentially traumatic events. CVTC will: 1) expand implementation of acute/early/brief trauma interventions, including the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and treatment applications, as well as Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence (LE CEV). CFTSI is currently the only evidence-based brief, early mental health treatment for children 7-18 who have experienced a recent traumatic event and will be expanded to new populations including young children (ages 3-6) and medically/physically injured children. The acute/early/brief trauma interventions provided with law enforcement, based on the Child Development Community Policing (CD-CP) program, will also be expanded; 2) increase capacity of child-serving systems, including law enforcement and CACs, to support identification, referral, access and utilization of evidence-based trauma informed approaches, by developing engagement strategies designed specifically to engage families in the early/acute phase of trauma response that have not yet reached out for mental health treatment and other services; 3) develop, train, implement and evaluate acute/early/brief screening and identification protocols and early mental health treatments by initiating three Learning Communities focused on young children, medically/physically injured children and CACs; and 4) provide leadership to NCTSN committees and collaborate with NCTSN centers to develop products.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Yale University, Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC)
Yilmaz, Funda, LPC
Funda Yilmaz previously worked as a children’s counselor for the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Here she gained extensive experience providing services to individuals of all ages, with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and varying degrees of traumatic stress and comorbidities.
With the developmental understanding of traumatic stress granted by this clinical experience, Funda was able to write and illustrate My Big Book of Answers, a fully illustrated self-help workbook for three-to-nine-year-old survivors of violence. This workbook translates complex scientific information about traumatic stress into a language that even three-year-olds can understand and discuss with their adults. The workbook also assists therapists to effectively and efficiently discuss difficult topics with young kids such parental substance abuse, child maltreatment, illness, and death.
Funda currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and provides training, consulting, grant writing, and psychotherapy services. She is interested in application of the fine arts as a delivery modality for traumatic stress relief interventions in primary care and behavioral health services, in school communities, through the juvenile justice system, and in the child welfare services. Funda is an active member of NCTSN’s Complex Trauma, Child Traumatic Grief and Justice Consortium collaborative workgroups.
Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Youth & Family Services provides wrap around services to children and families in a five county region including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and Ellsworth Air Force Base. We currently provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Child Family Traumatic Stress Intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing to children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events. Populations served are American Indians, veterans, and active duty military, low income, rural, and children coming from foster homes, and shelters including those with FASD and other developmental disabilities. We collaborate and train community stakeholders including child welfare, schools, juvenile justice, emergency response, mental health providers, Head Start, child care centers and other youth serving organizations. This grant cycle we will be providing direct trauma services in several area schools and an additional reservation school.
Youth Health Service, Inc.
The Strength Builders Child and Adolescent Trauma Center of Youth Health Service, Inc. was developed in 2005 to serve children and adolescents aged two to 18 and their families who have experienced complex trauma in a three-county area of rural Appalachia. Since its inception, these services have expanded to incorporate a large rural area covering six counties in North Central West Virginia, to include young adults through age 24 years who have experienced intimate partner violence, and to expand trauma treatment and services in school settings in addition to traditional outpatient clinics. The program works collaboratively with a wide variety of child-serving agencies in this region to maximize the treatment opportunities for children and youth and their families who have experienced trauma. The philosophy of this program can be inferred from its title. Strength Builders recognizes that all children, teens, families, and communities have strengths that can be built upon as they move from trauma to recovery.
Zammarelli, Lucy, MA, NCACII, CADCIII
Lucy Zammarelli has worked in the field of child and family trauma for over 25 years. Her work has focused on youth and family substance use and behavioral health conditions. She is a strong advocate for substance use treatment and effective treatment for chronic pain. She currently works on issues of equity and health disparities with the Medicaid population in Lane County, Oregon. Lucy has a BS from Cornell University and an MA from Temple University. Her focus on trauma informed care and personal wellness extends throughout the lifespan.