From 2003-2016, Rick van den Pol served as Principal Investigator for the Category II National Native Children's Trauma Center. Rick currently provides post-retirement service for the University of Montana, and he works as a trauma consultant for S. Brite, Inc., an American Indian-owned firm with academic and real-world experience in economic development, public safety, healthcare, social services, and governance.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Van Den Pol, Rick, PhD
Van Tassell, Roy, MS, LPC.
Roy Van Tassell MS LPC is the former Director of Clinical Services for Family & Children's Services in Tulsa OK. a Category 3 Treatment Center. He currently is Director Trauma and Evidenced-based Interventions for Centene Health, providing training in trauma informed care and EB interventions and an active affiliate. He was part of the first cohort of TF-CBT National Trainers, is a national trainer for CE-CERT -a model for secondary trauma, and a facilitator for Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). He is co-chair of the Problem Sexual Behavior subcommittee of the Child Sexual Abuse Workgroup as well as a participant member of the Child Traumatic Grief and several other workgroups. He also participates in Oklahoma's statewide TF-CBT implementation (OK-TFCBT) with University of OK and OK Dept. of Mental Health.
Velasco-Hodgson, M. Carolina, MSW
M. Carolina Velasco-Hodgson Is a bilingual clinician with more than fifteen years of experience. She is from Chile where she was trained and practices as a clinical psychologist; after obtaining a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her masterâ€™s in Social Work at Boston College and currently she is a Public Health PhDâ€™s student. She was a social work intern for two years at Child Witness to Violence Project, a family specialist for the first year of Project Dulce; she is also an active member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Translation Review Committee since 2010, an Individual Affiliate to the network since 2014 and has adapted and translated material into spanish for families affected by traumatic experiences. Carolina currently works in Chile as adjunct assistant professor at the School of Social Work, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and she is an infant and child psychotherapist in private practice. Her interests include trauma prevention and intervention, immigration, cultural child development, and child parent bonding and attachment.
Walsh, Cambria LCSW
My career has been focused on the areas of secondary traumatic stress, trauma-informed systems, child trauma treatment, child abuse, child welfare and domestic violence. I have past experience as a Project Director of several state and national initiatives, including a Cat II center of the NCTSN focused on Child Welfare. I began my career as a mental health therapist working with traumatized children and their families. I am one of the developers of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (3rd Edition) released in April 2020. I have created numerous resources, curricula and consulting models related to trauma-informed systems. I have knowledge of implementation science and adult learning and years of experience providing training and technical assistance to child serving organizations and child welfare systems on trauma-informed change and secondary traumatic stress. I am a founding member of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium and an associate with TEND Academy.
Washington State University
Webster, Ruthlyn, Ed.D., LCSW, ACSW
Ruthlyn Webster, Ed.D., LCSW, ACSW As Kristi House’s former Programs Director, Dr. Webster oversaw Therapy and Project GOLD departments at Kristi House, which encompasses 28 staff members. She has shepherded Kristi House’s program growth during her 16 years at the agency, reaching more and more clients each year. She served as Director for Kristi House’s ongoing federal SAMHSA grant, which is spreading evidence-based interventions for child trauma throughout South Florida. In its first four years, the Miami C-START program a community based learning collaborative; treated 1,200 children and trained 172 therapists and caseworkers in evidence-based interventions for child sexual-related trauma. The SAMHSA project is now exploring evidence-based interventions that hold promise for child sex trafficking survivors, and is working closely with clients in Project GOLD, our CSEC program. Dr. Webster holds a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership; she is also a licensed clinical social worker, with more than 35 years’ experience as a field instructor, managing state and federally funded programs for abused children in culturally diverse settings, primarily in Harlem, NY and Miami. She has been trained and provides trainings in multiple Evidence Based Treatment Interventions. These includes: Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT); Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (PSB-CBT); Risk Reduction Family Therapy (RRFT); Modified TF-CBT for CSEC; and Infant Mental Health. Dr Webster also served on various NCTSN collaborative groups such as Child Abuse, CSEC, PSB and Sexual Health committees. She has been an adjunct faculty at Marymount College and Florida International University. Most recently November 2017-present Dr. Webster received training in the Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma Facilitator’s College, and is now conducting training workshops on the Core Curriculum as part of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) initiative. December 2018 Collaborative Paper submitted: Journal of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research on: Preaching to the choir? Predictors of engagement in a community-based learning collaborative.
Western Michigan University: Children's Trauma Assessment Center
The Detroit Trauma-Informed Project (D-TIP) at the Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center will support further development of a collaborative continuum of trauma-informed services in Detroit. Working with traumatized urban youth and their families within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, the project will increase child and familial resiliency, and will identify and address trauma from a multisystem perspective. Services will include trauma screening, comprehensive trauma assessment, parent trauma training, resiliency strategies for children and families, and workforce development. D-TIP will expand on existing treatment modalities and introduce Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR). Cohorts in at least two agencies will also be trained in After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools (ADAPT), a Parent Management Training (PMT) for military families.
Widdifield, Jimmy, Jr.
Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., is a Licensed Professional Counselor with post-graduate training through the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is trained and clinical experience in evidence-based treatments for child trauma and children with problematic sexual behaviors and adolescents with illegal sexual behaviors and their families. His expertise is in treatment of children with problematic sexual behavior and adolescents with illegal sexual behavior, their child victims, and their caregivers; and managing and providing training and technical assistance (TTA) primarily on problematic sexual behavior of youth to multidisciplinary audiences and the general public nationally and internationally. Mr. Widdifield is currently the Program Manager for the Freestanding Multidisciplinary Team Department at the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. In this role, he provides TTA on child maltreatment to more than 30 freestanding multidisciplinary teams and collaborates with the state chapter for child advocacy centers to provide training.
Wilgocki, Jennifer, MS, LCSW
Jennifer is an affiliate member of the NCTSN. She is an approved national trainer in TF-CBT and CBITS. In her private practice she provides trauma-specific treatment to children, adolescents, and their caregivers.