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.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Webster, Ruthlyn, Ed.D., LCSW, ACSW
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.
William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing currently provides trauma-informed group and individual therapy, implemented using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to children and adolescents in public and public charter schools in Washington, DC, through its Resilient Scholars Project (RSP). With the NCTSN grant, RSP is expanding its services to offer home-based, family therapy, implemented using Trauma Adapted – Family Connections (TA-FC), to a subset of youth ages 6-17 who are already enrolled in the school-based services. RSP also includes trauma training/consultation for school/community partner personnel. In addition, RSP features both a policy and a research component. The children and youth in RSP are often exposed to domestic/community violence, sexual/physical assault, abuse, neglect, homicide, incarceration, suicide, homelessness, and intergenerational trauma. RSP services are focused in neighborhoods predominantly comprised of African American and Latino families who are impacted by poverty and violent crime. TA-FC is an evidence-based, culturally-informed intervention that incorporates case management to address basic needs and works holistically with students and their caregiving systems to address underlying trauma and build needed strategies and capacity to cope with future trauma exposure. The Wendt Center partners with the University of Maryland, Baltimore for technical expertise on TA-FC and The Catholic University of America for evaluation support.
Wilson, Kelly, MSW
I, Kelly Wilson, am the owner of Wilson Counseling & Consulting in Madison, WI. I have been a participating member of the NCTSN since 2003. In my private practice I specialize in the treatment of child and family trauma. I am also a trainer of TF-CBT, SPARCS, and PFA. I have a passion for working with complex trauma, children in out of home placements, LGBTQ youth, and youth who have been sexually exploited.
Wisconsin State Department of Children and Families
Led by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Trauma and Recovery Project Collaboration will increase the availability, accessibility and coordination of trauma-specific treatment in Milwaukee and Racine Counties for families in the child welfare system or that are at risk of entering the system. Together with the Institute for Child and Family Well-being (ICFW), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UW-M), the project will significantly increase availability of effective mental health services in Milwaukee and Racine Counties by training mental health clinicians in three trauma-specific treatment approaches: Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. The project will also increase the availability of multidisciplinary professional training in trauma and mental health for CPS and non-CPS child-serving professionals. Additionally, in collaboration with the Office of Children’s Mental Health, the project will strengthen and coordinate multiple systems and agencies that support the provision of trauma-specific treatment services. This will be accomplished through increasing consumer participation in systems change efforts, increasing public exposure to mental health awareness message, and increasing agency partners’ readiness to integrate trauma-specific treatment into their policies and practices.
Yale University, Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC)
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.
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.