Allison Bienenfeld previously worked as a clinical therapist at CHRIS 180, where she provided evidenced-based trauma treatment to children, teens, families, and adults using the ARC Framework, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and expressive arts/sand tray interventions. She also served as an internal ARC trainer for Project 180 at several Atlanta-area schools. She has participated in the STS and PWYF groups through the NCTSN, as well as the Steering Committee for Project 180. Allison currently works for a school district and for a private practice, where she continues to provide trauma-focused therapy with young people, their families, and adults.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Bienenfeld, Allison, APC, NCC, CCMHC
Black-Pond, Connie MA, LMSW, LPC
Connie Black-Pond has participated in the NCTSN since 2003. She was Co Founder, and previously the Clinical Director, of WMU Children's Trauma Assessment Center in Kalamazoo, MI, a funded site for 11 years. She has over 30 years experience in both Child Welfare and the provision of mental health services to children and adults who have experienced trauma exposure. As a developer trained TF-CBT supervisor, Connie has and continues to provide clinical consultation to therapists across Michigan trained in TF-CBT and participating in State and University trauma initiatives. Her NCTSN work in the area of Birth Parent trauma includes serving as Co-Chair of the Birth Parent Trauma subcommittee and participating in the development of Birth Parent Trauma fact sheets and 'Working with Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System', an online curriculum. Other NCTSN workgroup participation has included the Complex Trauma and Schools Workgroups, and the development of the 'Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators' and the 'Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators'. As an Individual Affiliate, Connie presently collaborates with Trauma Informed School efforts in Michigan, and provides trauma training/consultation to State and local agencies, treatment providers and legal professionals.
Kimberly Blackshear is the director of the Time Away Office housed in the Office of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs at Duke University. In this role she works with all undergraduate students taking time away from theuniversity, supports them while on leave and helps them transition back to the university when they are ready. She is the former Assistant Director of Programs at the Center for Child and Family Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy. In this role, Kimberly worked on a number of grants focused on the dissemination of Family Connects, an evidence-based universal nurse home visiting program for mothers and infants and a NIH grant focused on early diagnostics and intervention for children diagnosed with autism for children. Prior to that role, Kimberly served as a Network Liaison and Affiliate Program Coordinator for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She helped develop the first organizational assessment for secondary traumatic stress and NCTSN Youth Task Force, a national youth advisory board focused on child traumatic stress. Kimberly served as the Clinical Advisor and Quality Improvement Coordinator for a day treatment facility, serving children long term suspended or expelled from the public school system. She has been a probation officer, child protective specialist and director of a community mental health agency. For the last twelve years, Kimberly has served as a court appointment Guardian ad Litem in the state of North Carolina representing the best interests of children in the child welfare system. In addition to her work in child-serving systems, Kimberly is the Executive Director of a forensic psychology practice in Durham, North Carolina where she also serves as a mitigation specialist on capital murder cases across the state. Kimberly obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University in 2020 specializing in clinical social work and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Urbana University in 2004 majoring in psychology, sociology and criminal justice. Kimberly holds a LCSWA license through the state of North Carolina Social Work Certification and License Board. In her private practice she provides individual, couples and family therapy and provides consultation on secondary traumatic stress to organizations throughout the country.
Bray, Chris, PhD, MA LP
I'm currently a researcher at Wilder Research, an arm of the Wilder Foundation. My expertise is systems thinking, children's mental health, child traumatic stress.
Brown McCormick, Lindsey M., PhD, LPCC-S, ACS
"Dr. Lindsey" is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor currently in private practice in Wheeling, WV. Prior to this, she was introduced to the NCTSN while employed at the Category III funded site 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 in both children and adults. Dr. Lindsey is licensed in multiple states in the Ohio Valley/Appalachian region, is certified in EMDR therapy through EMDRIA, provides clinical supervision, and is a counselor educator. She has served on the Affiliate Advisory Committee since January 2019.
Brown, Christopher, MS, LPC, DAAETS
Christopher was trained as a TF-CBT clinician by PACTS and used it to support healing and resiliency with children & families throughout schools in Philadelphia. After serving in this capacity for several years, Christopher oversaw several outpatient programs as a Director for a community mental health agency where he supervised a department of TF-CBT clinicians. During this time, he led trainings and workshops in the provision of effectively engaging children and families in evidenced-based trauma treatments in the northeastern United States and Nigeria. After becoming a certified Core Curriculum of Childhood Trauma Basic Facilitator, Christopher continued efforts in educating professionals on the nuances of childhood trauma. These efforts continued with NCTSN collaborations on projects such as the document SEL and Trauma-Informed Practice for Elementary School Teachers, and as a member of the DEI committee on the Core Curriculum of Trauma of Childhood Trauma. Currently, Christopher connects survivors of violence to trauma counseling through a partnership with Central Division Victim Services in Philadelphia.
Brown, Laurie, LCSW
Provide individual and group counseling in college counseling clinic. Provide trauma training and consultation as well as individual supervision.
Brown, Rebecca, MSW, LCSW
Rebecca Brown, LCSW has participated in the NCTSN since 2008 as a staff member of a funded site, an organizational affiliate, and most recently, as an individual affiliate. She currently runs her own counseling and consulting practice providing individual services, corporate consulting, and training. Ms. Brown has trained as both a clinician and a supervisor in several NCTSN endorsed evidence based child trauma treatments, managed several statewide and local Learning Collaboratives, has served as a Co-Chair of the IPV Collaborative Group, and continues to collaborate as an Associate Faculty for the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma.
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.