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Network Members

This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center: Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody

Organizational Affiliate - Tennessee
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The UTHSC Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody is part of a statewide network of five regional Centers of Excellence dedicated to improving behavioral and physical health services to children in or at risk of state custody by providing both consultative and direct services. Referral questions may include mental health, physical health, developmental, medication, or placement issues. We serve 21 counties in west Tennessee. The development of an individualized Care Plan for each child is a primary service of the COE. Following a thorough case review, clinical interview, medical exam, and/or more comprehensive evaluation, a Care Plan is developed by an inter-disciplinary team. The Care Plan includes specific treatment and placement recommendations. COE staff also provides training opportunities to Department of Children's Services (DCS) staff, caregivers, and mental health treatment providers.

The COEs provide training about trauma, ACES, and their impact on children using curriculums development by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN,  Training curriculums include the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with IDD who Have Experienced Trauma, and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents.  Additionally, through the Best Practices Collaborative, the COEs disseminate evidence-based practices related to ACEs and childhood trauma to community providers.  EBPs disseminated include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT); Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC); Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP); and treatment for children with problematic sexual behavior. 

711 Jefferson Ave
Memphis , TN 38105

University of Utah and Primary Children's Center for Safe and Healthy Families

Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers - Category II - Utah
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The University of Utah and Primary Children’s Center for Safe and Healthy Families are collaborating on the project, Pediatric Integrated Post-Trauma Services: an Evidence Based Care Process Model for Pediatric Traumatic Stress. The purpose is to develop and disseminate clinical algorithms and tools for medical providers to detect, assess, and manage traumatic stress, facilitating timely treatment and referral and minimizing the misuse of medication. The project goals include 1) Develop an Evidence Based Care Process Model (EB-CPM) and decision support tools for pediatric traumatic stress; 2) Implement and assess pediatric traumatic stress EB-CPM for frontline healthcare providers in primary care and children’s advocacy centers; and 3) Provide national leadership on the use of care process models in trauma exposed children. The initial pilot and statewide implementation will occur through the Intermountain Healthcare network of primary care and children’s advocacy center providers in the state of Utah, focusing on clinical settings that serve urban, rural and frontier populations.

Salt Lake City , UT

UPMC Western Behavioral Health/Theiss Center for Trauma and Early Childhood Behavioral Health

Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III - Pennsylvania
Funding Period:
2012-2016, 2016-2021, 2021-2026

The University of Pittsburgh's Theiss Complex Child and Adolescent Trauma (CCAT) Project expands access to evidence-based trauma treatment for children in Western Pennsylvania. It aims to improve service access and outcomes for high-need, underserved communities including racial/ethnic minority and low-income populations. It places an emphasis on children impacted by complex trauma, particularly those in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In collaboration with UPMC Western Behavioral Health and its Theiss Center for Trauma and Early Childhood Behavioral Health (Theiss), the CCAT Project's primary goal is to increase access to trauma-related, evidence-based practices (EBPs) in Western Pennsylvania to remediate the impact of complex traumatic stress. This goal will be accomplished by: 1) expanding the age range of Theiss trauma services (up to age 18) through the incorporation of Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT, Child & Adolescent versions); 2) expanding the geographic reach of Theiss by leveraging UPMC's Western Behavioral Health network throughout Western Pennsylvania for the implementation of evidence-based trauma treatments to support children impacted by complex trauma (including ITCT as well as Child Parent Psychotherapy-CPP); 3) facilitating trauma-related training and professional development for the mental health and related workforce (emphasizing the fields of child welfare/juvenile justice); and 4) serving as a resource for high-need, underserved communities by collaborating with local human service agencies to provide prompt clinical consultation and support to meet the complex needs of members of their community experiencing traumatic events.

1835 Centre Ave, Suite 207
Pittsburgh , PA 15219

Van Den Pol, Rick, PhD

Individual Affiliate - Montana

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.

Missoula , MT
(406) 544-6694

Van Tassell, Roy, MS, LPC.

Individual Affiliate - Oklahoma

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 for providers working with foster youth in multiple states and an active individual affiliate. He was part of the first cohort of TF-CBT National Trainers, and is also 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 having worked with youth with PSB and teens with illegal sexual behavior at the CAT III site. In addition being a TF-CBT trainer to he is also trained and has trained in and or clinical practice in CPP, PCIT, PFA, and CBITS and is a participant member of the Child Traumatic Grief/Traumatic Separation and several other network workgroups. He also participates in Oklahoma's statewide TF-CBT implementation (OK-TFCBT) with the University of OK and OK Dept. of Mental Health as well as clinical consultation for Mt. Arukah, a new residential program in OK for trafficked youth.

Centene Health Tulsa , OK
(918) 500-3879

Velasco-Hodgson, M. Carolina, MSW

Individual Affiliate

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 master’s in Social Work at Boston College and currently she is a Public Health PhD’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.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Macul Santiago

Villaverde, Vivien

Individual Affiliate - California

I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Field Education Department of the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. I graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work with a Master of Science in Social Work and am currently an EdD candidate at the USC Rossier School of Education. I hold licenses as an LCSW and a PPSC. I worked as a School Social Worker at LAUSD for 10 years prior to becoming an academic. My area of expertise in schools was in collaborative care for multi-systemic youths. As an academic, I became a member of the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and Communities as a Support Specialist. I provided consultation and training on trauma-informed interventions, disaster/crisis response, and trauma-responsive program development. I am a national/international trainer for BounceBack, SSET, TISE, PFA, STAT, and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, I contributed to the development of TISE and PFA and consulted on the updates for SSET. In June 2021, I became the Program Director for the TSA Center for Schools. I have an extensive background in multi-systems collaboration within education systems. My expertise includes evidence-informed and evidence-based intervention training and consultation with schools and districts. I also support, consult, and coach on trauma-responsive organizational transformation working with school leaders throughout the country in creating and implementing multi-tiered system change strategies. I worked internationally partnering with Canada, the Philippine Department of Education, NGOs, and the National Center for School Mental Health in South Korea to enhance trauma programming and response to crises and disasters. Further, I have made presentations on our trauma-informed work at various national and international conferences and currently partner with the California Department of Education in their trauma-informed projects. 

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work / The Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness / Center for Safe & Resilient Schools & Workplaces Los Angeles , CA
(562) 230-0161

Volunteers of America Dakotas, Youth and Family Trauma Center

Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III - South Dakota
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Volunteers of America, Dakotas, Youth and Trauma Center provides and increases access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents ages 4-17 and their families who have been impacted by traumatic events, with a focus on those who have experienced multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences and/or COVID-related trauma including American Indian and other populations impacted by health disparities. The project serves the Sioux Falls area metro and surrounding counties. VOAD provides and increases access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services by: training therapists in evidence-based, trauma-focused, culturally responsive interventions; working with referral sources to ensure children, adolescents and their families who have experienced trauma are connected with services; providing free, low-barrier initial trauma screenings; screening and assessing children and adolescents for trauma using Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire, the PTSD Checklist-Civilian Version, the Pediatric Symptoms Checklist and the Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen; providing evidence-based trauma treatment and services using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Honoring Children Mending the Circle; and collaborating with child and family-serving agencies to provide trauma-focused training. Services are delivered in outpatient and residential settings and via telehealth.

Volunteers of America Dakotas, Youth and Family Trauma Center Sioux Falls , SD

Wade, Shelby

National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina

Walker, Brittney

Individual Affiliate - Massachusetts

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) working in Massachusetts, where I focus my clinical work on trauma-informed, attachment-focused and dyadic treatment with children 0-6yo and their families. I have been rostered in Child Parent Psychotherapy as of 2019 and have been trained in Trauma Systems Therapy, the ARC GROW curriculum, and the Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery. Most recently I have been employed as a Child Clinician with Project BRIGHT (Building Resilience through Intervention: Growing Healthier Together), a grant-funded collaboration among the Institute for Health and Recovery, Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, and Boston University School of Social Work. I am also veryinvolved in the NCTSN Parent and Caregiver Trauma and Healing group and our work around social media campaigns and resource creation and dissemination.

Canton MA
(845) 800-3850