The UTGSM Center of Excellence serves children and families involved with the child welfare system. The Implementing Multi-system Programs to Strengthen Attachment in Children and Families Affected by Trauma (IMPACT) is focusing on young children impacted by trauma. We are working with community mental health centers to train clinicians in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and its adaptations for toddlers and for trauma (Trauma-Directed Intervention). We are utilizing reflective supervision practices and address secondary traumatic stress with clinicians. We also offer the Resource Parent Curriculum with the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) program for foster and kinship placements, and teach case workers the CARE model for use with the children they work with. We are partnering with other NCTSN sites to enhance screening of young children as well.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
UT Graduate School of Medicine Center of Excellence
Van Den Pol, Rick, PhD
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Volunteers of America Dakotas, Youth and Family Trauma Center
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 Southeast Louisiana
Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s oldest and largest comprehensive human services organizations with 16,000 paid professionals, dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Founded in 1896, the faith-based nonprofit has affiliates in over 400 communities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and serves more than 1.5 million people a year. For 127 years, Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana has empowered and uplifted individuals including veterans, at-risk youth, low-income seniors, men and women returning home after incarceration, homeless individuals and families, persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families in need of affordable housing, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana’s children and family program provides services for youth with incarcerated parents, youth involved with the justice system, youth with behavioral health challenges and youth exposed to crime. Our NCSTI-Category III (C.A.N.- CARE, ADVOCATE, NURTURE) program focuses on increasing the community’s awareness about youths’ exposure and impact of traumas; such as domestic abuse, violent crimes, and substance abuse to youth and adolescents. The services delivered will be based on evidence based practices for mental health treatment, in/and outpatient services, day treatment, and community outreach services. Screenings through PHQ-9 and assessments TESI-C and TESI-PR-R to develop treatment, which will include TF-CBT. TF-CBT activities are designed for home based services and in residential facilities.
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.
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.