The Championing Access to Trauma-informed-treatments to Achieve Lowcountry Youth Services Transformation (CATALYST) project aims to increase the quality of and access to evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments and services for child maltreatment victims in Charleston and Berkeley Counties of South Carolina (the “Lowcountry”), thereby reducing the negative consequences of maltreatment on children. The CATALYST project is headquartered at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), the only Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) serving child victims in Charleston County. The proposed project will achieve its primary purpose by (1) improving screening and identification of children in need of trauma-specific, evidence supported assessment and treatment; (2) training clinicians and supporting implementation of evidence-based treatments (including TF-CBT, AF-CBT, PCIT, PSB-CBT, and FOCUS for military youth); and (3) improving the quality and applicability of evidence-based treatment to address current service disparities. In addition, the project will support creating a trauma-informed community of providers through training child welfare and military family advocacy case workers on the NCTSN Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Since 1942, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has served Southern California residents by providing quality, trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse services. As the first non-profit mental health outpatient clinic in Los Angeles, Didi Hirsch was initially founded to help adults cope with the aftermath of the Great Depression. Today, Didi Hirsch primarily serves a diverse population of adults and older adults living with chronic, severe mental illness, as well as children with serious emotional disturbance and their families, recognizing the substantial impact that traumatic experiences can have on the clients we serve. With ten clinical sites and nearly 100 affiliated schools, Didi Hirsch serves more than 90,000 clients annually throughout Southern California. Our services span a continuum of prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for individuals, families, and the community. These services include a nationally recognized 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline; outpatient mental health services for children, families, and adults; time-limited crisis counseling; field-based intensive mental health services for children, transition-aged youth and adults; school-based mental health and substance use prevention services; case management; employment services; Wellness Centers; an integrated healthcare clinic; crisis residential care; and residential care for women struggling with substance use and their children. Didi Hirsch also provides unique training opportunities to the broader community of service providers, as well as internship and practicum training opportunities for the next generation of service providers to work with trauma-exposed individuals and communities.
DiDonato, Stephen, PhD, LPC, NCC
Donovan, Thomas, LCPC
Thomas Donovan is a trainer of Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA). Thomas formerly served at Chaddock, a former category 3 site, as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. Currently he is the owner of New Life Counseling in Quincy, IL and Assistant Pastor at Columbus Road Baptist Church.
Dorado, Joyce, PhD
Joyce Dorado is the Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS), and co-founded HEARTS in 2008. HEARTS is an awarding-winning, whole-school, prevention and intervention program that aims to promote school success for trauma-impacted children and youth by creating more trauma-informed, safe and supportive learning and teaching environments that foster resilience and wellness for everyone in the school community, students and adults alike. Equity and social justice are central to our approach.
Dr. Dorado is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and a nationally recognized expert in partnering with schools and other youth-serving systems to create trauma-informed, equitable, and healing organizations. She is an appointed member of the California State Supreme Court Justiceâ€™s statewide steering committee for the Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative. She is also the Lead Curriculum Developer and a Master Trainer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative, and provides training and consultation in collaboration with Trauma Transformed: Bay Area Regional Trauma-Informed Systems Center. She was a lead consultant in CLEAR California, a partnership between the Washington State University CLEAR program and HEARTS. In the NCTSN, she currently serves as faculty for a Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center Breakthrough Learning Collaborative (BSC) on racially just and healing organizations, and as an advisor for the BSC on trauma-informed schools. Previously, she led data contributions to the Core Data Set from her unit, and collaborated with the FITT Center to implement Strengthening Families Coping Resources multifamily groups
Eilers, W. Burke
I am the CEO of WellFully’s our mission is to provide health, recovery and development services to all adolescent youth. We currently serve approximately 350 youth each year between the ages of 10 to 18 who have significant mental health, substance abuse and behavioral challenges often due to trauma related to abuse and neglect. Through WellFully’s residential, tela-behavioral health, after-school and mobile programs, the youth in our care develop effective coping skills, giving them the opportunity to make better life choices and receive ongoing support for a successful future.
Emery, Debra W., PhD
Debra Emery was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now works at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and serves as the psychologist on the hematology/oncology team. Her interests include complex trauma and integrated care.
Erstling, Susan, LICSW, PhD
Susan Erstling was Senior Vice President, Trauma and Victim Services, Family Service of RI, where she served as Principal Investigator for NCTSN grants. She developed numerous, award winning partnerships which disseminated trauma care and education statewide. Included in these partnerships were collaborations with several state and local police departments, the Adult Correctional Institute, the Parole Board, Adoption RI, Roger William University, School of Criminal Justice, the DOJ funded State Victim Assistance Academy, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Military organizations, and helped integrate the Core Concepts course at RI College, School of Social Work, where she currently teaches as an adjunct faculty.
Susan is the Board Chairperson of Lucy's Hearth, a trauma informed family shelter, for homeless families and children.