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.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
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
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.
Family and Children's Service, Inc., NJ
Family & Children's Services (FACS) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is providing trauma treatment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families who experience/witness traumatic events. Utilizing interventions developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Transforming Trauma will continue to provide leadership on child/adolescent issues to the provider communities throughout New Jersey, build the capacity of statewide service system to implement trauma-informed service practices (including professional training, public information, and outreach/screening, referral), and build a network of trauma-capable providers. Transforming Trauma will focus on making services accessible to military families that live on or near nearby military bases, homeless families, forensically-involved and other underserved youth and their families. We will train clinicians throughout the state of New Jersey to deliver services to children and families impacted by trauma utilizing one of four evidence-based therapeutic models including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT); and Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS).
Family and Children's Services Inc.
Family & Children's Services Child Abuse and Trauma Services (CATS) provides evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment to children/youth (ages 0-18+) and their families who have experienced, abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences and who reside in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma. CATS offers in office and in home therapy for families who cannot access in office appointments. Intervention models used: Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Services include individual, family and group models. The CATS team specializes in providing therapy for youth with Illegal Sexualized Behaviors and offers a supportive educational group for caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. Therapists collaborate with community providers, including DHS Child Welfare, court systems, Health Home, schools, pediatricians, in-patient services, attorneys, etc.
Family Center, Inc.
Brooklyn Action for Child and Teen Success (Brooklyn-ACTS) is a program of The Family Center focusing on building agency and community capacity to identify and treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children ages 5-18. In collaboration with the CARES Institute, Brooklyn ACTS trains and certifies therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and provides the intervention to children and adolescents residing in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Brooklyn, NY. The program aims to build sustainable capacity within the agency and with our central Brooklyn community partners to increase on-going access to evidenced-based, trauma-focused treatment and services for minority children who experience or witness traumatic events. These severely traumatized children exhibit significant emotional or behavioral difficulties related to one or more traumatic life events, including complex trauma. Clinicians, clinical supervisors, directors, and community partners are trained in TF-CBT, an evidenced-based intervention that effectively treats trauma symptoms in children, adolescents, and their parents. The program also assesses for common barriers to retention in behavioral health services and provides care management to address these barriers. Our integrated approach reflects our philosophy that comprehensive trauma-informed, culturally congruent treatment and person-centered care management helps create meaningful and sustained improvements in mental health and overall functioning. Trauma education and outreach to community partners enhances community partner capacity to identify and refer children whose behavior/symptoms suggest possible traumatic stress.
Family Centered Treatment Foundation, Inc.
The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) is the nationally recognized provider of the evidence-based Family Centered Treatment (FCT). The primary purpose of the Family Centered Treatment - Trauma Series Project is to enhance evidenced-based family-systems trauma treatment and increase access to its availability to ensure high-quality treatment for families from a wide range of populations. The NREPP registered FCT model has a strong trauma focus embedded both in the theoretical framework and design and in the practical application. The service delivery system of FCT includes the public sectors of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse. Male and female populations of all ages are included with histories or current involvement in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Developmental Disabilities, Juvenile Justice systems, military families, families living in impoverished and high-risk communities. The FCT model recognizes the importance of having a cultural and contextual understanding to the traumatic experiences of youth and their families in order to effectively treat all populations, including disadvantaged groups disproportionately affected by trauma. Thus, the goals of the project are to 1) enhance and expand FCT to better serve families of complex trauma; 2) Extend the access to FCT for families/victims of complex trauma in the identified states and additional states; and 3) advance the awareness and access of FCT nationally for trauma centers. Expanding availability and implementation of trauma treatment through training programs to current FCT sites are expected to incrementally impact 1,440 families annually in 9 states and expanding training to additional sites and states serving 7,200 families over the course of the project.