The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is a multi-disciplinary child abuse team and child advocacy center comprised of social workers, psychologists, child abuse physicians and fellows, child protection case workers, prosecutors, and police. The Center screens over 2,000 families each year for child abuse and neglect and provides several trauma-informed psychological therapies including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), and child and family traumatic stress intervention (CFTSI). The Center provides local, statewide, and national trainings including Beyond the Silence Forensic Interviewing, Darkness to Light, PCIT, Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), Child Abuse Pediatrics and Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training. The Divisional research focuses on adverse childhood experiences, traumatic brain injury, traumatic stress, parent and child interaction parenting support and adversity screening in pediatric primary care. The Mayerson Center is also building community capacity to address and prevent trauma and child maltreatment.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children
Clark, Emilie, LMSW
Emilie Clark, LMSW, is a licensed social worker in agency-based and private practice who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Emilie currently works with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children where she provides Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and youth ages five and older. She also supervises therapeutic visitation between children and non-custodial parents following traumatic ruptures. Emilie graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College as a participant in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Child Trauma Program and has also trained with the Ackerman Institute for the Family's Gender and Family Project in work with transgender and gender expansive youth and their families. She approaches her work form an anti-oppressive lens, with the understanding that interpersonal and systemic traumas greatly impact emotional health. In addition to her work as a therapist, Emilie has worked in LGBTQ+ program development and service delivery in a variety of settings including health clinics, community centers, schools, and residential care facilities.
Clark, Jim, LCSW, Ph.D.
Jim Clark, LCSW is Dean of the FSU College of Social Work. His work includes forensic behavioral health, disaster interventions, clinical and research ethics, and the study of lives. He has responsibility for research and service institutes that serve a wide number of populations exposed to traumatic stress.
Clifford Beers (CB), a 107 year old institution providing trauma informed mental health services for children and adults throughout the lifespan has been strategically growing its whole family, trauma informed integrated care, model of care designed to reduce chronic stress. Focusing our work on the systemic and structural changes related to the delivery of mental health services, this project proposes to develop and implement and infuse anti-racist training in our model of care, developing a tool kit for replication of Trauma Informed Anti-Racist (TIAR) Whole Family Approach to Care. The main purpose of the project is to integrate whole family anti-racist thinking and social determinants of health perspective in trauma-informed service system design, to ensure the trauma treatments are responsive to inequity, sensitive to systemic racism and care is contextualized to the needs of the people served.
Clinical and Support Options (CSO)
The “Stress, Trauma, and Resilience” (STaR ll) project is an NCTSN Category III Trauma Center serving western Massachusetts and northern parts of Worcester County. The program is being implemented by Clinical and Support Options (CSO), which is a community-based nonprofit behavioral health agency providing individuals and families with comprehensive and holistic care. CSO embraces a trauma-informed culture in fulfillment of its mission to provide responsive and effective interventions and therapeutic services to support adults, children and families. CSO serves more than 18,000 individuals and families annually in their quest for stability, growth and an enhanced quality of life. The STaR ll project has three activity areas: 1. Implementing the “ARC Framework” (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency) as the primary treatment framework for therapy with clients from the ages of 2 to 20 who have experienced trauma, in all of our child and family programs. 2. Providing staff training on trauma-informed practices along two tracks: Track 1, training on diverse topics related to trauma informed care; and Track 2, treatment specific training on the ARC Framework. 3. Building community collaboration and awareness of trauma-informed practices through agency-to agency training and consulting, targeted events aimed at raising awareness about stress and trauma with school staff and members of other helping professions, and general public events aimed at systems change in the community as a whole.
Wellpoint Care Network is a community-facing, human-serving organization with deep roots in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. We have partnered with thousands of local individuals and families as they work to overcome the effects of adversity and trauma. We facilitate healing through comprehensive prevention, intervention and crisis resources, ultimately supporting individuals and families to enhance their ability to thrive. We champion stability, embrace equity, advocate for just and caring systems and are committed to being a safe place for people to seek support. Mental Health Services Staff at our outpatient clinic provide in-person and online therapy services to children and families in the Milwaukee area. We also serve students, teachers and other staff members in 13 school districts across southeastern Wisconsin. In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee, trauma focused assessment and treatment are provided via Project Thrive. The physical, behavioral and emotional needs of children and teens in foster care can range from moderate to complex. We work with close to 1,900 children annually to provide case management services that ensure safety, permanence and well-being. We’ve been at the forefront of the trauma informed care movement for the past 15 years, and have trained more than 60,000 professionals across the fields of human services, education and law enforcement, who impact people’s lives daily.
Coalition for Compassionate Schools
Our goals are to: 1) Increase the capacity of New Orleans K – 8 public schools to implement and sustain a trauma-informed, healing-centered service delivery model to improve outcomes for youth exposed to trauma and prevent new exposure in schools; 2) Expand implementation of our model to afterschool programs and coordinate training and consultation across service systems to support service providers and youth affected by traumatic events; and 3) Develop additional products to support a trauma-informed, healing-centered service delivery model and provide training, consultation, and implementation support for the replication and dissemination of our model to schools across the country.
Colen, Abby, LCSW
I am currently the Project Director for a category II Transforming Trauma Grant and oversee all project management for the base grant and the supplemental grant working with the UAC population. I have facilitated trainings in TF-CBT, TARGET and ARC in our community and was trained in all three modalities. I have facilitated workshops in Trauma 101, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Being a Trauma Informed Agency and Being a Trauma-Informed Resource Parent. I have also been trained in CCCT and have facilitated CCCT workshops. I have participated in the TIOA Pilot project and have been part of NCTSN call groups including the Project Directors Community of Practice, the UAC Call, the CCCT call and the TIOA calls. I have led the New Jersey Trauma Network Team meetings and oversee the New Jersey Trauma Network Team Newsletter.
Collective for Antiracist Child and Family Systems
The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of Maryland School of Social Work will establish an NCTSI Category II TSA center, the Collective for Antiracist Child and Family Systems (CACFS), to transform child and family-serving systems by supporting organizations and providers to adopt antiracist, anti-oppressive practices to prevent trauma exposure and repair trauma effects among Black and Latinx children, youth, and families. Target population: CACFS will train and support human services providers, including social workers and mental health clinicians, supervisors, and administrators, from child and family serving organizations and systems, including child welfare agencies. Strategies/ Interventions: The CACFS will develop, model, and expand the implementation of three culturally responsive trauma approaches, SHARP, Radical Healing, and HEART. Goals and objectives: CACFS will: (1) expand the knowledge base for, and increase the number of organizations working to reduce trauma in Black/African American and Latinx children by effectively institutionalizing antiracist, anti-oppressive practices; and (2) address behavioral health disparities by developing and promoting antiracist, anti-oppressive trauma-informed care approaches, to support Black/African American and Latinx children and families to heal from trauma by engaging providers to increase knowledge and skills, and adopt new practices; and organizations to increase readiness for and/or commit to adopting practices, policies, and strategic plans that centralize racial equity and healing.
Combs, Angela, MS
Angela Combs is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner who has over two decades of clinical experience working with children/adolescents and their families with a specialization in trauma. Specific areas of clinical interest and experience include complex trauma and traumatic grief. Ms. Combs is currently in private practice providing evidenced based treatments and trauma-informed psychological assessments for children and adolescent trauma survivors. Ms. Combs has expertise in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral, Family Therapy modalities, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and trauma-informed psychological assessments. Prior to this, she obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The University of Kentucky and obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from Kent State University. Ms. Combs has also previously worked at the University of Kentucky's Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) in both the Child and Adolescent Trauma, Treatment, and Training Institute (CATTTI) program and at the Comprehensive Assessment and Training Project (CATS). While at CTAC she provided evidence-based, trauma-informed therapies and assessments, caregiver risks assessments, psychological testing, and trauma-informed training for child welfare workers, court system, mental health providers, and foster/adoptive parents.