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.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Eilers, W. Burke
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.
Nova is a policy wonk who consults and collaborates with state agencies and community partners to implement multi-system and cross-agency policy initiatives to ensure unified approaches to behavioral health service delivery and improve outcomes for children, adults, and families with behavioral health needs. Most recently she initiated and oversaw a Statewide Cross Systems Trauma-Informed Care Transformation initiative in Texas. She has also served as the policy subject matter expert on MH/IDD at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission since 2012. Nova’s specific focus areas include, improving behavioral health services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), increasing access to mental health care for first responders, enhancing school mental health partnerships, and strengthening trauma-informed care policy across systems. She is trained as a trauma-sensitive schools coach, and a trauma-informed care and mindfulness for schools trainer, and works closely with state and local education partners in supporting implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools through a SAMHSA-AWARE grant and legislative implementation.
As a previous intern at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD, I worked with children and families who have experienced trauma. I am moving to Washington where I will work as a therapist with teens who are experiencing co-occurring disorders, often associated with trauma.
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.