JoAnn Jaco Plucker was project director for the National Children's Advocacy Center's NCTSN project in Huntsville, Alabama. She is now a private consultant and grant writer.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Jaco Plucker, JoAnn
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
The Bridging the Gap program identifies and engages adolescent and transitional-aged Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth at risk of homelessness among the continuum of community-based and residential trauma treatment programs. Services include peer outreach and support, psychoeducation and vocational training, care coordination and linkage to community services, and training and support for program staff in the selection and implementation of trauma-informed and evidence-based treatment modalities which meet the needs of these youth, including Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation/Narrative Story-Telling (STAIR/NST), Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education Therapy (TARGET), and Motivational Interviewing. Project goals include (1) improved provider capacity to identify these youths and understand their needs within the system of care; (2) increased referrals to and engagement in future focused activities and treatment; (3) reduction in trauma symptoms and improved behavioral health outcomes; (4) and promoting participation in community-based programs and services. The program currently partners with several community providers including Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and the NYU McSilver Institute and aims to enhance and build linkages with additional community-based organizations.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Jewish Family and Children's Service
Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas (EC/CT), a project of the Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS) of Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS), is designed to address traumatic stress and build resilience in children ages 0-5 while reducing disparities in mental health access among marginalized populations, particularly Latino immigrant families living in Waltham, Massachusetts and nearby communities. The project serves pregnant women and families with young children who are coping with multiple adversities including parental substance use or mental illness, domestic abuse, community violence, homelessness, separation from a primary caregiver, and/or immigration.
In collaboration with our partner, Boston University School of Social Work, EC/CT offers and evaluates services at multiple levels. For parents and young children, EC/CT provides Child-Parent Psychotherapy augmented by Circle of Security-Parenting groups to promote engagement and build interpersonal connections. The EC/CT team includes bi-lingual/bi-cultural clinicians, as well as community members hired as Mentoring Moms, to provide peer support and connect families with resources. At the community and systems level, EC/CT is building a trauma-informed network of local organizations, representing health care, early childhood education, child welfare, domestic violence services, and Early Intervention to enhance community-wide awareness and collaboration in meeting the needs of trauma-exposed and marginalized young children and families.
Johns Hopkins University, Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative
The Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC) will increase the quality of child trauma services by integrating behavioral and physical health services, targeting traumatic stress exposure and recovery, extending accessibility of services by integrating trauma-informed behavioral health services with primary care, and promoting a sustainable integration. The center will support three levels of collaborative activity: 1) a Breakthrough Series, which will generate and test innovations to bridge the gaps between existing practices for prevention/early intervention for toxic stress in young children and the application of these practices within primary care settings; 2) a Learning Collaborative, which will promote the dissemination and adoption of these innovations, and will develop a Pediatric Integrated Care Training and Resource Toolkit; and 3) an Integrated Care Collaborative Group (ICCG) of participants from SAMSHA-NCTSI–funded sites and Network Affiliates. Dissemination will also be facilitated through the center's six core sites, its links to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and its hosting of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs.
Jones, Jennifer R., PsyD, LPC
Dr. Jennifer R. Jones is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from The University of Virginia; a Master’s Degree in School and Community Counseling from Regent University; and a Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Jones completed a highly competitive, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Traumatic Stress at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City where she administered evidence based treatment to youth in the juvenile justice system, coordinated staff trainings in evidence-based interventions and facilitated follow up consultation with state agencies (e.g., New York Department of Probation, Riker’s Island). Currently, Dr. Jones is the Associate Director of Mental health for the Adolescent and Young Adult populations at Riker’s Island. Additionally, she facilitates trainings and workshops for Juvenile Probation and Correction Officers and professionals around the country in order to spread knowledge about the impact of trauma and mental health issues on youth involved.
Justice Resource Institute, Complex Trauma Treatment Network
The Complex Trauma Treatment Network (CTTN) will develop, adapt, and disseminate evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and adolescents impacted by complex trauma. The project’s goals are to: 1) transform multicounty and state systems of care serving children and families impacted by complex trauma; 2) address gaps in complex trauma services to youth of color living in poverty and/or with urban violence; and in residential treatment centers, juvenile justice detention centers, shelters, and foster care; 3) enhance graduate-level social work education to cultivate a sustainable provider workforce across the child services continuum trained in complex trauma; 4) increase national access to EBPs for complex trauma including: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (ARC), Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET); and 5) expand regional, national, virtual, and Web-based dissemination of products and resources from CTTN and NCTSN. The CTTN will also provide intensive training and technical assistance to transform systems of care in more than 200 community and state agencies participating in one of 18 Learning Communities; and will train more than 20,000 multidisciplinary child service providers on the impact, assessment diagnosis, and treatment of complex trauma in at least twenty states. This initiative will directly impact 100,000+ children and families nationwide.
Kagan, Richard, PhD
Dr. Kagan provides consultation and training on traumatic stress and complex trauma treatment including Real Life Heroes® certificate training programs. He has had extensive leadership experience in non-profit child and family services as director of professional development, QI, research, and psychological services and has served as the principal investigator for two SAMHSA-funded NCTSN community practice site grants. Dr. Kagan has also served on the NCTSN Steering Committee, the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Board, the Complex Trauma and Child Welfare Committees, and co-led development of the NCTSN Resource Parent curriculum. He was formerly Director of Research and Consultation for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York, a NCTSN community services site since 2002.
Dr. Kagan is the author and co-author of nine books: Families in Perpetual Crisis with Shirley Schlosberg (Norton), Turmoil to Turning Points; Building Hope for Children in Crisis Placements (Norton), Wounded Angels; Lessons from Children in Crisis (Child Welfare League of America); Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children (Routledge); Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect (Routledge), Real Life Heroes; a Life Storybook for Children 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions (Routledge) and the Real Life Heroes Practitioner’s Manual 1st and 2nd editions (Routledge). He has published over thirty articles, chapters, and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, training implementation, program evaluation, and quality improvement in family service and behavioral health treatment programs. Dr. Kagan’s presentations, articles, and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners and organizations can utilize to help children and families strengthen resilience and reduce traumatic stress.
Kemp, Christine (CK), PhD, LMFT
Christine Kemp was part of a small group that formed the Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center (CTRAC) at Colorado State University, where she served as the Assistant Director for the first two years of the center. She now works in private practice with her husband, Marc, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Christine stays involved with NCTSN activities related to supporting helping professionals in recognizing and alleviating the impact of secondary-traumatic stress.
Knoverek, Angel, PhD, LCPC, ACS
Angel Knoverek previously served as Director of Clinical & Residential Services at Chaddock in Quincy, IL. She now serves as faculty in undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs and owns and operates a private practice and consultation business. Dr. Knoverek remains involved with NCTSN activities, including as a Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA), member of committees and work groups, and collaboration and consultation with numerous organizations providing trauma-informed services and evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents.