The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP) is a strategic alliance of eight youth-serving agencies working to prevent and reduce homelessness among youth in Hollywood. The members of the HHYP are: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Covenant House California, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, My Friend’s Place, Step Up on Second, Aviva Family and Child Services, and a partner agency, Safe Place for Youth. The HHYP works to shape the service environment, increase youth access to housing and supportive services, and advocate for policy changes needed to prevent and reduce youth homelessness. The HHYP operates from a trauma-informed lens and provides trauma training to youth serving agencies working with youth experiencing homelessness.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership
Igelman, Robyn, PhD
Dr. Igelman is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Clemente, CA. She integrates mindful walking and running into her beach therapy sessions. Her highly specialized practice assists veterans, adults, adolescents and parents recover from trauma, loss, grief, anxiety, and alcohol abuse. Dr. Igelman graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in 2006 with her PhD in Clinical Psychology (child/family emphasis). She completed her postdoctoral studies at the internationally recognized Chadwick Center for Children & Families in San Diego, CA. Dr. Igelman honed her expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief/trauma work, and family therapy at the Chadwick Center and in the department of Developmental Services at Rady Children's. Dr. Igelman is also an Adjunct Professor with the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego and teaches the annual graduate course on child abuse for licensure in psychology. She has presented at numerous professional conferences and trained regionally and nationally on trauma therapy models.
Jackson-Freeny, Mary, MSW, MEd
Mary Jackson-Freeny, MSW, MEd, PPSC has over 20 years of experience serving as a school social worker serving K-12 schools throughout Los Angeles as a: child welfare and attendance counselor; crisis response team member; intervention coordinator; and restorative justice practitioner just to name a few. Mary also served as a co-lead for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Anti-Racist Summit initiative for LAUSD. Mary also trained faculty and staff of over 120 schools in trauma-informed, restorative practices, social-emotional learning, emotional intelligence to build the capacity of school administrators and teachers to use a trauma-informed lens in schools and the community.
La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. Behavioral Health Department
In response to the significant need for trauma treatment services, La Clínica established the Screening, Treatment and Trauma Training in Primary Care (STATT- PC) program in 2016. This program was initiated in order to expand trauma services to youth with unmet mental health needs. Through the project’s successful implementation, La Clínica has already served over 10,000 youth through screenings and evidence-based treatments and impacted hundreds more through teacher and primary care physician trainings on trauma. In this cycle of funding, La Clínica has aimed to expand the program to address the following needs: 1) adaptations to the CBITS model for newcomers, 2) 1:1 tier III trauma interventions to treat high need youth, and 3) flexible group based EBP implementation when working in close partnership with schools. We are also cognizant of the profound lasting psychological impacts of COVID-19 on our students as well as the anti-racism and cultural competency work that needs to be furthered. This cycle's project considers the current realities of our students lives and aims to build a multitiered approach in alignment with La Clínica’s 48-year history of providing culturally competent care.
Labistour, Ashley, LMFT
Ashley Labistour is a UC Davis-approved PCIT trainer and a nationally approved trainer for Trauma-Focused CBT. She formerly served as a treatment coordinator specializing in child sexual abuse at Children's Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles for 11 years. She currently provides TF-CBT training and consultation for various agencies in Southern and Northern California. Ashley also works part-time at Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara supervising school-based therapists in Elementary and Secondary schools throughout Santa Barbara County.
Langley, Audra, PhD
Audra Langley, Ph.D. is a Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Langley is the Director of UCLA TIES for Families, an innovative interdisciplinary program for children in foster care, kinship care or adopted through foster care (ages birth to 25) and their families in Los Angeles County. She is also Co-Director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which aims to address racial disproportionality by preventing children and families from entering the child welfare system and intervening to elevate the life trajectories and increase equity for those who are child welfare involved. Dr. Langley was Director of Training for the NCTSN-funded TSA Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools for 18 years. Dr. Langley's body of research seeks to increase equity in access to quality mental health and wellbeing interventions for under-resourced and marginalized populations of children, including those in schools and involved with the child welfare system. She is the author of 5 evidence-based interventions, including Bounce Back: Elementary School Intervention for Childhood Trauma, Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), and the 2nd version of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).
As Interim Chief Program Officer at Allies for Every Child in Los Angeles and an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, I have the opportunity to integrate the learning from Network participation since 2003 in all of our child and community serving programs. I use my professional and life experience to improve systems and create sustainable change for children, their families and their communities. As a clinician by training and a social worker by trade I have work with individuals, couples, and families who have experienced trauma and abuse to strengthen and heal relationships. As a trainer and facilitator I offer trans-disciplinary trainings and consultations to support service providers working in multiple systems, particularly Mental Health and Child Welfare. And as a performer at heart, I bring creativity and passion to every relationship.
Native American Health Center
NAHC will implement the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative at our health centers located in Sobrante Park & Fruitvale/San Antonio neighborhoods of East Oakland, California with expansion in the greater Bay Area. Residents of our community are highly susceptible to experiencing trauma in their lifetime due to a combination of environmental & socioeconomic factors- including elevated rates of poverty, exposure to violence, drug addiction, racial discrimination, & limited health care access. According to 2018 Census data, rates within our clinic zip code compared to county averages show: unemployment (6.4% v 4%); residents that have received federal assistance within the past 12 months (20.9% v 7%); residents that do not have health care coverage (17.9% v 6.9%); & families that live at our below the federal poverty line (23.4% v 7.4%), all which contribute to increased trauma related mental health issues such as depression, anxiety & post-traumatic stress disorder. Though trauma is often believed to be experienced in adults, the stressful social & environmental factors experienced by children in early age is likely to cause disruptions in development which can lead to substance use, anxiety, depression as well as an increase of chronic health & mental health conditions as adults. As indicated by NAHC youth trauma screenings. Among 472 youth served among UFSA/Life & Madison SBHCs in 2018, 36% were screened for trauma with 8% identified as needing follow up by a clinician. Of the youth receiving depression screenings in 2018, 75% received positive screens, demonstrating need for additional clinical services. This demonstrates the need to provide youth with not only direct trauma informed treatment services, but culturally appropriate programming.
Norrington-Sands, Kimani, PhD
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I have over twenty years of experience working in collaboration with children, families, and professionals to support mental well-being. My work has been informed by my personal experiences as a trauma survivor as well as extensive training/professional work in trauma. In recognition of the multiple ways that sociohistorical contextual issues impacts mental health, I have developed and co-developed a number of trainings such as: Black Youth & Suicide; Is Your Job Mask Making It Hard For You To Breathe; Supporting Your Child(ren) and Yourself During Challenging TImes; and Cultural Context & Trauma:Implications for Students. For a number of years, I have been an active participant in NCTSN in the Culture Consortium as well as Racial Justice and Trauma Subcommittees. I am currently a Co-Chair of the Practice Based Effectiveness Workgroup.
Olive View UCLA Education and Research Institute
We will provide a care process model for pediatric trauma stress (CMPT) and trauma-reminder focused interventions, including Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA), a Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention (FISP), and a Reminder Focused Positive Psychiatry intervention (RFPP) - in collaboration with NCTSN Category II Centers for adolescents with PTSD and their families at Olive View UCLA Medical Center (OVMC). Clinicians and nurses at Pediatric Clinics, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall mental health clinics will achieve trauma-informed skillset and competency to implement. Trauma-informed screening: CMPT will be primarily implemented in pediatric and mental health clinics, screening 1,500 at-risk adolescents for PTSD per year for a total of 7,500 adolescents. Adolescents at risk for PTSD will be evaluated using the Pediatric Traumatic Stress Screening Tool, and based on the adolescent's trauma symptom severity and the presence of functional impairment in the adolescent's life, adolescents with PTSD will be assigned to one of three treatment interventions, including protective – for mild symptoms, - resilient – for moderate symptoms - or restorative – for severe symptoms. Trauma Reminder Interventions: FISP, TGCTA, and RFPP interventions will be implemented at OVMC. The project will provide evidence-based interventions to 210 youth with PTSD and their families per year for a total of 1,050 youth. The population of focus is trauma-exposed adolescents 9 to 18 years old. This includes children of military families, children involved in the child welfare system, children in pediatric clinics, and adolescents with co-morbid substance use disorders across underserved youth in north Los Angeles.