Michelle Arnold, MSW, was a project director of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, a grantee between 2009 and 2016. As part of a team, she provided technical assistance to over thirty youth serving agencies throughout Illinois. Michelle also co-trained over 1,000 staff to support their efforts to become trauma informed and to build capacity as supervisors, managers and administrators using a trauma lens in practice and policy.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Aurora Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center
The Trauma Resilience Youth Program (TRYP) is part of Aurora Mental Health Center (AuMHC), a non-profit organization in Aurora, Colorado that provides services to both children and adults. TRYP delivers culturally informed trauma screenings and treatment to children of refugee and immigrant families who have resettled in Colorado. Some of the treatment interventions include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Child-Centered Psychotherapy (CPP), and Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS). TRYP’s key staff includes Health Navigator Case Managers who provide culturally and linguistically appropriate interpretation and case management services to the different refugee and immigrant communities. Other key components of TRYP include training AuMHC clinicians in evidenced-based practices (EBPS) and in the use of cultural modifications of specific EBPs when they are available. TRYP has developed partnerships with integrated (physical and behavioral health) care specialty clinics, youth-serving programs, schools, resettlement agencies, and department of human services.
Babel, Korinne H., PhD, LPC, NCC
Korinne is a former Children's Therapist from the Family Sunshine Center where she provided TF-CBT to children 3-17 and was active in the NCTSN. Korinne remains involved as an affiliate member of the NCTSN while working as an Assistant Professor at Troy University and providing play therapy in a private practice setting.
Kristin Barker is a licensed clinical social worker and the former Manager of Clinical Operations at Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She has expertise in implementing evidence-based, trauma-focused, interventions to youth and their caregivers, overseeing the operations of a mental health outpatient clinic, and providing training to professionals across child-serving sectors. Ms. Barker is a recognized trainer in Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma, the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, and the Resource Parent Curriculum. Ms. Barker’s areas of interest include the treatment and assessment of complex trauma, trauma-informed parenting, and supporting the implementation and sustainability of trauma-informed, evidence-based practices in communities and organizations. Ms. Barker is temporarily residing in London, England where she is seeking opportunities to work within, and learn from, the local system of trauma-informed care while staying connected and contributing to the work of the NCTSN.
Jody was formerly the Director of a School-Based Counseling Program in Atlanta, Georgia. In that position, she served on the steering committee for an NCTSN grant and oversaw the implementation of trauma-informed care training and therapeutic services in local schools. She is now working at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, focusing on child wellness and building resiliency through programming with pediatricians, caregivers, youth, and schools. She remains involved with the NCTSN and is particularly interested in trauma-informed care within healthcare organizations and school settings.
Baystate Medical Center: Partners in Care: Community-Based Implementation of Evidence Based Treatment for Childhood Trauma (Partners in Care)
The overarching goal of Baystate Medical Center’s program, Partners in Care: Community-Based Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment for Childhood Trauma (Partners in Care) is to improve access to and quality of evidence-based trauma-informed care for children and families who experience trauma and loss by addressing health disparities and reducing barriers to treatment throughout Massachusetts. To achieve this goal, Partners in Care does the following: (1) disseminates the In-Home Therapy (IHT) application of Trauma- Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) on a statewide scale, with emphasis on developing capacity for serving Latino and military families; (2) implements a program of training in trauma-informed mental health care for paraprofessionals working in a variety of community-based mental health settings; and (3) strengthens cultural competence of the clinical workforce for trauma-informed treatment within special populations. Partners in Care expands the culturally-sensitive trauma-informed workforce by training graduate students in educational settings throughout New England and Puerto Rico, including training therapists in Puerto Rico in TF-CBT. Partners in Care serves families with children ages 5-18 who have experienced trauma regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. Training for paraprofessionals and students includes the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT), NCTSN Resources for Military Children and Families, and The Adaptation Guidelines for Serving Latino Children and Families Affected by Trauma. Partners in Care collaborates with the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative to support the statewide dissemination of trainings.
Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, Inc.
Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) is the public behavioral health authority for Baltimore City. BHSB’s NCTSN grant funds You TURNS (Youth Trauma, Unity, Recovery, Navigation, and Safety), a collaborative effort with the Baltimore City Health Department’s Safe Streets program, the Penn North Kids Safe Zone, and Catholic Charities of Baltimore. You TURNS offers a continuum of support to youth ages 14-25 who have been exposed to violence or experience chronic stress or trauma. Peer navigators engage youth through street outreach, facilitate groups using the SELF model (a trauma-informed psychoeducational curriculum), and link youth to support services and resources. Support services provided through You TURNS include acupuncture, trauma-informed mindfulness and yoga, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) groups. Participation is self-directed. All services are located in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore.
Benamati, Joseph, MSW;EdD
Dr. Joseph Benamati served in a military hospital treating active duty personnel suffering from war trauma (PTSD). For the past 40 years he has worked in children's mental health and child welfare positions. He has worked with adjudicated youth, inpatient mental health, autistic and developmentally delayed youth, all having been traumatized by their experiences and needing a safe and healing environment. He is the author of START (Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma). He is an affiliate member of the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), past Steering Committee member and the co-chair of the NCTSN national juvenile justice Treatment Workgroup. Dr. Benamati is the mental health officer for the Town of Stillwater, NY Emergency Preparedness Committee where he assists the committee in planning for the mental health needs of the community in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Presently he is a senior faculty member for the Sanctuary Institute as a consultant to the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) juvenile justice division and a consultant to Sanctuary agencies around the United States.