Frontline Service is a private nonprofit community mental health agency whose mission includes ending homelessness, resolving crisis and overcoming Child and Adult Trauma. We reach out to those children and families whose lives have been shattered by violence. We work closely with children and families who have experienced or witnessed the sudden loss of a loved one, are co-victims of homicide, endure a family suicide or experience physical or sexual trauma and the needs of children and adolescents who are impacted by their parent's incarceration. The Trauma Department houses the Children Who Witness Violence Program, Defending Childhood County Wide Trauma Screening and Assessment, The Loss Response Team, Children of Incarcerated Parents, TF-CBT Counseling, Our services include 24 hour Crisis Response, Trauma Informed Diagnostic Screening and Assessment in Child Welfare and Juvenile Court. Advocacy, Case Management, assistance with completion of Victim of Crime Compensation, provision of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, System Navigation within DCFS, Probate Court, Juvenile Court. Enhanced Visitation for Children of Incarcerated Parents, Camp Bridges, Camp Hope, Field Trips and training of other professionals in the community.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Frontline Service Trauma Department
Gahr, Jessica, MA
Jessica Gahr is a treatment clinician at the SAFE program. Jessica works primarily with court-involved children and adolescents who have engaged in problematic sexual behaviors. She values open communication and family-involvement when providing services.
Garst, Lynn, MEd
Lynn Garst, M.Ed. currently works as the Pediatric Disaster Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. He also serves as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Center for Resilience and Wellbeing in Schools at the University of Colorado, an NCTSN Category II site. He was the Principal Investigator for a Category III site at the Mental Health Center of Denver and remains an active affiliate member of the NCTSN.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project Intersect is focused on improving the well-being of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) through the provision of high quality trauma-focused evidence-based treatment to exploited children and their families and the training of professionals across child-serving systems to better recognize and respond to the needs of exploited children. A primary goal of the project involves building and sustaining a network of skilled therapists providing trauma-focused treatment (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to children and families. Additionally, Project Intersect is actively engaged with systems, community organizations and caregivers who provide services and ongoing care and support to youth who have been commercially sexually exploited, or who are at risk of exploitation. The project works with professionals in juvenile justice, child welfare/foster care, and homeless/runaway and LGBTQ youth-serving organizations to create more trauma-informed systems through training, ongoing support and consultation and promoting culture change within families and organizations.
Goldman Fraser, Jenifer
Jenifer Goldman Fraser was the former PI for the Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. in that capacity, Jenifer served as faculty for the senior leadership track for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaboratives in Massachusetts where she developed a CPP sustainability tool. Jenifer is now the Senior Research Analyst and Program Development Specialist for ZERO TO THREE's Infant-Toddler Court Program, a national initiative to support implementation of infant-toddler court teams in jurisdictions across the United States funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She recently co-authored a set of online learning modules on enhanced practices for judges and attorneys to meet the needs of very young children involved with child welfare services that will be available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway Learning Center in early 2019. She produced a module on parent trauma and on building a trauma-responsive court for the online curriculum. Additionally, Jenifer was the PI for the first comparative effectiveness review of interventions for children exposed to trauma, conducted under the auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program and which used exhaustive systematic review methodology to assess the strength of the evidence in support of interventions.
Goldsmith, Douglas, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas Goldsmith was the Executive Director of The Children's Center, a private not for profit mental health agency in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1995 until 2018 when he entered private practice. During his tenure he lead the agency to secure NSTSN membership in 2009 and 2012. Those 7 years with NCTSN transformed The Children's Center into a truama center for families in Salt Lake City. The clinical team received intensive training in TF -CBT, CPP, and ARC. He lectured clinicians throughout the state on how to recognize and treat trauma in very young children. And in 2017 he was asked by the Lieutenant Governor of the state to chair a committee responsible for creating a roadmap to make Utah a trauma informed state. Dr. Goldsmith is an expert in the area of attachment and co-edited a book titled, "Attachment Theory in Clinical Work with Children". His clinical work focuses on the intersection between attachment and trauma and treatment implications for young children. He is frequently asked to provide expert witness testimony on the impact of trauma on young children exposed to high conflict divorce, accidents, and refugee status. He continues to provide trauma treatment to families and children from toddlers through teens in his private practice.
Goodman, Robin F., PhD, ATR-BC
Robin Goodman is Associate Director of Public Education and Bereavement at Child HELP Partnership, St. John's University. As consultant to the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, she focuses on childhood traumatic grief-related activities and NCTSN projects. Dr. Goodman was Executive Director and Program Director of A Caring Hand, Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito and has also been a consultant for the Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate and for the NCTSN. Previously, as director of bereavement programs at the NYU Child Study Center, an NCTSN grantee, she co-directed a clinical and research program for bereaved 9/11 families.
Tharyn Giovanni Grant is a licensed clinical social worker in the Atlanta metro area who specializes in working with queer and gender expansive youth and young adults. His clinical interests include advocacy for youth and their families, working with trauma and substance use, and supporting other clinicians in providing affirming care. Tharyn approaches clinical work through psychodynamic theories, third-wave cognitive behavioral approaches, harm reduction, and relational cultural frameworks while also addressing intersectionality and examining systems of oppression, privilege, and power. He has worked with NCTSN projects at CHRIS 180, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, and JRI, Inc.
Griffin, Gene, JD, PhD
Gene is retired faculty from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he was part of a Category II grant that focused on the CANS assessment tool. Presently Gene is the state-appointed Chair of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership and remains involved with activities focused on public sector child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and child trauma issues.
Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
The Harborview Child Traumatic Stress Program is located at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), a specialty program of the Harborview Medical Center, a University of Washington teaching hospital. The center serves children and adults affected by child maltreatment, rape and other violent crime, and other traumatic events.
Among its accomplishments as part of the NCTSN, the center: 1) increased its capacity to deliver evidence-based interventions at HCSATS; 2) improved mechanisms for identifying and linking affected children served within the medical center to other services; 3) created a collaboration with specialized community providers serving victims in diverse settings to increase identification, access, and availability of culturally specific treatments; and 4) constructed and managed a website for distance learning that also serves as a clinical resource for practitioners across the state.