HEARTS is a whole-school prevention/intervention program that aims to create trauma-informed, safe, supportive, and equitable learning and teaching environments that foster resilience and wellness for everyone in the school community. HEARTS utilizes a multi-tiered system of support to address trauma at the student, staff, school organizational, and district levels through training and consultation with school personnel, and mental health supports for students and families. HEARTS work is guided by six principles that are grounded in trauma research and an extensive review of trauma-informed systems work nationally: Understanding Trauma and Stress; Cultural Humility and Equity; Safety and Predictability; Compassion and Dependability; Empowerment and Collaboration; and Resilience and Social Emotional Learning. A core feature distinguishing HEARTS from many other trauma-informed school approaches is the centrality of cultural responsiveness and equity in all aspects of the program. We believe that given the toxic, trauma-inducing, and pervasive nature of structural racism and other forms of oppression, any efforts to mitigate the effects of trauma must include efforts to counteract these harms. Further, without a culturally responsive and equity-promoting lens, there is a risk that trauma concepts could be used to pathologize marginalized communities rather than underscore their resilience. HEARTS-Extended (HEARTS-E) is our NCTSI-funded project that provides evidence-based trauma-focused mental health treatment, services, and support systems for trauma-impacted children and youth at three elementary and two middle school sites in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), focusing on capacity-building for SFUSD personnel to deliver these services.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Healthy Environments and Response to Schools (HEARTS), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Heartland Alliance International
The Kovler Center at Heartland Alliance International is dedicated to implementing and evaluating high quality, trauma-informed and culturally and linguistically responsive treatment practice to immigrant, refugee, and asylee youth and families. The populations of focus are multi-ethnic groups of immigrant and refugee youth and families who have been traumatized by war, displacement, state sponsored torture, family separation, and resettlement. The main goals of this project are to: improve and expand upon trauma informed mental health services to youth whom have been impacted by war, torture, displacement, and/or family separation and to decrease disparities in ethnic minorities access to mental health care both through the center’s direct service work as well as developing collaborative community partnerships with community organizations and schools who serve immigrant and refugee populations. The Kovler Center uses the International Family Adult and Child Enhancement Services (IFACES) model, which is culturally and linguistically responsive approach to working with immigrant populations. Services will include case management, group therapies, and individual treatment. Due to Chicago being one of the main cities where immigrants are relocated, we anticipate serving youth and families from over 30 different countries annually.
Hendricks, Alison, LCSW
Alison Hendricks, LCSW, is a trainer and consultant who specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trauma-informed systems, and Secondary Traumatic Stress. She is a Certified National Trainer for TF-CBT and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, a product of the NCTSN that she helped to revise in 2012. She worked with the Chadwick Center of Rady Childrenâ€™s Hospital for nine years, first as a trauma therapist and then as Operations Manager of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project. She provides training and consultation on TF-CBT, trauma-informed care, and Secondary Traumatic Stress to programs across the country. Alison is the lead author on two workbooks on TF-CBT. She also specializes in Culturally Modified TF-CBT with a focus on Latino children and families. She has presented at numerous conferences and has published several journal articles on a wide variety of topics related to childhood trauma. Alison graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and completed her MSW at Hunter College School of Social Work. She lives in San Diego with her husband and daughter.
Hernandez, Michelle A.
Michelle A. Hernandez was a clinician at Kristi House in Miami, Florida, for ten years before going into private practice. She served as a program coordinator for children with sexual behavior problems and received specialized training in PSB-CBT from Oklahoma University as part of a collaborative program. Michelle was part of an expert panel aimed at implementation of PSB-CBT in community agencies. She is also certified in TF-CBT and provides consultation for agencies seeking to be trauma informed. Her private practice treats a diverse population seeking treatment for trauma resolution. She also works with providers that are experiencing secondary traumatic stress. She continues to be involved with the NCTSN in areas of trauma informed care and complex trauma.
The Center for Restorative Solutions (C4RS) was founded by Cindy Hill-Ford, MFT in 2014 to promote the use of an integrated approach to Restorative and Trauma Informed Practices (known as RTIPs) as a means to enhance the capacity of those who seek to help children, youth and families in communities afflicted by chronic poverty and violence overcome adversity and thrive. C4RS partners and associates provide program development, training, and consultative services designed to promote the development of restorative and trauma informed educational, mental health, and community-based service delivery systems that seek to support those dealing with the impacts of trauma. In 2018-19, C4RS is collaborating with the Urban Youth Trauma Center of the University of Illinois-Chicago Department of Psychiatry, the California School Based Health Alliance, (RJOY) Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, the West Contra Costa Unified School District, NCTSN affiliates, and youth serving organizations in Northern California to develop and empower the development of restorative and trauma informed ervice delivery systems and promote trauma healing.
Himmeger, Marla, LSW
Marla Himmeger initially participated in NCTSN activities through the Cullen Center in 2003 and has been an individual affiliate since that time. Prior to retirement from the Ohio Department of Mental Health in 2012, she was involved in organizing Ohio's Childhood Trauma Task Force and continues to participate in several local, state and NCTSN activities. She serves as co-chair of the 0-6 collaborative group and also is a member of the CWTTT subcommittee.
Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership
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.
Dominique Homer was the Child Trauma Prevention Coordinator for the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services. As the child trauma initiative for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, we worked to increase trauma-focused and trauma-informed care in Philadelphia. PACTS trained clinicians on TFCBT, educated the community on childhood trauma, and partnered with child-serving systems. Prior to her time with PACTS, she worked in Philadelphia's school system where she implemented trauma-informed practices withchildren who had been impacted by trauma. These interventions helped students to build resilience and improve their overall experiences in school. Dominique is still involved with NCTSN, and is interested in shaping traumainformed and anti-racist programs, discipline, and policies within school systems.
Hubbard, Rebecca J.
Rebecca J. Hubbard was formerly a clinician at Directions for Mental Health, Healing the Hurt, the Center for Child & Family Health, and the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center. Currently Rebecca provides Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to children and adults who have experienced trauma. During her time in the network she was one of the authors of the white paper on complex trauma and one of the authors of the article in Psychiatric Annals in 2005 that evolved from the white paper. Rebecca was a member of the Complex Trauma workgroup, and the Psychological First Aid workgroup. She remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on complex trauma and LGBTQ youth.