Frank Bennett was Director of Children's Services at Aurora Mental Health Center in Aurora, Colorado, for twenty years before retiring in 2006. He served as project director of the NCTSN site at Aurora for five years. Dr. Bennett continued to be active with the Network, serving on the Network Steering Committee, the Affiliate Advisory Group, and working with the Resource Parent Subcommittee to improve the implementation of the Resource Parent Curriculum. In addition to his professional experience, Dr. Bennett is a biological, foster, and adoptive parent, providing another view of the systems that serve children who have experienced trauma.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Bennett, Frank, PhD
Bethany Christian Services, Project Return Home
Project Return Home expands the reach and impact of Bethany Christian Services’ existing child trauma center to serve urban Grand Rapids and the metropolitan Kent County area of West Central Michigan. The target population is traumatized children aged 3-18 who have been removed from their homes due to child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment, and who live in foster care or other out-of-home placement. Trauma treatment will also be delivered to their parents, most of whom struggle with their own unresolved sources of childhood trauma. The project will adapt/replicate an empirically based trauma-informed treatment model to help foster children achieve four measurable outcomes: 1) reduce behavioral problems extending from childhood trauma; 2) increase the rate and timeliness of child-family reunification; 3) reduce the number of disrupted foster placements; and 4) reduce the rates of recidivism for repeat out-of-home placement of children.
Bethany partners with the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Center of Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, to replicate the trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) model for foster children, and will draw on the resources of its own Child and Family Traumatic Stress Center, which has successfully implemented two other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded clinical models for treating traumatized adopted youth and youth aging out of the foster care system.
Bienenfeld, Allison, APC, NCC, CCMHC
Allison Bienenfeld previously worked as a clinical therapist at CHRIS 180, where she provided evidenced-based trauma treatment to children, teens, families, and adults using the ARC Framework, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and expressive arts/sand tray interventions. She also served as an internal ARC trainer for Project 180 at several Atlanta-area schools. She has participated in the STS and PWYF groups through the NCTSN, as well as the Steering Committee for Project 180. Allison currently works for a school district and for a private practice, where she continues to provide trauma-focused therapy with young people, their families, and adults.
Black-Pond, Connie MA, LMSW, LPC
Connie Black-Pond has participated in the NCTSN since 2003. She was Co Founder, and previously the Clinical Director, of WMU Children's Trauma Assessment Center in Kalamazoo, MI, a funded site for 11 years. She has over 30 years experience in both Child Welfare and the provision of mental health services to children and adults who have experienced trauma exposure. As a developer trained TF-CBT supervisor, Connie has and continues to provide clinical consultation to therapists across Michigan trained in TF-CBT and participating in State and University trauma initiatives. Her NCTSN work in the area of Birth Parent trauma includes serving as Co-Chair of the Birth Parent Trauma subcommittee and participating in the development of Birth Parent Trauma fact sheets and 'Working with Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System', an online curriculum. Other NCTSN workgroup participation has included the Complex Trauma and Schools Workgroups, and the development of the 'Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators' and the 'Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators'. As an Individual Affiliate, Connie presently collaborates with Trauma Informed School efforts in Michigan, and provides trauma training/consultation to State and local agencies, treatment providers and legal professionals.
Blaustein, Margaret, PhD
Margaret Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2018, 2010). Formerly the Division Director for Trauma Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI, Dr. Blaustein is now Director of the Center for Trauma Training in Needham, MA. Dr. Blaustein is a clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae, and has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad on this topic. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her work has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress. Dr. Blaustein has been involved in various NCTSN-funded projects since the network’s inception.
Brown McCormick, Lindsey M., PhD, LPCC-S, ACS
"Dr. Lindsey" is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor currently in private practice in Wheeling, WV. Prior to this, she was introduced to the NCTSN while employed at the Category III funded site Mountain Comprehensive Care Center in Prestonsburg, KY. While there, she received several evidence-based trainings specific to the treatment of trauma in children. Most of her clinical caseload is complex trauma in both children and adults. Dr. Lindsey is licensed in multiple states in the Ohio Valley/Appalachian region, is certified in EMDR therapy through EMDRIA, provides clinical supervision, and is a counselor educator. She has served on the Affiliate Advisory Committee since January 2019.
Brown, Laurie, LCSW
Provide individual and group counseling in college counseling clinic. Provide trauma training and consultation as well as individual supervision.
Brown, Rebecca, MSW, LCSW
Rebecca Brown, LCSW has participated in the NCTSN since 2008 as a staff member of a funded site, an organizational affiliate, and most recently, as an individual affiliate. She currently runs her own counseling and consulting practice providing individual services, corporate consulting, and training. Ms. Brown has trained as both a clinician and a supervisor in several NCTSN endorsed evidence based child trauma treatments, managed several statewide and local Learning Collaboratives, has served as a Co-Chair of the IPV Collaborative Group, and continues to collaborate as an Associate Faculty for the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma.
Currently administering psychotherapy and client-centered child traumatic stress treatment to public and private elementary school students. Working in a private psychotherapy practice in Westchester County, New York; this clinician receives referrals from schools, Child Protective Services, and Family Court from the municipality. Thirty-three percent of the patients in the practice are children and adolescents. The modality of treatment for this segment of clients are screened and assessed for levels of child traumatic stress. Those testing positive receive an intervention called Tell Me A Story (TEMAS), where they are encouraged to reconstruct certain aspects of their trauma, in story/narrative form, after viewing drawings of family traumatic scenes. I conduct individual, group and family therapy sessions with the children.
Buffington, Kristine, MSW
Kristine Buffington is an independent trainer and consultant who works with agencies and communities on the dissemination of evidence-based treatment (TF-CBT) and facilitates training and consultation for trauma-informed care system transformation with juvenile justice systems, schools, child protection agencies, residential treatment centers, and mental health providers.