Vikki Rompala was the Co-Chair of the Partnering with Youth and Families Committee at NCTSN and the Program Evaluation and Consumer Initiative Coordinator at La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago Child Trauma Center. She now oversees outcomes, program development, and professional development at Rush Medical Center. She provides training on various areas of practice including: facilitation skills, utilizing assessment tools for engagement of clients and producing outcomes, Strengthening Families Coping Resources trainer for the FITT center, and remains involved with creating trauma-informed services for many different service sectors including domestic violence, child welfare, youth development, early childhood, and outpatient mental health settings.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Rompala, Vikki MSW, LCSW
Rosenzweig, Kim, PhD
Dr. Rosenzweig is a Clinical Psychologist at St. Aloysius in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is certified in in TF-CBT, and also trained in other evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy during her time working at the NCTSN Affiliate Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The majority of her current caseload consists of trauma-focused cases such as child abuse, traumatic grief, and complex trauma.
Runyon, Melissa, PhD
Melissa K. Runyon, Ph.D. is currently a licensed psychologist in Prospect, Kentucky. Dr. Runyon began her career in 1997 at the Miami University School of Medicineâ€™s Child Protection Team in Miami, Florida where she founded and directed the Family and Child Treatment Services (FACTS) program. In 1999 she took a position as Treatment Services Director of the CARES (Child Abuse Research Education and Service) Institute where she achieved the rank of professor of psychiatry at Rowan SOM. For nearly 16 years, Dr. Runyon provided oversight of clinical activities related to the delivery of the two evidence-based therapies (EBTs), Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT) and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), developed at the CARES Institute. Dr. Runyon has been the principal investigator or Project Director on grants supporting research or services from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse Mental Health and Services Administration, and private foundations to support their research, training and service efforts. Dr. Runyon provides consultation in the development of systems of trauma-informed care and to organizations that are developing programs to address the needs of children exposed to trauma, abuse and violence. Dr. Runyon also provides training and consultation in the United States and abroad to mental heath therapists in CPC-CBT and TF-CBT. In order to increase children and families access to care, training is also provided to child protection case workers, intake workers, and treating therapists in evidence-based engagement strategies to increase the likelihood that children and families involved in the child welfare system seek services, attend initial intake appointments and follow through with services.
Schacht, Megan, PhD
Megan Schacht is the Director of Family & Clinical Services with the St. Louis County Family Court. Previously, she was the Clinical Manager at Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She remains active with the NCTSN in the areas of juvenile justice and complex trauma.
Seilicovich, Irma, MA, LMFT
Irma Seilicovich is COO and co-founder of The Village Family Services, a nonprofit that works primarily with children and young adults exposed to trauma, in North Hollywood, CA. Ms. Seilicovich has been actively working in the mental health field for over 25 years with a focus on children and families. Formerly coordinator for the Trauma Center at Childrenâ€™s Institute Inc. and a current member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Ms. Seilicovich continues her association with the NCTSN while implementing evidence-based trauma treatment for children at The Village Family Services.
Serving Children and Adolescents in Need (S.C.A.N.), Border Traumatic Stress Response (Border TSR)
The Border Traumatic Stress Response Center is a program of Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) in Laredo, TX. The Center provides individual counseling services to youth that have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event including sexual and physical abuse, traumatic grief, and exposure to family, community or school violence. The target population is trauma exposed youth ages 3 to 17 including children of military families, children involved in the child welfare system, children of caregivers with substance use disorders who receive outpatient trauma treatment, children receiving shelter services through SCAN’s Emergency Youth Shelter, and adolescents ages 12 to 17 with co-occurring trauma and substance abuse that are involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems and are receiving residential substance abuse treatment at SCAN. The target population is composed almost entirely of first generation Mexican Americans or Mexican immigrants who are bilingual or primarily Spanish speaking. The evidence-based interventions being implemented include TF-CBT and ICARE, with cultural modifications made to ensure that all services are culturally and linguistically relevant. The Center partners with community stakeholders representing local school districts, law enforcement, juvenile justice, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, and child welfare.
SGA Youth and Family Service
Operating since 1911, the mission of SGA Youth & Family Services (SGA) is to “help children, families and communities facing great challenges to realize their potential.” SGA supports the emotional and social development of Chicago area adolescents and young adults by providing therapy, prevention and other supportive services for individuals and their families. By providing comprehensive services, through four different areas to families at each stage of life, from birth to parenting and from generation to generation, SGA is working to replace deep-seated barriers with a Cycle of Opportunity that will transform communities.
SGA Youth & Family Services (SGA) will provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children, adolescents, and their family members who are involved with the Illinois Cook County Department of Juvenile Probation. We will do this through treatment, training, and evaluation.
SGA's treatment goals: For youth and their families to recover from traumatic events they have experienced and to increase access and trauma-informed treatment and services to racial and ethnic minority youth and their families who have experienced traumatic events.
SGA's training goal: To develop a trauma informed system of care within the targeted service area by providing Trauma-informed CareTraining and consultation to community agencies.
SGA's evaluation goal: To sustain effective trauma-informed treatment services through work groups that include youth, families, and community organizations.
Sharda, Liz, PhD, LMSW
Liz Sharda, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Liz has been a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2008, and an Individual Affiliate member since 2012. Liz served as Program Coordinator for Project Return Home, the NCTSI-funded program at Bethany Christian Services, between 2008 and 2012. Since that time, Liz has trained on trauma-related topics within the child welfare system, with both professionals and resource parents. Liz is an experienced facilitator of "Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Resource Parent Curriculum" and "The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit" and has trained others to facilitate them as well.
Simon Roper, Liza, ACSW, LCSW
Liza Simon Roper, ACSW, LCSW has been a clinician, supervisor, and program developer in the child welfare field, private practice, and residential care for 30 years. She is has had over 8 years of experience delivering the NCTSN Resource Parent Curriculum and is currently a co-chair of that collaborative group. She serves on the Affiliate Advisory Board and continues to participate in the Sexual Behavior Problem subgroup of the Child Sexual Abuse collaborative group. Ms. Simon Roper is a certified ARC trainer, and is active providing training and consultation to agencies using that model.