Thomas Donovan is a trainer of Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA). Thomas formerly served at Chaddock, a former category 3 site, as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. Currently he is the owner of New Life Counseling in Quincy, IL and Assistant Pastor at Columbus Road Baptist Church.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Donovan, Thomas, LCPC
Dorado, Joyce, PhD
Joyce Dorado is the Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS), and co-founded HEARTS in 2008. HEARTS is an awarding-winning, whole-school, prevention and intervention program that aims to promote school success for trauma-impacted children and youth by creating more trauma-informed, safe and supportive learning and teaching environments that foster resilience and wellness for everyone in the school community, students and adults alike. Equity and social justice are central to our approach.
Dr. Dorado is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General, and a nationally recognized expert in partnering with schools and other youth-serving systems to create trauma-informed, equitable, and healing organizations. She is an appointed member of the California State Supreme Court Justiceâ€™s statewide steering committee for the Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative. She is also the Lead Curriculum Developer and a Master Trainer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative, and provides training and consultation in collaboration with Trauma Transformed: Bay Area Regional Trauma-Informed Systems Center. She was a lead consultant in CLEAR California, a partnership between the Washington State University CLEAR program and HEARTS. In the NCTSN, she currently serves as faculty for a Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center Breakthrough Learning Collaborative (BSC) on racially just and healing organizations, and as an advisor for the BSC on trauma-informed schools. Previously, she led data contributions to the Core Data Set from her unit, and collaborated with the FITT Center to implement Strengthening Families Coping Resources multifamily groups
Eilers, W. Burke
I am the CEO of WellFully’s our mission is to provide health, recovery and development services to all adolescent youth. We currently serve approximately 350 youth each year between the ages of 10 to 18 who have significant mental health, substance abuse and behavioral challenges often due to trauma related to abuse and neglect. Through WellFully’s residential, tela-behavioral health, after-school and mobile programs, the youth in our care develop effective coping skills, giving them the opportunity to make better life choices and receive ongoing support for a successful future.
Emery, Debra W., PhD
Debra Emery was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now works at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and serves as the psychologist on the hematology/oncology team. Her interests include complex trauma and integrated care.
Erstling, Susan, LICSW, PhD
Susan Erstling was Senior Vice President, Trauma and Victim Services, Family Service of RI, where she served as Principal Investigator for NCTSN grants. She developed numerous, award winning partnerships which disseminated trauma care and education statewide. Included in these partnerships were collaborations with several state and local police departments, the Adult Correctional Institute, the Parole Board, Adoption RI, Roger William University, School of Criminal Justice, the DOJ funded State Victim Assistance Academy, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Military organizations, and helped integrate the Core Concepts course at RI College, School of Social Work, where she currently teaches as an adjunct faculty.
Susan is the Board Chairperson of Lucy's Hearth, a trauma informed family shelter, for homeless families and children.
Nova is a policy wonk who consults and collaborates with state agencies and community partners to implement multi-system and cross-agency policy initiatives to ensure unified approaches to behavioral health service delivery and improve outcomes for children, adults, and families with behavioral health needs. Most recently she initiated and oversaw a Statewide Cross Systems Trauma-Informed Care Transformation initiative in Texas. She has also served as the policy subject matter expert on MH/IDD at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission since 2012. Nova’s specific focus areas include, improving behavioral health services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), increasing access to mental health care for first responders, enhancing school mental health partnerships, and strengthening trauma-informed care policy across systems. She is trained as a trauma-sensitive schools coach, and a trauma-informed care and mindfulness for schools trainer, and works closely with state and local education partners in supporting implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools through a SAMHSA-AWARE grant and legislative implementation.
As a previous intern at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, SD, I worked with children and families who have experienced trauma. I am moving to Washington where I will work as a therapist with teens who are experiencing co-occurring disorders, often associated with trauma.
Family and Children's Service, Inc., NJ
Family & Children's Services (FACS) in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is providing trauma treatment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families who experience/witness traumatic events. Utilizing interventions developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Transforming Trauma will continue to provide leadership on child/adolescent issues to the provider communities throughout New Jersey, build the capacity of statewide service system to implement trauma-informed service practices (including professional training, public information, and outreach/screening, referral), and build a network of trauma-capable providers. Transforming Trauma will focus on making services accessible to military families that live on or near nearby military bases, homeless families, forensically-involved and other underserved youth and their families. We will train clinicians throughout the state of New Jersey to deliver services to children and families impacted by trauma utilizing one of four evidence-based therapeutic models including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT); and Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS).
Family and Children's Services Inc.
Family & Children's Services Child Abuse and Trauma Services (CATS) provides evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment to children/youth (ages 0-18+) and their families who have experienced, abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences and who reside in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma. CATS offers in office and in home therapy for families who cannot access in office appointments. Intervention models used: Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Services include individual, family and group models. The CATS team specializes in providing therapy for youth with Illegal Sexualized Behaviors and offers a supportive educational group for caregivers of children who have been sexually abused. Therapists collaborate with community providers, including DHS Child Welfare, court systems, Health Home, schools, pediatricians, in-patient services, attorneys, etc.