As an NCTSN member, the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center (DTIRC) brought evidence-based treatment (TF CBT) for traumatized children to every community mental health center in New Hampshire. Through SAMHSA funding and grants from the New Hampshire Endowment for Health and the Fidelity Foundation, DTIRC established a videoconference network to allow weekly supervision of clinicians by DTIRC and national experts. DTIRC also implemented Project Prevent, which enhanced access to evidence-based evaluation and trauma treatment (CPP) for children aged 0-5 in four agencies across New Hampshire. Its NCTSN-sponsored New Hampshire Bridge project allowed implementation of mental health screening and treatment referral processes across five New Hampshire juvenile justice courts by partnering with family court judges. The most recent NCTSN project entailed a highly productive collaboration with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in which the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) increased placement stability for children in foster care through trauma-sensitive practices in child welfare. Most recently, DTIRC has partnered with DCYF on two Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grants designed to develop a collaborative trauma-informed child welfare system that effectively addresses the well-being needs of involved youth. The Partners for Change project aims to improve the social and emotional well-being of children in the New Hampshire child welfare system, including juvenile justice youth, through universal screening, assessment, evidence-based treatment, progress monitoring, and psychotropic medication oversight. New Hampshire Adoption Preparation and Preservation will focus on the creation of a child serving system in which adoptive children and families have access to trauma-informed, adoption-competent services and supports so that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the child’s needs and ensure a successful adoption.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center, New Hampshire Bridge Project
de los Santos, Katrina, MS, LPC, NCC
I am an LPC in South Dakota and am a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. I am working towards licensure in the state of Texas, where I currently reside. I recently worked at the Youth & Family Services Youth Trauma Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. At Youth & Family Services, I worked with youth from ages 2-18 and their families, as well as young adults, who have experienced trauma. I conducted trauma screenings and assessments and utilized the Clinical Improvement for Measurement Initiative (CIMI) to aid in Duke University's research study. I currently work for Monarch Behavioral Health in San Antonio, Texas.
I see children and teens ages 3+ as well as adults. Most of the clients I see have experienced trauma. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have also been trained in the Native American adaptation (Project Making Medicine). I have been trained in Parenting with Love & Logic and co-facilitated Love & Logic parenting classes. We also started teaching a trauma informed version of Love & Logic called "Adults Helping Youth with Challenging Pasts." My areas of expertise includes childhood trauma, parenting, military family issues, and youth with special needs.
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center
The Championing Access to Trauma-informed-treatments to Achieve Lowcountry Youth Services Transformation (CATALYST) project aims to increase the quality of and access to evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments and services for child maltreatment victims in Charleston and Berkeley Counties of South Carolina (the “Lowcountry”), thereby reducing the negative consequences of maltreatment on children. The CATALYST project is headquartered at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), the only Accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) serving child victims in Charleston County. The proposed project will achieve its primary purpose by (1) improving screening and identification of children in need of trauma-specific, evidence supported assessment and treatment; (2) training clinicians and supporting implementation of evidence-based treatments (including TF-CBT, AF-CBT, PCIT, PSB-CBT, and FOCUS for military youth); and (3) improving the quality and applicability of evidence-based treatment to address current service disparities. In addition, the project will support creating a trauma-informed community of providers through training child welfare and military family advocacy case workers on the NCTSN Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma.
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
Dewey, Lauren, PhD
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont (UVM) where I teach and provide supervision for clinical psychology PhD students. I also serve as the Director of Youth Services at Connecting Cultures, the mental health division of New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT). My clinical work focuses on caring for refugee and immigrant youth and families and my community collaborations focus on reducing barriers to effective mental health interventions. I am Certified Provider of Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) following years of training at an NCTSN site: Child HELP Partnership at St. Johns University in Queens, NY. I have worked with trauma-exposed youth in forensic, residential, and outpatient settings and have engaged in a number of international and local youth development projects. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in family-based assessment and intervention through the Department of Child Psychiatry at the UVM Medical Center. I’m excited to continue to receive training and gain experience in Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) through collaborations with Boston Children's Trauma and Community Resilience Center and the University of Minnesota in effort to improve local services for refugee youth.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Since 1942, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has served Southern California residents by providing quality, trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse services. As the first non-profit mental health outpatient clinic in Los Angeles, Didi Hirsch was initially founded to help adults cope with the aftermath of the Great Depression. Today, Didi Hirsch primarily serves a diverse population of adults and older adults living with chronic, severe mental illness, as well as children with serious emotional disturbance and their families, recognizing the substantial impact that traumatic experiences can have on the clients we serve. With ten clinical sites and nearly 100 affiliated schools, Didi Hirsch serves more than 90,000 clients annually throughout Southern California. Our services span a continuum of prevention, early intervention, and treatment services for individuals, families, and the community. These services include a nationally recognized 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline; outpatient mental health services for children, families, and adults; time-limited crisis counseling; field-based intensive mental health services for children, transition-aged youth and adults; school-based mental health and substance use prevention services; case management; employment services; Wellness Centers; an integrated healthcare clinic; crisis residential care; and residential care for women struggling with substance use and their children. Didi Hirsch also provides unique training opportunities to the broader community of service providers, as well as internship and practicum training opportunities for the next generation of service providers to work with trauma-exposed individuals and communities.
DiDonato, Stephen, PhD, LPC, NCC
Dr. Stephen DiDonato is an Associate Professor in the Jefferson College of Nursing and co-Director of the Jefferson Trauma Education Network (J-TEN). He holds his Masterâ€™s Degree in Counseling from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Ph.D. in International Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. DiDonato has extensive experience in training and consulting with behavioral health and medical departments to enhance the health and vibrancy of the workforce. Dr. DiDonatoâ€™s clinical expertise working with children, families, and communities who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. Dr. DiDonatoâ€™s research is primarily focused on how providers and students adherence to myths and restricted stereotypes influence engagement with clients/patients and families. Dr. DiDonato also focuses his scholarly inquiry on trauma-informed education and training.
Donaldson, Jessica, LCSW
I am a therapist and clinical supervisor with Bright Path Counseling. For the past 10 years, I have worked in the area of childhood trauma and resilience, engaging in counseling, supervision, training, program development and management. For the past 5 years, I have been a part of a NCTSN implementing trauma and resiliency informed care into the schools, courts, and local community along with community organizations. I train and consult on Attachment, Regulation, and Competency. My works focuses on direct clinical work and supervision of upcoming therapists. My areas of expertise related to children and families are: trauma and social injustice, substance use, children in the foster care system, trauma informed care organizational transformation, and policies and practices in children's systems of care.