Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

"Building a Community of Care  for Children, Families and Providers"

October 2016 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Agency Spotlight: Parents Forward
Register Now for 2017 Trauma Conference
Featured Training: Basics of TF-CBT
Featured Article: Bullying and LGBTQ+ Youth
Featured Community Initiative: Children First Nurturing Program
Featured Community Initiative: Trauma Screening Workgroup Update
Next TICC Meeting
TICC Members
TICC Agency Spotlight
Parents Forward
Parents Forward is a collaboration of community partners who are working to increase evidence-based parent training services within Travis County.
Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Services and United Way for Greater Austin have shared joint responsibility for convening the Parents Forward group. Due to the large gap in evidence-based parent training services available in the community for the treatment of families involved in Child Protective Services, Parents Forward has made this the first priority of the collaboration. The collaboration currently has three main areas of focusing including:
  • Better defining and understanding client needs and gaps in our community;
  • Researching and advocating for new funding opportunities; and 
  • Creating a real time referral system to better utilize the services that are currently available. 
Parents Forward meetings are held monthly. For more information about the initiative, please contact one of the Co-Chairs:

Corie Cormie, Travis County HHS&VS, 512-854-3720,

Sue Carpenter, United Way for Greater Austin, 512-382-8608,
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Register Now!
2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas
May 11 - 12, 2017
AT&T Conference Center 
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Dan Siegel, MD 

Register by December 16th 
for early bird rate

Click here to view breakout sessions and purchase tickets

Featured Training
Healing Trauma in Children & Teens: Basics of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Hosted by 
YWCA Greater Austin
2015 South IH 35, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78741

This training will provide an overview of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), one of the most evidence-based treatments for trauma in children and adolescents. No experience with TF-CBT is needed to attend. Bring cases and questions for discussion!

Cost: $60 ($40 for YWCA member)

Register Here

Featured Article
  October is
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Bullying is a common experience that can cause traumatic stress to children and teens, affecting their school and social functioning and leading to mental health issues, including suicidal ideation and behaviors (National Child Traumatic Stress Network 2016). 


While the statistics on bullying are alarming, there are ways we can prevent and address bullying and the serious consequences it can cause. Research shows that school-based bullying prevention programs can decrease bullying by up to 25% ( McCallion & Feder, 2013). In addition, many TICC members work with youth who are exposed to bullying. Our featured article focuses on how one TICC member organization, Out Youth, is serving youth exposed to bullying.
Bullying and LGBTQ+ Youth

Sarah Kapostasy
Clinical Services Director of Out Youth

Youth of all sexual orientations and gender expressions can face verbal and physical harassment throughout their school day. In a 2011 national survey of LGBTQ+ youth, 82% said they had been verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation, 38% were physically harassed, and 18% were physically assaulted. Nearly 64% of students reported feeling unsafe because of their sexual orientation.

Repeated instances of bullying can create an environment that is not conducive to learning or academic success. Research shows that LGBTQ+ students who experience harassment have higher levels of depression and anxiety, as well as increased absenteeism. Some choose to drop out of school entirely.
Fortunately, available research also suggests that school safety is a protective factor for LGBTQ+ youth. School administrators need to assess their school environments to ensure they are fostering a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students. All staff should be trained to support LGBTQ+ students, LGBTQ+ history could be incorporated into lesson plans, and safe spaces should be designated throughout the school. Students often report feeling safer when they feel they are protected by teachers, school administrators, and staff. Resources for creating safer school environments for LGBTQ+ youth can be found at: and

Further, establishing social  organizations such as Gender and Sexuality Alliances ( and psycho-educational support groups that expand school-based supports for LGBT youth can have a dramatic impact upon student well-being and academic outcomes.

Out Youth is currently partnering with Communities In Schools of Central Texas to provide such support groups in 5 area schools this fall, with plans to expand into at least 9 schools by the fall of 2017. This aligns with the overall mission of Out Youth to promote the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well- being of LGBTQ+ youth so that they can openly and safely explore and affirm their identities.

To learn more about Out Youth or to make a donation, please visit or contact Sarah Kapostasy, Clinical Director at
Community Initiatives
The Children First Nurturing Program

Corie L. Cormie, LCSW
Program Administrator, Office of Children Services
Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service

The Travis County HHS&VS Children First program has been providing home-based support services to families in the Child Protective Services system over the last 50 years. Over the last three years, the program has shifted to providing an evidence-based curriculum called the Nurturing Program.

Children First has five Parent Coaches that work with families in the home or in a group setting once a week for 16 to 24 weeks. Staff have had extensive training in the Nurturing Program Curriculum and assessment toll and continue to receiving ongoing one-on-one coaching to ensure fidelity to the model. The Children First Program has the primary goal of creating protective environments for children and families. Services are designed to build self-awareness, positive concept/self-esteem and build levels of empathy; teach alternatives to hitting and yelling; enhance family communication and awareness of needs; replace abusive behaviors with nurturing behaviors; promote healthy physical and emotional development; and teach appropriate role and developmental expectations.

Families who have been identified by Child Protective Services for child abuse and neglect are in need of structured, long-term, family-based services to replace patterns of parenting that are hurtful with patterns of parenting that are nurturing. In addition, families need intervention and treatment that incorporates an understanding of trauma. Nurturing Parent Programs were specifically designed for this purpose. There is a built-in pre- and post-assessment that address five parenting constructs of child abuse and neglect and the program lessons incorporate six protective factors identified by the ACEs study. The protective factors include Nurturing and Attachment, Knowledge of Parenting and of Child Development, Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Concrete Supports for Parents, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.

The Children First Program implements the pre and post Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI). This evidence-based evaluation tool allows Parent Coaches to objectively measure the success of families throughout the program. The program has seen great results in the first few years of implementation. Children First serves 250 families per year, with 80% or more of the children remaining in the home with their families after services. The AAPI has demonstrated that 90% or more of parents who receive the Nurturing Program through Children First will move from high risk of abuse and neglect to medium or low risk. 

For more information about the program, please contact Mary Williams, the Children First Program Manager, at 512-834-3864 or at
Trauma Screening Workgroup Update

Becky Morales, LCSW
Austin Child Guidance Center

The Trauma Screening Workgroup is a sub-workgroup of the Travis County Children's Mental Health Plan Intervention Workgroup. The group has been working for nearly a year to develop standards for trauma screening in various settings where children receive services in Travis County. These standards are meant to provide guidance on the types of trauma screeners that are appropriate for different settings, and to give tips on things to consider before implementation of trauma screenings at your agency or school. The group has developed several documents tailored to various child serving settings.

The next meeting will be on November 15th from 9:30-11 AM at the Austin Child Guidance Center (810 West 45th Street, Austin, TX 78751).

If you would like to provide feedback, or to learn more about how to get involved in this workgroup, please contact Becky Morales at
Next TICC Meeting
Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Friday, October 14, 2016
9 am - 10:30 am 
Austin Oaks Hospital
1407 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745

RSVP to:
TICC  Members 
Seanna Crosbie
Austin Child Guidance Center
Renee Calder Price
DePelchin Children's Center
Organizational Members
A World For Children - Keri Cooper, Megan Light
Allies Against Slavery - Brooke Axtell
Any Baby Can - Jenny Baldwin
Armstrong Community Music School - Margaret Perry, Sarah Beth Gooding
Asian Family Support Services of Austin - Catherina Conte, Doan Phan
Austin Achieve Public Schools - Kali Fagnant, Ashcon Habibi
Austin Child Guidance Center - Seanna Crosbie, Stephen Kolar, Andrea Ciceri
Austin Children's Shelter - Sarah Rees
Austin ISD - Kathy Palomo, Kimberly Bird
Austin Oaks Hospital - Meg Haden, Angelica Reyes
Austin Shelter for Women and Children - Annette Pelletier, Stacy Schwarz
Austin Travis County Integral Care - Bridget Speer, Melissa Acosta
Austin Voices for Education and Youth - Julie Weeks, Louise Hanks
Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County - Victoria Huerta Rodriguez
Bell/Lampasas County CSCD - Samantha Haynes
Care Options For Kids - Kevin Schoenberge r,  Kevin Worwood
CASA of Travis Co.  - Charron Sumler, Stephanie Weiss
Casey Family Programs - Michael Martinez
Center for Child Protection - Karina Garcia, Miriam Jansky
Child and Family Research Institute at UT School of Social Work - Beth Gerlach
Communities for Recovery - Linda Ramsey, Robin Peyson
Communities in Schools of Central Texas - Kelly Smith, Kris Downing
Community Advancement Network (CAN) - Raul Alvarez, Carlos Soto
CommunitySync- Suzanne Hershey
Department of Family & Protective Services - Sheila Brown, Irina Meza
DePelchin Children's Center - Renee Calder Price
Eanes ISD and Westlake High School- Katie Bryant
Easter Seals Central Texas - Jessica Portilla
El Buen Samaritano - Donna Shanor, Debbie Del Valle
EngenderHealth - Mandy Ackerman
Family Service Association - Ron Flores
Georgetown Psychological Services, PLLC - Jo Vendl, Amanda Johnson
Greater San Marcos Youth Council - Julia Ramsay New, Nena Meadows
Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt
Kids in a New Groove - Laura Wood, Carmen Gattis
KIPP Austin Collegiate High School - Natalie Riggins
LifeWorks - Rob Thurlow, Anita Jung
NAMI Austin - Karen Ranus, Jessica Miller
Out Youth - Sarah Kapostasy, Aubrey Wilkerson
Parent Representative - Andrea Melendez
People's Community Clinic - Celina F. Nance, Leslee Perez
Pflugerville ISD - Vicky Esparza-Gregory
Phoenix House - Meredith Mullens, Sara Mounzer
Refugee Services of Texas - Kay Mailander, Erica Schmidt
SAFE Alliance - Abigail Sharp
SafePlace, a partner agency of SAFE - Barbara Ball, Linda Herbert
Sage Recovery & Wellness Center - Sapna Aggarwal
Samaritan Center - Gretchen Johnson Rees, Carlos Rivera
Seedling Foundation - Shira Ledman, Falba Turner
Southwest Key Programs - Alfonso Bermea, Hillary England
Spirit Reins - Rhonda Smith, Rebecca Hubbard
Taylor ISD - Trish Kolek, Stella Masterson
Texas CASA - Sarah Crockett
Texas Family Voice Network - Candace Aylor, Barbara Granger
Texas Network of Youth Services - Lara O'Toole, Christine Gendron
The Austin Stone Counseling Center - Jason Kovacs, Andrew Dealy
The Settlement Home - Jessica McKay, Michelle Spikes
Travis County Collaborative for Children - Katy Bourgeois, Rachel Dow
Travis County Health & Human Services & Veteran Services - Christinia Kuehn, Corie Cormie
United Way for Greater Austin - Alison Bentley
University of Texas - University Charter School - Nicole Whetstone, Melissa Chavez
Upbring - Frank Lopez, Lindsey Stockton
Williamson County Juvenile Services - Lynn Kessel, Hannah Platt
YWCA Greater Austin - Laura Gomez-Horton, Maya Amos
Newsletter Committee
Andrea Ciceri - Newsletter Liaison
Micki Marquardt, Jessica McKay, Michelle Spikes, Karina Garcia, Corie Cormie, Nicole Whetstone
Membership and Marketing Committee
Sarah Rees and Alfonso Bermea - Committee Liaisons
Samantha Haynes, Kevin Schoenberger, Kevin Worwood, Raul Alvarez, Carlos Soto, Natalie Riggins, Kay Mailander, Erica Schmidt, Sapna Aggarwal,  Candace Aylor
Trauma Screening Work Group
Becky Morales - Work Group Liaison
Bridget Speer, Seanna Crosbie, Angelica Reyes, Annette Pelletier, Michael Martinez, Karina Garcia, Linda Ramsey, Kelly Smith, Micki Marquardt, Natalie Riggins, Abigail Sharp, Barbara Ball, Sarah Crockett, Alison Bentley
Website Committee
Stephen Kolar - Website Liaison
Candace Aylor