Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

            April 2017 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Free Webinar on Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations
Register Now for 2017 Trauma Conference
Preview of Conference Breakout Sessions
TICC Workgroup Releases Trauma Screening Recommendations
New Trauma Services for Transition-Age Youth
May is Mental Health Month
Next TICC Meeting
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    Free Webinar on Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations!

Join Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing on April 19th, 12-12:30pm CST for Clinician's Corner Facebook Live session to discuss "How to Create Trauma-Informed Systems of Care Within Organizatons" with Seanna Crosbie! Come prepared to share your insight about Seanna's article which can be found here:
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2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas
May 11 - 12, 2017
7:30 AM - 5 PM 
AT&T Conference Center 
Austin, TX 

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Dan Siegel, MD 
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Co-Founder, Mindful Awareness Research Center

Presenting on:

An Interpersonal Biology Approach to Trauma and its Treatment

CEUs available for social workers, psychologists, teachers, law enforcement, LPC, LMFT, OT, PT, ST, and LCDC (CEUs pending for nurses)

Interested in finding out more about the breakout sessions for the 2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas? This month's newsletter features previews of three of the conference's breakout sessions.

Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Trauma in LGBTQ Youth
Megan Mooney, Ph.D. and M. Currey Cook, Esq.

This workshop will review traumatic experiences common among LGBTQ youth along with mental health treatment, legal rights, and out-of-home care for LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma and entered government care. Participants will discuss a case example of an LGBTQ youth with a history of trauma prior to and while in government care. This will be an interactive and engaging session intended for a wide range of audience members who would describe themselves as novices as well as those who may already have extensive experience supporting and engaging these youth. Participants will learn ways to create more affirming spaces for LGBTQ youth who are disproportionally affected by trauma and neglect. We will provide practical tips and tools so that participants can leave this session feeling better prepared to engage LGBTQ youth and their families through a trauma-focused lens. We will offer ideas to appeal to a cross-system audience including those focused on legal settings, organizational administration, and clinical practice. 

Trauma Across the Deployment Cycle: Support and Interventions for the Whole Family
Presented by: Vanessa Jacoby, Ph.D. and Abby Blankenship, Ph.D.

A common stressor for military families is the experience of separation due to deployments. The deployment cycle presents unique challenges and stressors at different points for all family members, especially for parents and young children. For very young children, the stress of separation can be potentially traumatic if the child perceives the parent to be in danger, as permanently absent, or if an at-home parent is unable to care for the child on his or her own. Additionally, intergenerational trauma can emerge if a deployed parent returns home with significant mental health problems, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Click here to find out more about this breakout session.

Navigating Uncertainty: Diagnostic Challenges in Youth Affected by Trauma
Julia Hoke, Ph.D. and May Taylor, Ph.D.

As psychologists in a community mental health setting, we often see children who have experienced trauma (e.g., abuse, neglect, domestic violence).  Trauma-affected children show a range of behavioral and emotional difficulties that are not always adequately described by DSM-5 diagnostic categories.  They may be impulsive, aggressive, withdrawn, or tearful and have difficulties concentrating, learning, building relationships, or communicating with others.  It is often challenging to differentiate the effects of trauma from other psychological conditions such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, or autism.  This challenge is compounded by the limitations of the DSM-5 in capturing the symptoms seen in children with complex and chronic trauma.  When children are assigned diagnoses without sufficient attention to their trauma history, they may miss out on receiving appropriate trauma-informed interventions.  In addition, careful assessment of the role of trauma in a child's functioning allows providers to better educate parents and teachers about the effects of trauma, appropriate expectations, and effective support strategies. 

Click here to find out more about this breakout session.
TICC Member Initiatives
TICC Workgroup Releases Trauma Screening Recommendations

Becky Morales, LCSW
Coordinator of Off-Site Services, ACGC

In early 2015, the Travis County Children's Mental Health Plan was unveiled as a five-year plan to improve the wellness of children and youth in Travis County.  One of the goals of this important plan is related to early and effective intervention, with an objective of ensuring inclusion of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other mental health risk factors when designing screening tools for children and youth.  To meet this objective, a workgroup was strategically developed focused on creating Travis County standards for trauma screening and to support the adoption of these tools by child-serving agencies within Travis County. 

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New Trauma Services for Transition-Age Youth

Camille Chase, LMSW
Director of Community-Based Peer Support and Counseling at Lifeworks

To better serve transition-age youth with complex trauma histories, LifeWorks has launched a SAMHSA-funded program called Community-Based Peer Support and Counseling (CBPSC).  This program utilizes Peer Support Staff to connect with youth who have been hard to reach through traditional counseling.  Peer Supporters engage the youth through their shared lived experiences and meet them quite literally "where they are", by meeting them in the community.  We go to their schools, community centers, homes, coffee shops, or wherever they prefer to meet.  Once they have built some trust, youth are introduced to a counselor who offers Community-Based Counseling that can be short-term or longer-term as needed.  Any youth aged 16-21 with a history of trauma or abuse is eligible and services are free.  CBPSC began services  with youth living in LifeWorks' various housing programs, as well as some street-dependent youth.  Soon after, we began taking referrals from some of the local high schools.  In May, we will begin providing services through the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center at Huston-Tillotson and other targeted locations.

Click here to read full article.  

M ay is  Mental Health Month!

Every May, the Children's Partnership sponsors events across Austin to promote mental health awareness for Mental Health Month. The kick-off event will take place on March 5th, 2017. It will start at 9 AM at the Texas State Capitol. At 10 AM, attendees will march one mile to Woolridge Square Park where there will be a resource fair with fun activities.  In addition, the Children's Partnership will be distributing green ribbons and mental health fact cards to help raise awareness.

Timeline of Events:
  • Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Activity Night - TBD
  • 5/2/17 at 9 AM - Travis County Resolution at Travis County Commissioner's Court
  • 5/3/17, 6:30-9:30 PM - ACGC Trivia night at Cap City Comedy Club
  • 5/4/17 at 5 PM - City of Austin Proclamation at Austin City Hall
  • 5/6/17 - Children's Mental Health Awareness Kickoff Event at Texas State Capitol
Next TICC Meeting

Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Friday, May 5th, 2017
9 am - 10:30 am 
CASA of Travis County
7701 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

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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
Any Baby Can - Jenny Baldwin
Armstrong Community Music School - Margaret Perry, Sarah Beth Gooding
Asian Family Support Services of Austin - Doan Phan
Austin Achieve Public Schools - Kali Fagnant, Ashcon Habibi
Austin Child Guidance Center - Seanna Crosbie, Stephen Kolar, Andrea Ciceri, Becky Morales, Sara Walters
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
Cardea- Lori Pelliccia, Lisa Schergen
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
Center for Survivors of Torture- Russ Adams, Sally Daguer
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, Lauren Bledsoe
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, Camille Clark
Lone Star Circle of Care- Ashley Carroll, Rebecca Richardson
Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project- Glenaan O'Neil, Seve Kale
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
Round Rock ISD- Marcie McEachin, Annwen Stewart
SAFE Alliance - Abigail Sharp
SafePlace, a partner agency of SAFE - Barbara Ball, Linda Herbert
Sage Recovery & Wellness Center - Sapna Aggarwal, Angela Bowers
Samaritan Center - Gretchen Johnson Rees, Carlos Rivera
Seedling Foundation - Shira Ledman, Falba Turner
Seton Healthcare Family - Angela Nguyen, Valerie Rosen
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 - Joelynn Avendano
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
Jessica McKay
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, 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