Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

     August 2017 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Featured Article: Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Environment
Featured TICC Member Initiative: Trauma-Informed Care in AISD
Featured TICC Member Initiative: New Asset Mapping Project
Youth Transition WorkGroup Meeting
Next TICC Meeting
TICC Members

TICC Agency Spotlight:

Seton is excited to announce a new Intensive Outpatient  P rogram,  The Restore Program , for the treatment of PTSD. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is the primary treatment modality and is an evidenced based, time limited treatment which focuses on examining thoughts and challenging beliefs about trauma. Other components of the program include Trauma-Sensitive Yoga which helps one regain control of their own body and fight or flight response to triggers, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which provides tools to cope with and tolerate difficult emotions, and Resilience training and community outings which help renew one's ability to discover positive changes after trauma and feel comfortable in the world again. The Restore Program is held at Seton Behavioral Health at 5407 Clay Avenue in Austin. It is a 6 week program, meets 3 hours a day, four days a week from 9am to noon and is for patients age 18 and above.

If you are interested in referring a patient, going for an intake evaluation, or for more information, please call (512) 324-2039.
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Featured Article
Creating a Trauma-Sensitive 
Classroom Environment

With the start of a new school year, it is vital that teachers and other educators are aware of both the symptoms of posttraumatic stress as well as ways to create trauma-sensitive classrooms and schools.  Signs of posttraumatic stress in children and adolescents tend to vary based on age, development, and other factors. Some common red flags include:
  • Difficulty forming relationships with adults, including teachers
  • Poor self-regulation
  • Impaired attention and concentration
  • Hypervigilance (startling easily and being overly jumpy)
  • Somatic symptoms (headaches and stomachaches)
One step that educators can take is to create a school and classroom environment that is safe and welcoming for all children. See below for a useful infographic from Echo Parenting on how to create a trauma-informed classroom for students:

Click here for a child trauma toolkit for educators from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. 
Featured TICC Member Initiatives
Trauma-Informed Care in 

Teri Wood, Ph.D., NBCT, and Mary Beer, LCSW

In 2015, Austin ISD (AISD) introduced Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) as a model of trauma-informed care to district employees. "TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection." (Retrieved from on August 3, 2017)
In an effort to meet the increasing demand for TBRI® training, trainers from the Child Study Systems, which is housed in the Social and Emotional Learning Department in AISD, seek to provide workshops of various lengths to meet campus needs. To date, 22 campuses and five district support departments have been trained in TBRI®.  In addition, this year TBRI® was part of the required training for every pre-k teacher in the district. The response from the trainings has been overwhelmingly positive.  A survey of participants was conducted after the first year of training, which yielded the following results:
  • 93% agreed that TBRI® helped them gain a better understanding of how trauma affects childhood development
  • 97% think the training would benefit other school professionals and parents
  • 82% agreed they interact with their students differently as a result of the TBRI® training.
  • "When I am feeling frustrated with a child's behavior, it helps me to stop and think about what they are going through, talk to them about the circumstances that have made school difficult at this time, and let them know that there are people here they can go to when they are struggling with their home situation." (Elementary teacher)
  • "While observing a student who was totally emotionally dysregulated, I was able to use some of the connecting principles to help him come back into his body, ground himself and become more regulated before moving to the correcting principles. He was able to reengage much quicker than he would have been before using these principles. (Elementary counselor)
 Click here to read full article.
New Asset Mapping Project

St. David's Foundation has provided funds for The Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing (TICFW) to develop an asset map to explore efforts in Travis County for preventing adverse childhood experiences and building resilience both in individuals and in the community.

To guide this process, TICFW has developed a "Foundations to Thrive" framework that explores assets and gaps in universal, secondary and targeted approaches across the following sectors: Health, mental health, education, basic needs, neighborhood climate and the built environment.

Click here to learn more. 
TICC Announcements

Youth Transition 
Friday, August 18, 2017
12- 1:30 p.m.
835 N. Pleasant Valley, Austin, TX 78702

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Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Friday, November 3rd, 2017
9-10:30 a.m.
Integral Care
5015 S. IH35, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78744
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 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, Vanessa Sarria
Care Options For Kids - Kevin Schoenberge r,  Kevin Worwood
CASA of Travis Co.  - Brooke Hathaway, 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 - 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
Family Service Association - Ron Flores
Georgetown Independent School District- Jennifer Ashman-Porter, Laura Roberton
Georgetown Psychological Services, PLLC - Jo Vendl, Amanda Johnson
Greater San Marcos Youth Council - Julia Ramsay New, Nena Meadows
Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt
Integral Care - Bridget Speer, Melissa Acosta
Kids in a New Groove - Carmen Gattis, Charlene Warnock
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 - Falba Turner
Seton Healthcare Family - Angela Nguyen, Valerie Rosen
Southwest Key Programs - Alfonso Bermea, Hillary England
Spirit Reins - Rhonda Smith, Rebecca Hubbard
Superior Healthplan- Karen Rogers, Lorraine Martinez
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 Sauer, 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 - Committee Liaison
Samantha Haynes, Kevin Schoenberger, Kevin Worwood, Raul Alvarez, Carlos Soto, Natalie Riggins, Kay Mailander, Erica Schmidt, Sapna Aggarwal,  Candace Aylor
Trauma Screening Committee
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