Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium 
Central Texas
"Building a Community of Care  for Children, Families and Providers"
August 2016
Table of Contents
Agency Spotlight: ACEs Connection Network
Trauma Conference Call for Presenters
ATCIC to Participate in Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community
Child Maltreating Mapping Summit
Featured Article: Foster Care Capacity Crisis
Featured Article: Adventure Therapy
Next TICC Meeting
TICC Members

Spotlight on 
ACEs Connection Network

The ACEs Connection Network* is comprised of the action-based social network, ACEs, and the public news site, Its goal is to  accelerate the movement to reduce trauma and build resilience. 
The network supports the work of those who recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and seek to reform communities and institutions-from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches-in order to promote healing and develop resilience.
It achieves this by creating a safe place and a trusted source where members (10,000 +) share information, explore resources and access tools that help them work together.  There are also stories about the people doing this work. is also the place for groups on that concentrate on specific interest areas such as education, juvenile justice, and social services. 
By joining ACEs, you'll connect more effectively with many of the people and organizations in the state of Texas that are doing great work.  In the spirit of the 2017 TICC trauma conference, get an early start on breaking down silos and promoting cross-discipline by becoming a member of
*With generous support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Foundation
Upcoming Trainings
*Please check our website ( for on-going updates and additions to our trainings calendar!



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Call for Presenters
Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas

Featuring Keynote Speaker

May 11 - 12, 2017
AT&T Conference Center 
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

It is our hope that breakout session presenters will provide an array of expertise on trauma informed systems of care that speak to the varied audience of this conference. Each breakout session will be 
75 minutes long  and will take place on 
Friday, May 12, 2017 . Please complete the following document and return to Seanna Crosbie ( no later than 5pm on August 31, 2016.
If selected, up to two presenters for each breakout session will attend the conference at no cost. 

Community Initiatives
Austin Travis County Integral Care
 Selected for the 2016 Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community

ATCIC Communications Team with Molly Dreckman

"Through this initiative, Integral Care will enhance our knowledge of the impact of trauma people experience in order to promote organizational change that will improve how we deliver care," David Evans, Integral Care CEO.
Austin Travis County Integral Care was selected to participate in the National Council's 2016 Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community. The learning community focuses on helping organizations strengthen their capacity to provide services that are easily accessible, person-centered, competently delivered, culturally respectful and consistent with recovery oriented principles, shared decision-making and self-direction. A key aspect of the training is working with organizations to strengthen ways to provide safe and secure physical and social environments for the people that they serve. Integral Care joins more than 150 other organizations across the country that have participated in this opportunity since 2011.
Click here to learn more about the Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community.
Child Maltreating Mapping Summit

Sarah Duvinski, MPH, SBA
Dell Children's Trauma and Injury Research Center

On July 14 th , Dell Children's Trauma and Injury Research Center and Children's Optimal Health hosted a community summit,  Thinking upstream: Mapping a pathway to end child maltreatment , to share the maps and inspire community-based solutions to the problem of child maltreatment in Travis County.  Keynote Speaker, Dr. Heather Larkin, began the day by sharing her work with the HEARTS Initiative . The maps were shared publicly for the first time with an audience of local community leaders.  A speaker's panel featured four local groups exemplifying upstream, cross-sector child maltreatment prevention : Foundation Communities Expect Respect® A Program of SAFE , Capital Idea , and the Trauma Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas Local community leaders, through a series of Guided Conversations, worked together to establish action and policy steps for our community. The impressive turnout of community leaders from all around Travis County and beyond was a testament to the passion and commitment to ending child maltreatment in our community.

Four key findings of the mapping project:
  • Child maltreatment in Travis County follows an "East Austin Crescent" pattern
  • Over time, the "East Austin Crescent" appears to be expanding into peripheral areas of the county resulting in a larger risk area of child maltreatment.
  • "East Austin Crescent" pattern of child maltreatment corresponds with the following factors in our community: poverty, lack of educational opportunity, community violence, family/dating violence, student overweight/obesity, and other factors.
  • There is an inequitable distribution of mental health and substance use services in our community. Mental health and substance use services are primarily located on the West side of I-35 while the areas with the highest densities of child maltreatment and children removed due to child maltreatment are located on the East side of I-35.
These findings demonstrate that child maltreatment is a community problem. They also provide an important opportunity to strengthen and promote equality in the neighborhoods hardest hit by child maltreatment in Travis County.   When child maltreatment is prevented, quality of life improves for everyone.

Stay tuned this fall for the online release of the summit mapping report. The report will include project maps, key findings, and recommended action and policy steps to end child maltreatment in Travis County developed by summit participants from our community.  Researchers from the Dell Children's Trauma and Injury Research Center will continue and expand this important line of research for the Travis County community and beyond. 
Featured Articles
Foster Care Capacity Crisis

Renee Calder Price, BS, LPCAA
Director of Child Welfare Services, 
Depelchin Children's Center

With more than 16,000 children currently in foster care in the state of Texas, there is a great need for not only more foster families, but also increased awareness of trauma-informed care for these children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. Depelchin Children's Center and many other child-placing agencies are finding themselves in the sad situation, at times, of having to turn away children we because we do not have the right foster home for them. We need foster parents willing to open up their hearts and homes to babies, teens, sibling groups, and more. 

An essential part of the long-term success for children coming into CPS case is providing their foster parents with the support they need to provide a home environment that addresses the attachment and trauma-related issues arising from abuse and neglect. Such issues, when unresolved, frequently result in difficulty that preclude success in school and other social settings and can impact a child long-term. Depelchin's goal is to improve the well-being of children in the community by finding loving foster families and equipping them with the necessary skills to care for abused and neglected children. 

Find out more about becoming a Depelchin Foster Parent at 

Click here to find a CPS Information meeting near you to visit with staff from CPS, Depelchin and other private agencies about how you can get help. 
An Alternative Treatment: 
Using Adventure Therapy 
to Move Through Homelessness

Annette Pelletier, LMSW
Child & Family Therapist, The Salvation Army

The mental health needs of women and children experiencing homelessness are not only complex, but often not adequately met due to a high prevalence of mistrust for mental health professionals.

A majority of women and children experiencing homelessness have experienced complex trauma, are in distress and suffer from untreated mental health illness. Cumulative stressors such as high rates of exposure to physical and sexual abuse, substance and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, family destabilization, chronic medical conditions and untreated emotional disturbance plagues those experiencing homelessness. Homeless children are often exposed to high rates of violence and are more likely to have excessive school absences than their housed peers, which compromise their academic achievement as well as their school adjustment and level of self-esteem (Masten, et al., 1993). All of which are critical components to becoming successful and well-adjusted adults.


Adventure therapy is an innovative intervention which engages clients who are often averse to traditional talk therapy. It is the prescriptive use of adventure activities by mental health professionals to kinesthetically engage clients on affective, behavioral, and cognitive levels. Adventure therapy integrates traditional therapeutic practices, yet differs in that it focuses on the environment and the use of eustress to create a novel experience for change (Gass, et al., 2012). Activities such as hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and camping all provide an opportunity for clients to have fun, become connected with nature, and work toward making positive change in their lives.

Click here for full article and references


TICC Training Opportunity

Interested in learning more about adventure therapy? Register Now for the Trauma-Informed Adventure Therapy Training on September 26th from 10 AM-12 PM at Austin Travis County Integral Care. 

Questions? Please email 
Next TICC Meeting
Friday, August 12, 2016
9 am - 10:30 am 
Austin Children's Shelter - 4800 Manor Road 
(check-in at building A and meeting is in building B) 

Please RSVP to Katie: 
Seanna Crosbie
Austin Child Guidance Center
Renee Calder Price
DePelchin Children's Center
Organizational Members
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, Katie Mitten
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
Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt
Kids in a New Groove - Laura Wood, Karyn Scott
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
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, Annette Pelletier, Jessica McKay, Michelle Spikes, Karina Garcia, Christinia Kuehn, 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
Katie Mitten - 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, Katie Mitten