Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

December 2016 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Agency Spotlight: Kids in a New Groove
Register Now for 2017 Trauma Conference
Featured Article: The Importance of Reflective Parenting
Featured Article: How do you Prevent ACEs in Central Texas?
Featured Community Initiative: Travis County Collaborative for Children
Featured Community Initiative: Child Maltreating Mapping Report Now Available
Next TICC Meeting
TICC Members
  TICC Agency Spotlight
Kids in a New Groove
Kids in a New Groove provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to be self-confident, grow positive emotional and intellectual skills, and obtain the tools necessary for a sustainable future.
Our primary program, "Mentoring through Music," pairs students with mentors who follow them throughout their placements, providing a trusting and consistent relationship. Students are given an instrument of their choice upon entering the program, and have the opportunity to earn a brand new instrument of their own, as well as a variety of other rewards, as they achieve program goals. "Mentoring through Music" has built-in goal setting opportunities for students - including a recital and workshops - to help them grow in musicality, as well as empowering them to overcome challenges and become more achievement-oriented.
Our program differs from others that reach out to youth in foster care because of our long-term commitment to their growth and success. To better serve our students, mentors are trained prior to being matched, and receive continuing education focusing on trauma-informed care. KING's vision is that youth in foster care will have the tools and support they need to be successful when they transition out of foster care.
To enroll a student in our program, please visit our website at

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Last Chance for Early Bird Rate!
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 before January 1st
for early bird rate

Early bird rate of $375 per person is available until 12/31/16 or until all 250 Early Bird Tickets are sold, whichever comes first.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Featured Articles
The Importance of Reflective Parenting

Tina Adkins, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

One of the ways to significantly impact the mental health and development of children is to ensure their caregivers have the traits that generate secure attachment in children.  It has been well researched that children who have insecure attachment have poor well-being outcomes as they age, including higher risk of mental health issues, behavior problems, poor relationships and issues with substance abuse.  Additionally, children with insecure attachment often have parents who have an equivalent "insecure attachment" designation on the Adult Attachment Interview.  It has become quite clear that attachment (much like trauma) is intergenerational, transmitted from parent to child. 

Modern attachment research has been trying to discover HOW parents transmit that attachment security to their children. Clinical researchers at the Anna Freud Centre in London have been working on this exact question for a number of years.  They have found some solid evidence that it is a parent's ability to be reflective with their children, their ability to mentalize, which plays a huge factor in transmitting this attachment from parent to child.  Mentalization involves the ability to look inside the mind of another (while simultaneously looking inside your own mind) and understanding behavior in relation to mental states such as thoughts, feelings, desires etc.  It is the skill of being able to see yourself from the outside and your children from the inside, and is an essential component of being a sensitive, therapeutic foster or adoptive parent.

By supporting parents' ability for reflective parenting and mentalization, they are gaining the ability to not only regulate themselves, but also regulate the emotions and behavior of their children.  Foster children, in particular, can significantly benefit from learning to recognize and reflect on their feelings in a more conscious and regulated way.  Teaching foster/adoptive parents about this helps them understand their foster children and their behaviors better, and helps them interact with them in a more sensitive and reflective manner.

Recently, a short-term psycho-education intervention for parents was implemented with foster parents in central Texas.  The Family Minds program was found to have a significant positive impact on parents' mentalizing skills as well as lowering parenting stress.  If you are interested in the Family Minds intervention, please contact

How do you Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Central Texas?

Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW
University of Texas School of Social Work

The attention to Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs is growing in the news, but what exactly are ACEs? The CDC-Kaiser ACE study, a retrospective, large-scale study of how adverse childhood experiences are related to adult health outcomes has changed our basic understanding of how the earliest stressful experiences in our lives can shape us into the adults we become later in life. ACEs include childhood abuse and neglect, as well as, household dysfunction like parental substance use, mental illness, domestic violence and parental loss. These experiences have been strongly linked to negative health behaviors such as smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, lack of physical activity, and even missed work. Obesity, suicide, heart disease, and cancer are also linked to possible risk outcomes. It has also been shown that there is a dose-response relationship between these outcomes and ACEs, meaning the more ACEs a child experiences the more likely they be at risk for negative health outcomes later on in life.

To read full article, click below:

Featured Community Initiatives
TICC Organizational Readiness Survey - Deadline Extended!

The purpose of the Trauma-Informed Organizational Readiness Survey is to assess the continuum of trauma-informed care in the community. Whether your agency is trauma-informed, wants to be trauma-informed, or even if it is outside the mission of the work that is provided, your input is invaluable. 

Please select one person from your organization, agency, or school to complete the survey. 

Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey.

Please complete by Thursday, December 22nd.
Travis County Collaborative for Children - Now Accepting Applications!

The Travis County Collaborative for Children (TCCC) is now accepting applications for partner organizations. The TCCC is a network of partner organizations that have joined forces to significantly improve the outcomes of children in the foster care system in Central Texas.
Benefits of Becoming a Partner
As a partner in the collaborative, an organization has access to a number of benefits in including:
  • Collaboration between organizations at the leadership and front-line staff levels
  •   Access to and scholarships for TBRIĀ® training, coaching and support
  •  Influence in promoting trauma informed public policy
  • Support in increasing the number of families who are equipped to successfully foster and/or adopt
  •  Increased ability to help children heal and achieve positive permanency.
The online application is available at:
Partner applications will be considered at standing TCCC Steering Committee meetings in December, February, April, June and September. Organizations interested in participating in the 2017 TBRI Practitioner Training in Austin must complete the application by November 15, 2016.
Child Maltreating Mapping Report
Now Available

In our August newsletter, Sarah Duvinski, MPH, SBA, of the Dell Children's Trauma Trauma and Injury Research Center outlined the results of the Child Maltreating Mapping Project that were shared at a community summit. Now, the report is available at the following link:

The report includes mapped confirmed child maltreatment cases from 2002 through 2013, as well as implications and community recommendations. 
Next TICC Meeting
Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
9 am - 10:30 am 
The Center for Child Protection
8509 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724

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, 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
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
Lone Star Circle of Care- Ashley Carroll, Rebecca Richardson
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
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, 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