Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

   January 2018 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Next TICC Meeting
Featured Article- Recap: Building Bright Futures: A Policy Summit on Supporting Healthy Moms, Babies and Childhood Development
Featured TICC Member Initiative- New Task Force to Examine Child Crisis Response in Travis County
Featured Book- Introducing the Practice of Self-Compassion to Children
TICC Members

Spotlight on Psychiatric Emergency Services

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)  is a walk-in urgent care clinic for children and adult experiencing a mental health crisis.  On January 14, 2018, PES moved to the   Richard E. Hopkins Behavioral Health Building 1165 Airport Blvd., Second Floor, Austin, TX 78702.  This new location has separate waiting rooms for children and adults and is on 3 bus routes.  PES is open Mon.-Fr. 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.,
Sat, Sun. and Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Upcoming Trainings
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Maintaining Black Mental Health in the Current Sociopolitical Climate




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The Trauma-Informed Care Consortium is funded by:

St. David's Foundation
TICC Announcements

Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Lunch will be provided
Upbring:  8305 Cross Park Drive, Austin, TX 78754
Featured Training
Race-Based Trauma: The Missing Piece of the Trauma Conversation

Child welfare advocates, therapists, teachers, and others who work with children and families across the nation have engaged in the trauma informed care conversation for numerous years yet there has been a missing aspect of the conversation, race-based trauma. What prevents advocates from engaging in this aspect of the conversation? What is race-based trauma? Can we effectively engage families if we are not prepared to deal with the whole person? This workshop will lead participants in a discussion about race-based trauma, the impact on family engagement, and the importance of acknowledging this often ignored type of trauma.

Monday, February 26, 2018
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Center for Child Protection
8509 FM 969, Building 1, Austin, TX 78724

This training is full, but if you would like to add your name to wait list please email
Save the Date

2017 Organizational Readiness Survey
February 1, 2018

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. This survey will assess your organization's trauma-informed care initiative for all of 2017. 

In order to prepare to complete the survey, please select one person from your central Texas organization, agency, or school to complete the survey. 

Be on the lookout for the survey to be sent next week on Thursday, February 1.
Featured Article


Recap: Building Bright Futures:  A Policy Summit on Supporting Healthy Moms, Babies, and Childhood Development 


On December 6, 2017, Texans Care for Children hosted a daylong event, Building Bright Futures: A Policy Summit on Supporting Healthy Moms, Babies, and Childhood Development in Austin, Texas. The summit, sponsored by the St. David's Foundation, brought together nearly 100 health practitioners, early educators, policy leaders, philanthropists, business leaders, and other Texans who advocate for strong early childhood systems. Panelists and attendees explored emerging challenges and innovative, effecti
ve ways to support maternal health, postpartum care, infant health, and early childhood development.
The first panel of experts discussed how childhood trauma impacts children and communities. Panelists shared innovative trauma-informed practices that are being implement in child care programs and schools across Texas. Seanna Crosbie -- Director of Program & Trauma-Informed Services at Austin Child Guidance Center and Chair of Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas (TICC) -- offered insights and lessons learned from ACGC's Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Project (IEC). Through this project, ACGC uses the Second Step Program to promote the social and emotional health of children in order to build resiliency and they educate and provide guidance to childcare staff and parents on infant and childhood development.

To access the remainder of the article, click here.
Featured TICC Member Initiative
New Task Force to Examine Child Crisis Response in Travis County
A new Children's Mental Health Crisis Services Task Force is considering how we can improve mental health crisis services for children in our community.  The Task Force, co-chaired by Sheriff Sally Hernandez and Emmitt Hayes, includes educators, law enforcement, child-serving agencies, mental health providers and health providers. The Task Force, will work over the next 9 months to develop its recommendations.
Featured Book
Introducing the Practice of Self-Compassion to Children
Gabi Garcia, LPC
In today's hypercompetitive achievement oriented world, children often internalize the message that their worth is attached to their accomplishments and that messing up or falling short is something to be ashamed of, rather than simply a normal part of life. This can lead to critical self-talk, and to children thinking they are not good enough.

I was inspired to write Listening with My Heart because I have experienced firsthand the gift of self-compassion, because as a counselor working in the schools I see the pressures that children are under and their struggles with issues around self-worth, and because I saw that self-compassion was often missing from what we teach children. I believe giving children tools to help them learn to be friends to themselves is vital. It is my hope that Listening with My Heart can be a part of that process and that self-compassion, like mindfulness, will become a practice that we teach our children at home, school and our therapy offices.

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TICC  Members 
Seanna Crosbie
Austin Child Guidance Center
Renee Calder Price
Organizational Members
A World For Children - Keri Cooper, Megan Light
Any Baby Can - Jenny Baldwin, Dyann Avila
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, Earley Ullrich, 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 - 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 - Katie Martin
Cardea- Lori Pelliccia, Vanessa Sarria
Care Options For Kids - Kevin Worwood
CASA of Travis Co.  - Brooke Hathaway, Stephanie Weiss
Casey Family Programs - Michael Martinez, Erin Foley
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
Child Inc.- Jerica Owukori-Dykes, Adriana Vasquez
Communities for Recovery - 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 - Aaron Oeser
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 - Amanda Johnson
Greater San Marcos Youth Council - Julia Ramsay New, Nena Meadows
Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt, Charalotte Crary
Integral Care - Bridget Speer
Kids in a New Groove - Carmen Gattis, Charlene Warnock
KIPP Austin Collegiate High School - Natalie Riggins
LifeWorks - Rob Thurlow, Camille Clark
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas- Adam Benden, Ashlee Kraus
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 - Johanna Cresswell Baez, Hillary England
Spirit Reins - Rhonda Smith
Superior Healthplan- Karen Rogers, Lorraine Martinez
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
Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3- Judge Susan Steeg, Michael Gallardo
United Way for Greater Austin - Joelynn Avendano
University of Texas - University Charter School - Nicole Whetstone, Melissa Chavez
Upbring - Stacie Campbell
Williamson County Juvenile Services - Lynn Kessel
Workforce Solutions Child Care Services- Michelle Crawford, Susan Helfeld
YWCA Greater Austin - Laura Gomez-Horton, Maya Amos
Newsletter Committee
Earley Ullrich - 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