Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

            June 2017 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Featured Training: TNOYS' Annual Conference
Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference Recap
Featured Article: Guiding Children to "Listen" to Their Bodies
TICC Member Initiative: Legislative Recap
Next TICC Meeting
TICC Members
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Featured Training
Register Now for 
TNOYS' Annual Conference

TNOYS' annual conference features cutting-edge content for providers, administrators, academics, community members, and others in the youth services field. 
Join us at TNOYS' annual conference in Houston, TX
June 28-30 for the opportunity to:

*  attend over 30 engaging workshops
* hear from four inspiring keynote speakers
* earn over 15 hours of professional CEUs
* network with others in the youth services field
* learn alongside foster care youth and families in a special conference track
Get the latest information from leading experts on topics such as trauma-informed care, youth engagement, building organizational capacity, navigating regulations, and more.

Quotes from 2016 conference attendees:

"The perfect balance of head and heart"
"TNOYS has such a welcoming staff"
"Probably one of the most powerful, relevant, inspirational, and motivating keynotes I've heard"
"The best part of my day has been learning from and alongside youth participants"

Click here for the full program and registration!

Trauma Conference Success!

On May 11th & 12th, Austin Child Guidance Center welcomed nearly 500 attendees to 2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas at the AT&T Conference Center.  Premier trauma educator and author, Dr. Dan Siegel, presented on Interpersonal Neurobiology and Mindfulness. Dr. Siegel commented, "Austin Child Guidance Center is at the forefront of trauma-informed care, and is a trailblazer in central Texas through creating awareness, convening the community, and training child-serving institutions about trauma and its effects."
In addition to Dr. Siegel's presentation, breakout sessions focused on topics including sensory integration, teacher-child interaction therapy, nurtured heart approach, and working with children experiencing complex grief and loss.  Attendees of the conference reported:
"High intellectual content, opportunities to network with others in the field" 
"I liked how smart + passionate all of the presenters were. I also liked how organized the conference was + ability to choose areas of interest" 
"Excellent presentations, variety of workshop options which added a different layer to understanding of trauma and healing" 
"As a teacher I most enjoyed the application ideas and examples. Being knowledge about trauma helps build empathy and understanding for me with my own students and I hope to share this with other teachers and the kids themselves" 
"Some of the best breakout sessions I've ever been to" 

Austin Child Guidance Center will host the next Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference in 2019! Stay tuned for more details.
Featured Article
Guiding Children to "Listen" to Their Bodies

Gabi Garcia, LPC
Mental Health Specialist, AISD

Helping children to slow down and develop mindful awareness of what their bodies are telling them is a foundation for building self- regulation. Simply put, self-regulation is the process of monitoring and recognizing when arousal is too much and then doing something about it. However, this is not always a simple or straightforward process, and for children who have experienced trauma, this becomes even more challenging. They may be doing something in response to the arousal, but it may not be helping them to get their needs met.
A hungry child may be cranky or grumpy, a tired child may become squirmy and unfocused, a nervous child may feel their belly tighten or have shortness of breath. In some cases, children can become overwhelmed and dysregulated by the sensations they are experiencing, without understanding or knowing what is happening, or what to do. As the responsive parent, teacher, or caregiver, you may be the one to notice what is happening first, and then proceed to help them figure out what they need and help them get a better understanding of what they experienced. This external regulation process, which requires attunement on the part of the adult, helps to strengthen the relationship between the child and adult. From there, you can guide children so they can learn to move through this process on their own.

Click here to read full article. 

To learn more about Gabi's mindfulness book for children, Listening to My Body , and to access free downloadable resources to use with your child, visit 

TICC Member Initiatives
Kids & The Capitol: 
A Legislative Recap 

Join Texans Care for Children on Tuesday, June 27th for a look back at the 2017 legislative session.  We'll review what state legislators accomplished for Texas children, what they got wrong, and what unfinished business remains. 

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Texas Hospital Association
1108 Lavaca St. #700, Austin, TX 78701

Box lunch will be provided. To RSVP or for questions, contact Katie Mitten at

Next TICC Meeting

Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Friday, August 4th, 2017
9 am - 10:30 am 
Location TBD
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, 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
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 - 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 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 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 Committee
Becky Morales - Committee 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