Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium 
Central Texas
"Building a Community of Care  for Children, Families and Providers"
June 2016
Table of Contents
Agency Spotlight: Sage Recovery Austin
Save the Date: 2017 Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas
Trauma-Informed Sex Education
Treating Trauma with Chinese Medicine
Featured Community Initiative: The Manor Collaborative for Safe and Health Relationships
Next TICC Meeting
TICC Members
Spotlight on 
Sage Recovery

Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center specializing in both mental health and substance use. We work with clients to treat them holistically. This includes weaving trauma-informed care into every facet of the program.

We are known for our comprehensive no-cost assessments, individual psychotherapy, and multiple Intensive Outpatient Programs. We currently have five IOPs for specifically targeted issues, both for Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health needs only, as well as a DBT group for Dual Diagnosis and a Mental Health group for adolescents with heavy family involvement.

We also offer other complementary services weekly, such as Yoga Therapy, Acu Detox, Qigong, and psychotherapy and skills-based groups. We recently hired a new therapist, Molly Simpson, LCSW, LCDC, who is trained in EMDR.

To learn more, click here.
Upcoming Trainings
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Save the Date:  2016 Partners in Prevention Conference 
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The Trauma-Informed Care Consortium is funded by:

St. David's Foundation
Save the Date
Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas

Featuring Keynote Speaker

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

Clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Executive Director of the   Mindsight Institute and author of several  New York Times  bestsellers including  The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind , and  Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain .
Featured Articles
From Abstinence-Only to Trauma-Informed Only: 
The Important Shift in Sex Ed

Mandy Ackerman, LMSW, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator, EngenderHealth

More than one in four children in the United States have experienced a traumatic event before they turn 4. [i] This staggering statistic sheds light on the necessity for trauma-informed services across the board. The beauty of trauma-informed approaches is that they can be (and should be) applied to nearly everything: how to structure systems and organizations, how to provide counseling or support, how to interact with one another,
and especially how to interact with youth in the classroom.  
One way to apply trauma-informed approaches in the classroom is by providing trauma-sensitive sexual health education. With estimated rates of youths' exposure to sexual abuse as high as 43%, it is imperative that sexual health education programs and facilitators be sensitive to trauma and empowering to survivors. This requires the removal of all shaming and fear-inducing programmatic language, an archaic and ineffective strategy previously used to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy . [ii]
EngenderHealth's U.S. Programs office, located in Austin, focuses on promoting adolescent well-being by developing and delivering comprehensive sexual health and healthy relationship education steeped in youth empowerment principles. Our two youth sexual health programs, Gender Matters and Re:MIX, both integrate trauma approaches into their programmatic frameworks in the following ways:  
  • Provide training on trauma-provide ongoing training to all of our sexual health educators and to our partners seeking to incorporate trauma-informed practices into their own work on the impact of trauma, and how to foster warm, nonjudgmental, empathic, and genuine environments in the classroom. 
  • Establish group agreements-create group agreements with youth at the onset of each class and reference them throughout the program to set up the foundation of physical and emotional safety for all program activities. 
  • Incorporate trauma sensitive language-write trauma sensitivity into our own curricula and help our partner organizations incorporate trauma-informed principles into their programming, so that it is non-shaming and reminds participants that even though the goal of the program is to provide important health information to enable youth to lead healthy lives, not everyone has had positive experiences in the past. 
  • Integrate a sex positive approach-integrate sex positivity with trauma sensitivity to help youth recognize the benefits of healthy relationships and sexual interactions while empowering them to make their own decisions.
  • Address trauma-allow participants to step out or talk to a trusted adult when they are feeling uncomfortable or upset during class and to normalize feelings regarding past experiences.
  • Connect to youth-friendly resources-provide youth with additional resources, whether in school or within the community, that have been vetted to deliver services with youths' needs at the forefront. 
Trauma-informed sex education has quickly become the gold standard in the field of adolescent health. Many federal funding sources now require all new sexual health programs be trauma-informed, and older programs need to be adapted to meet these updated standards.
Inevitably, youth who receive medically accurate sex education delivered in a sensitive and nonjudgmental manner are better equipped to not only understand and address their trauma, but also begin to break the cycle of trauma in all areas of their life.
For more information on EngenderHealth, please visit  

[i] National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention. 2012.  Childhood trauma and its effect on healthy development . Washington, DC.  Retrieved from: 
[ii] American Psychological Association. 2016. Children and Trauma. Washington, DC. 
Treating Trauma with 
Chinese Medicine

Kim Layne, LAc
Director of Integrative Medicine, Samaritan Center

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient healing system that includes acupuncture, herbal remedies, bodywork, Tai chi and Qi Gong. Based on a holistic approach that views the body, mind and spirit as an integrated whole, the primary objective of Chinese medicinal therapeutic interventions is to remove the cause of disease by restoring an internal state of balance and harmony.
The concept of emotional upset or imbalance as a cause of physical ailments - and vice versa - is fundamental to the Chinese medicine paradigm. Emotions such as anger, worry, grief and fear can become causes of physical disease when they are enduring or very intense (Maciocia, 2005). Shock is said to affect the heart and "scatter" the vital energy (Qi) of the body.
As a Licensed Acupuncturist and the Director of Integrative Medicine in a counseling center with a program for military service members, veterans and their families, I have treated countless individuals diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have learned that traumatic stress is not only a psychological phenomenon, but also a broader chaotic state of imbalance impacting mind, body and spirit.
Chinese medicine's holistic approach makes it uniquely suited for the treatment of individuals suffering from the spectrum of mental and physical symptoms associated with traumatic stress. Acupuncture - perhaps the most-researched modality of Chinese medicine - involves the insertion of thin, solid, sterile needles into specific points to balance the body's energy. Research into the efficacy of acupuncture and its mechanisms of action is yielding encouraging results, specifically for the treatment of traumatic stress-related issues.
To read full article, click here
Featured Community Initiative
The Manor Collaborative for 
Safe and Healthy Relationships

Barbara Ball, PhD
Expect Respect Director of Evaluation and Training

The  Manor Collaborative for Safe and Healthy Relationships provides trauma-informed services for children and teens exposed to violence; engages students and parents in culturally specific prevention activities; works with the schools, the county, law enforcement, youth serving organizations and mental health service providers to create safe and responsive environments; and promotes awareness in the community. This project is led by Expect Respect, a program of SAFE and funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Our partners include Manor ISD, Strong Start, the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, Con Mi MADRE, Travis County Sheriff's Office, Travis County Office for Children's Services and the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Taskforce. 
In the 2015-16 school year, nearly 300 students from Pre K through 12 th grade participated in school-based counseling and support groups and 150 students and 100 parents and mentors joined in educational workshops.  Girls' Athletic Director, Jennifer Pillich, engaged students in a  Female Empowerment Workshop which culminated in the production of a powerful PSA.  She was also the recipient of the  Young Hearts Matter! Advocate of the Year Award presented by the Texas Council on Family Violence.  Throughout the school year, school personnel participated in trainings on responding to incidents of bullying, harassment and dating violence on campus and increased their capacity for trauma-informed and effective responses.  Monthly meetings have fostered close relationships among members of the Manor Collaborative and other stakeholders.  Together we have improved and expanded services for vulnerable students. In the coming school year, we will work with teachers to further create welcoming, safe and trauma-informed environment for all students.

Students play an important role in shaping campus climate. Their voices and creativity are central in our Summer Youth Leadership Academy, a collaboration with the City of Austin/ Travis County Summer Work-based Learning Program. Beginning in June, 2016, 15 Manor high school students will work with Expect Respect counselors to learn how to be advocates and educate their peers about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Their work will be featured throughout the coming year to encourage students to speak out and stop abuse and harassment. 
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 - Becky Morales, 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 Shelter for Women and Children - Annette Pelletier, Stacy Schwarz
Austin Travis County Integral Care - Bridget Speer, Melissa Acosta
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
Family Service Association - Ron Flores
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, Victoria Rogers
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
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
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
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