Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

   June 2018 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Next TICC Meeting
Featured TICC Member Initiative- Updates on the Development of Trauma-Informed Practices in AISD and How These Practices May Address PTSD
Featured Article- LGBTQ Youth: Normal Grief Gets Complicated
Featured Article- Trauma Informed Care and LGBT Individuals
TICC Members
Spotlight on Out Youth

Out Youth provides many programs and services that promote the educational, mental, emotional, physical and social development of LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) youth and their allies.  Some of these programs include:  
  • The Drop-in Center
  • Texas GSA Network
  • The Jerry Strickland Jr. Memorial Library
  • The David Bohnett CyberCenter
  • Free HIV Testing
  • Individual Counseling
  • Facilitated Discussion Circles
  • Health & Safer Sex Trainings
For more information, please check out their website here.

Upcoming Trainings
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TICC Announcements

Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Lunch will be provided
The Settlement Home, 1607 Colony Creek Dr., Austin, TX 78758
June is National PTSD Awareness Month

Featured TICC Member Initiative
   Updates on the Development of Trauma-Informed Practices in AISD and How These Practices May Address PTSD
by  Teri Wood, Ph.D., NBCT
Trust Based Relational Intervention and  Brain Development Coordinator
Office of Child Study Systems

Often when students come to school, we may have little understanding of their experience with trauma. In order to provide staff with skills that can help them to address student needs expressed as a result of experiences of trauma, including PTSD, AISD staff have engaged in robust training and programming in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).  TBRI addresses needs by encouraging building connections with students so that students feel they have access to trusted adults who listen to them.  TBRI espouses empowerment where the adults display understanding of "felt safety," which acknowledges that a child may not feel safe in a space, even though to adults, it is logically a safe place.  Through this understanding, adults become "Behavior Detectives" who seek to identify the deep underlying causes of behavior that may be rooted in trauma, and work proactively to create learning environments that are sensitive to potential triggers for students.  TBRI also helps educators address behavior proactively and responsively as opposed to punitively.  

To read more of this article, click here.

June is also LGBT Pride Month
Featured Article
LGBTQ Youth: Normal Grief Gets Complicated

By Erin Spalding, LCSW
Program Director, The Christi Center
Moving forward after the death of a special person in your life is never easy. William Worden's four tasks of mourning provide a clear picture about the rollercoaster ride that is the grieving process. These tasks are as follows:
  1. Accept the reality of the loss
  2. Process the pain of the grief
  3. Adjust to a world without your loved on in it
  4. Find a way to maintain a connection to that person, while embarking on a new life
The majority of people are able to move toward healing if provided the time and support they need. However, there are those who develop complicated mourning which increases the severity of grief symptoms and affects daily living for an extended period of time. Many things can complicate the mourning process from the cause of death or the relationship. For teens, loss at this formidable age will have a lasting impact. For LGBTQ teens, mourning has additional complications that can hinder completion of the tasks and lead to complicated grief.

To read more of this article, click here.

Featured Article

Trauma Informed Care and LGBT Individuals

Sarah Kapostasy, MA, LPC
Clinical & Social Services Director | Out Youth & Transgender Wellness 
"And this mess is so big and so deep and so tall, we can not pick it up, there is no way at all." - Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

"I am so admiring of you," I say, authentically, genuinely. "Even though it is hard, you are doing so much to break the cycle of trauma I know has impacted your family for generations."

I say this because I have heard the parents of this client engage in what I like to call " the trauma olympics" - "I grew up with this and this and this abuse in my household, my kid doesn't know how good they have it..."

"Yes," my client responds. "But between living in my toxic household and experiencing childhood sexual abuse, I just know I will never truly be able to let my guard down. I'll never be able to fully trust anyone without feeling unsafe."

This client also happens to be a young person who identifies as transgender.
When I received the request to write this article for the TICC newsletter, I knew I wouldn't have a shortage of topics to explore. I could trot out the many statistics about how trauma disproportionately impacts LGBTQ+ youth in particular.  

To read more of this article, click   here.

TICC  Members 
Seanna Crosbie
Austin Child Guidance Center
Renee Calder Encinias
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 - Erica Schmidt-Portnoy, Joanna Mendez
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
STARRY - Renee Cameron, Heather Riley
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
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid- Terry Secrest
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, Amy Knop-Narbutis
Williamson County Juvenile Services - Lynn Kessel, Amanda Brunson
Workforce Solutions Child Care Services- Michelle Crawford, Susan Helfeld
YWCA Greater Austin - Laura Gomez-Horton, Maya Amos
Newsletter Committee
Earley Ullrich - Newsletter Liaison
Erin Spalding
Membership and Marketing Committee
Valerie Rosen and Joanna Mendez - Committee Liaison

Trauma Screening Committee
Micki Marquardt, Abigail Sharp, Jenny Baldwin, Camille Clark, Beth Gerlach, Dyann Avila, Lynn Kessel, Robyn Moyer, Vicky Esparza-Garza, Donna Shanor, Michelle Crawford, Susan Helfeld, Brenda Cazares
Website Committee
Stephen Kolar - Website Liaison
Candace Aylor