Care Consortium 
Central Texas
"Building a community of care 
        for children, families, and providers" 
March 2014
Table of Contents
TICC Helps You
Featured Article: Secondary Trauma
TICC is Online!
Community Initiative: Travis County Collaborative for Children
Community Initiative: CAN Inventory Survey
TICC Members
The Trauma-Informed Care Consortium is funded by: 
    St. David's Foundation
Lexus of Austin
Spotlight on ATCIC!
In December, Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC) added a new integrated care facility in Dove Springs. Now in its third full month of operation, the staff welcomes new families and children to benefit from their services. The building boasts a conference room available to fit up to 80 persons, on-site doctors and wellness professionals and therapists able to see adults, children and families! 


Bridget Speer, Child and Family Program Manager at Dove Springs, informs us that her licensed staff are all required to do online training for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to their mandated models of training which include Seeking Safety, a model designed for those who suffer from trauma/PTSD and/or substance abuse. Additionally, Ms. Speer will be attending a training this month that will allow her to train ATCIC staff and others in the Mental Health First Aid USA model. This model aims to educate first responders on how to help those in crisis and how to lessen instances of re-traumatization. Along with this opportunity, Ms. Speer says the facility looks forward to adding primary care doctors for children and offering Nurturing Parenting groups in the future. 

We are happy to see the growing ATCIC bring trauma-informed values and professionals to much needed areas such as Dove Springs. 

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Trauma-Informed Community 

Seanna Crosbie, LCSW

Austin Child Guidance Center 


Welcome to the first newsletter of the Trauma-Informed Care Consortium (TICC) of Central Texas.  The goal of this newsletter and our website is to provide you with access to the most current evidenced-based trainings and treatments in our community related to trauma.  Additionally, we will connect you with the latest resources, initiatives and efforts happening in the Austin area around trauma-informed care as it impacts children and families. TICC was established through the generous support of St. David's Foundation and Lexus of Austin.  We hope that you will find this newsletter informative and helpful, as a professional, parent, or caregiver in our community. 


You might be wondering why you should be concerned about emotional trauma.  Research presented by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) from the Centers for Disease Control shows us that there is a significant link between childhood trauma and social/emotional development, illness, and for some, early death.  (To access specific information about ACEs, refer to Traumatic events like 9/11 resonate with many Americans, even years later.  It forever changed the lives of the families who lost loved ones, but also impacted police officers and medical professionals who were exposed to the horrors of rescue that day, and the months that followed. Read More

What TICC Will Do For You

Our mission is "to create a comprehensive trauma-informed community for children, families, and providers through education, outreach and trainings."  TICC has an interdisciplinary membership, made up of a variety of individuals and organizations throughout the Austin community. We've created a quarterly newsletter and website at
that will allow you to:
  • Increase your knowledge about community service providers 
  • Learn about trauma and how it impacts children and families within the community
  • Refer children and family trauma survivors using our informational online database of organizations and places that serve a variety of needs (legal help, counseling, crisis intervention, etc.)
  • Access a calendar where you can find out about upcoming trainings, education and outreach opportunities available to professionals, caregivers and families 
  • Find resources in Central Texas that can support victims and survivors of trauma
Featured Article

Secondary Trauma: How to Deal with the Stress of Helping Others 

"Stop and Smell the Roses"


 Micki Marquardt, LCSW

Helping Hand Home for Children  


The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) acknowledges the risks we face as trauma workers.  They emphasize the need for, "basic self-care: balancing work, play, and rest. Adequate diet and exercise are essential."  Making a plan for specific self-care routines and rituals is essential, they say, in maintaining meaning and hope in our work and in our life.


I recently asked an acquaintance if he had made a New Years' resolution and he said "I want to tie up some lose ends and generally be more grounded."  That sentiment resonated with me and I told him I would try the same.  The more I considered this I had trouble pinpointing exactly how this might be accomplished until I came across an article by Kristen Race, PhD, who expands on the old adage, "Stop and smell the roses."  It turns out this is more than just good advice but grounded (there's that word again) in neuro-scientific research. Read More

TICC Launches Website for Professionals and Families
Our quarterly newsletters will be posted on our website. Learn more about TICC online at Here you can get information about trauma-informed services in the Austin area as well as details about local trauma trainings (these trainings are available for professionals, parents and others).  You can also access additional online resources related to trauma through the website.
Community Initiatives

Travis County Collaborative for Children (TCCC)


Information provided by: 

Renee Calder Price, BS, LCPAA
Caring Family Network 

Texas Christian University (TCU) Child Development Institute is bringing Trust-Based Relational Intervention� (TBRI�) their trauma-informed, relationship focused intervention to Travis County through an initiative called the Travis County Collaboration for Children (TCCC).  The vision of this group is that "children in foster care in Travis County will achieve dramatic healing and will be placed in a truly permanent nurturing family more quickly than the state average."  The goals of the TCCC are to improve the care-giving system in Travis County by:  i) Building and strengthening collaborations within the county, ii) Equipping and training organizations and providers in TBRI�, iii) Collecting data and publishing research to support these efforts, and iv) Providing on-going support to our partner organizations by continued collaborative efforts.  


Some of the agencies involved in this collaboration are:  several Child Placing Agencies including Caring Family Network/DePelchin Children's Center, STARRY, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, and A World For Children.  Some Residential Treatment Centers/Shelters/Cottage Programs including Helping Hand Home and Texas Baptist Children's Home are also part of this team. Child Protective Services (CPS), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Center for Child Advocacy are also represented.  And of course, TCU Child Development Institute.

CAN Inventory Survey

Hannah Brown, MSW
Community Advancement Network

In 2014, the Community Advancement Network (CAN) is working to promote coordination of prevention and intervention efforts working toward the well-being of children and youth in Travis County. CAN is working with ReadyBy21, Trauma Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas, Children's Optimal Health, Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and Texans Care for Children to conduct an inventory of local prevention and intervention service providers and identify the following: adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or risky behaviors that each program addresses, funding sources, populations served, service provision locations, methods used to assess ACEs and risk factors, and methods used to track prevention or intervention efforts and outcomes. 


CAN will launch a survey of service providers in March and follow up with interviews to tell the story of how children and families are supported throughout the continuum of care, identifying gaps in service and composing recommendations for improvement. 


If you are interested in participating in this inventory, please contact



Seanna Crosbie

Austin Child Guidance Center



Renee Calder Price

Caring Family Network


Organizational Members

Any Baby Can - Katie Ryan 

Austin Child Guidance Center - Seanna Crosbie, Stephen Kolar, Tracy Tanner, Codi Tranel

Austin ISD - Kathy Palomo 

Austin ISD Campus Based Counseling Referral Centers - Melissa Acosta

Austin Children's Shelter - Maren Strachan

Austin Recovery - Trish Rivera 

Austin Travis County Integral Care - Melody Palmer-Arizola

Caring Family Network - Renee Calder Price

Casey Family Programs - Marilyn Waters

Center for Child Protection - Barbara Jefferson

Communities in Schools of Central Texas - Kris Downing

Community Advancement Network (CAN) - Hannah Brown

Community Yoga Austin - Shawn Kent

Court Appointed Special Advocates - Charron Sumler

Dell Children's Medical Center - Sally Freeman

Easter Seals

El Buen Samaritano - Donna Shanor

Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt

Juvenile Support Network - UT Austin - Wanda Nelson

LifeWorks - Rob Thurlow

Safe Place - Linda Herbert

Spirit Reins - Rhonda Smith

Texas Department of State Health Services - Emily Parks

Texas Network of Youth Services - Lara O'Toole

The Settlement Home - Bronwyn Seay

Travis County Juvenile Probation - Erin Foley

UT Child and Family Research Institute - Monica Faulkner

YWCA Greater Austin - Laura Gomez-Horton


Website Committee

Stephen Kolar - Website Liaison, Codi Tranel - Coordinator,

Kevin Schoenberger, Laura Gomez-Horton, Trish Rivera


Newsletter Committee

Tracy Tanner - Newsletter Liaison, Codi Tranel - Coordinator,

Bronwyn Seay, Micki Marquardt