Trauma-Informed  Care Consortium  of  Central Texas

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

  September 2018 Newsletter
Table of Contents
Featured TICC Member Article- Suicide Prevention
Featured Article- Trauma Informed Care in Eating Disorder Treatment: Making Families Part of the Solution
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Spotlight on 
Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project

By Laura Firebaught, Engagement Specialist, LSVAP

Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project (LSVAP) was created to help victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in communities where assistance resources are scarce or non-existent. Our organization provides advocacy, education, and free legal services for immigrant victims of abuse; regardless of immigration status. By improving the resources available to abused immigrants and undocumented survivors, we can empower them to be able to leave their abusers and reduce the amount of domestic violence in rural Texas communities.

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September 10, 2018 World Suicide Prevention Day

September 9 - 15, 2018
National Suicide Prevention Week

Featured TICC Member Article
Suicide Prevention

by Muna Javaid, LMSW
Senior Planner, Integral Care
This September, as fall approaches and students head back to school, it is a good time to focus on campus-based mental health services, and recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, and results in approximately 4,600 lives lost each year. This month is an opportunity for mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors and community members to unite to promote suicide prevention awareness and help save lives.

Teachers and parents can play an important role in early detection of warning signs and behaviors indicating that a child is considering suicide. Trouble focusing or thinking clearly, increased withdrawal from family, friends, and school, a lack of interest in favorite activities and reckless or risk-taking behaviors are just a few of the signs that indicate suicide risk. Considering students spend a significant portion of their day in school, on-campus mental health services create an opportunity to proactively identify and engage youth in critical, supportive services.

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TICC Article
Trauma Informed Care in Eating Disorder Treatment: Making Families Part of the Solution

By Courtney Morton, LCSW, CEDS Clinical Manager, Eating Recovery Center of Austin

Eating disorder treatment has a perilous past with regard to family involvement. Historically, parents (particularly mothers) experienced blame for their children's illnesses from treatment providers, which contributed to resistance in seeking care, perpetuated maladaptive family dynamics, and ultimately led to more intractable illnesses. Now we know better. Families showing up for treatment are a shadow of who they were before their child's eating disorder, as the family system reorganizes around the chronic illness and parents respond from a place of fear rather than empowerment.

Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) takes a Trauma Informed Care approach with families, which better equips caregivers to provide the support that is needed to help their child recover from an eating disorder. EFFT begins with the empowering stance that there is no one better equipped to help a child (of any age) recover from an eating disorder than their parents. This healing power arises from neurobiological connections and the nature of the attachment relationship. Through learning "advanced caregiving skills," parents can gain both the behavior coaching skills necessary to fight the eating disorder as well as the emotion coaching skills that are essential to help their children better understand and process their own emotional experience. With this kind of support in place, over time, there is less and less need to use an eating disorder to cope.

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TICC Announcements

Please join TICC for our next quarterly meeting:

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Lunch will be provided
Superior HealthPlan
5900 E. Ben White Blvd., Austin, TX 78744
TICC  Members 
Seanna Crosbie
Austin Child Guidance Center
Renee Calder Encinias
Organizational Members
A World For Children - Megan Light
Any Baby Can - Jenny Baldwin, Dyann Avila
Armstrong Community Music School - Margaret Perry, Sarah Beth Gooding
Asian Family Support Services of Austin - Soyong Kim, Evan Rathjen
Austin Achieve Public Schools - Kali Fagnant, Ashcon Habibi
Austin Child Guidance Center - Seanna Crosbie, Stephen Kolar, Andrea Ciceri, Earley Ullrich, Sara Walters
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.  - Catherine Jones, 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 Inc.- Jerica Owukori-Dykes, Adriana Vasquez
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
Dell Children's Child Abuse Program- Heather Van Diest, Sara Beasley
DePelchin Children's Center - Aaron Oeser
Eanes ISD - Katie Bryant, Kristi Waidhofer
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, Keisha Martinez
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
Pathways Youth and Family Services - Keri Cooper
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 - Barbara Ball, Sarah Rees
Sage Recovery & Wellness Center - Angela Bowers
Samaritan Center - Gretchen Johnson Rees, Carlos Rivera
Seedling Foundation - Connie Howe, Sabra Fugate
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 - Barbara Granger
Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing - Beth Gerlach, Shannon Mann-Butler
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 Christi Center- Erin Spalding, Jessica Brown
The Settlement Home - Jessica McKay, Michelle Spikes
Travis County Collaborative for Children - Katy Sauer, Stephanie Shaw
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 Liaisons
Sara Gideon, Valerie Fruge
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