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About Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc.
company, our core values are rooted in integrity, a desire to improve the lives of others, and a willingness to model what we teach. We are committed to all those who have come face to face with traumatic stress and are now working to create a life worth living. 

​The mission of ATS is to provide training and consultation to correctional, children’s services, and health providers interested in addressing the long-term effects of chronic stress. Through the widespread dissemination of the TARGET model, ATS is committed to empowering providers with cutting-edge knowledge and effective skills to address the core biological and psychological issues for trauma survivors. 

Located in Farmington, Connecticut, ATS serves agencies and state systems across the United States. As a new company, our goal is to increase our capacity to provide services in other parts of the country and to develop cutting-edge technologies to enhance our training programs.


The ATS Team


Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. is a Connecticut corporation and the exclusive licensed provider of the TARGET treatment model. ATS is dedicated to becoming a leader in the field of trauma treatment. By combining scientific knowledge, evidence-based practices, and expert professional staff, ATS is at the forefront of developing  solutions to the long-term  effects  of  chronic  and  extreme  stress. As a
Julian D. Ford, Ph.D.
Developer
Judy Ford, M.A.
President
Christopher Lyddy, LCSW
Chief Operating Officer
Lindy Morgan
Business Manager
Association, and task forces of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. 

Dr. Ford Chaired the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Scientific Review Subcommittee for the Department of Veterans Affairs (2009-2011) and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and on the Editorial Board of several leading peer review journals. He recently co-edited three books, Treating Traumatized Children (October 2008, Routledge, with D. Brom & R. Pat-Horenczyk), the Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (November 2008, Wiley, with G. Reyes & J. Elhai), and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (February 2009, Guilford, with C. Courtois), and authored a textbook on PTSD, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Scientific and Professional Dimensions (June 2009, Elsevier/Academic Press). He has books forthcoming with Guilford Press, Clinician’s Guide to Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (co-authored with C. Courtois, 2013), and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents (co-edited with C. Courtois, 2013), with John Wiley and Sons, Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other Posttraumatic Reactions (co-authored with B. C. Frueh, J. D. Elhai, and A. Grubaugh, 2012), and with Sourcebooks, Hijacked by Your Brain (co-authored with J. Wortmann, 2013).
Judy Ford, M.A, has been a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years, working primarily with families with a history of intergenerational abuse and neglect and community violence. As an agency clinical director she developed and implemented clinical and case management programs and parenting curricula for women involved in the child welfare system and has trained and supervised clinical and home visiting staff in engaging and retaining those families in services. She has developed and administered a wide range of community based interagency programs, and served on the Vermont Task Force on Childrenʼs Mental Health. She has developed and provided training and consultation to local, regional and statewide programs designed to achieve multidisciplinary systems of care for women with young children, such as the Vermont Childrenʼs Upstream Services Initiative. 


Christopher Lyddy, LCSW, received his Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Salve Regina University and his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. During his time at Penn, Christopher also cross studied at the Fels Institute of Government and the Graduate School of Nursing, and conducted his clinical work through Drexel University's College of Medicine and Northwestern Human Services.

Christopher has management and direct practice experience with both non- and for-profit organizations serving families with histories of intergenerational trauma. Prior to his post at ATS, Christopher served as the Program Director for the Hartford Youth Equipped for 
Lindy Morgan has served as the ATS Business Manager since 2008, responsible for all aspects of business operations and helping the organization move toward the achievement of financial and customer service goals.  Before coming to ATS, Lindy worked in financial management for the cities of Vacaville & Suisun City, California.  Her work responsibilities now include budgeting, financial reporting, development and monitoring of contracts, development of HR policies and procedures, and acting as the liaison for all business matters with ATS client agencies. She is currently working toward a Business Credential at Solano Community College.  

Katy Reid, BA
Program Manager
Katy Reid is a TARGET trainer and consultant with Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. and completing her final semester towards her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Connecticut State University. Katy was named WCSU’s Connecticut Counseling Association Graduate Student Representative.  

Katy has worked for several years with adolescents in Connecticut through community- based juvenile justice programs, Yale University’s Gear Up Program and the facilitation of support groups for the chronically ill. Katy holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego in Communication Studies where she was honored as a Trustee Merit Scholarship Recipient.  


Ben Ayantola
TARGET Trainer & Consultant
​Ben is a TARGET trainer and consultant with Advanced Trauma Solutions. He received an Associates Degree in Deaf Studies from Northwestern Connecticut Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Human Services from the University of Connecticut. In addition, Ben is currently enrolled in Central Connecticut State University’s Master’s Program, studying Professional Counseling in Mental Health and Rehabilitation. 

Prior to joining the ATS team, Ben worked as a case manager for the Torrington Youth Equipped for Success! Program where he provided 


Success (YES!) Program, providing services to juvenile justice involved youth in the greater Hartford region. In this role he supervised staff, managed all aspects of program operations, and successfully implemented evidence-based interventions into the program milieu. 

Over the last several years, Christopher was intricately involved with the start-up and growth of several programs including many Juvenile Risk Reduction Centers throughout Connecticut, and has hosted and developed various pilot initiatives in collaboration with the Connecticut Judicial Branch. In this capacity, he has also worked collaboratively with Yale University and the University of Connecticut to improve service delivery and to develop models of intervention for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

While working in the public sector, Christopher also served as a two-term state Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly. In his elected role, Christopher served as the Vice Chairman of the Public Health Committee and was a member of the Human Services and Education Committees. He also served on the Juvenile Jurisdiction Policy and Operations Coordinating Council, the Speaker’s Task Force on Children in the Recession, the Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, and the State Advisory Council for Special Education. Christopher was appointed to and later elected the co-chairman of the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council, a statutorily mandated council charged with advising the Departments of Children and Families (DCF) and Social Services (DSS) on the planning and implementation of publicly funded behavioral health services.

Christopher has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut and is a guest lecturer at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Christopher also serves on the Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel and is an appointed member of Governor Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. The SHAC is a 16-member panel of experts created to review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.

Outside of his post at ATS, Christopher serves on the Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. Board of Directors; a grassroots organization established to educate, empower, and embrace youth and families in Newtown who are struggling with substance abuse. In addition, Christopher serves on the Ben's Lighthouse Board of Directors; a foundation established in memory of Benjamin Wheeler who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 
Julian D. Ford, PhD
Model Developer
Christopher Lyddy
Chief Operating Officer
Lindy Morgan
Business Manager
Judy Ford
President
Over the course of her career she has worked in educational, social service, mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare systems, all with a focus on women, children, and families. At the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, she served first as the Director of Project SAFE, a statewide program to provide substance abuse services for parents involved in the child welfare system. Later, as the state agency Director of Womenʼs Services, Ms. Ford was the lead in developing statewide trauma services in the public behavioral health system. As an Instructor at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Psychiatry, Ms. Ford adapted TARGET research protocols and study findings into treatment manuals and educational/training curricula. 

She has taught and conducted trainings on a variety of topics related to child development, family violence, and the long-term effects of psychological trauma on children and adults. In 2008 she co-founded (with Julian Ford) Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc., the sole licensed provider of the TARGET treatment model, and serves as president of that dissemination organization. UDITH FORD, M.A, has been a practicing Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years, working primarily with families with a history of intergenerational abuse and neglect and community violence. As an agency clinical director she developed and implemented clinical and case management programs and parenting curricula for women involved in the child welfare system and has trained and supervised clinical and home visiting staff in engaging and retaining those families in services. She has developed and administered a wide range of community based interagency programs, and served on the Vermont Task Force on Childrenʼs Mental Health. She has developed and provided training and consultation to local, regional and statewide programs designed to achieve multidisciplinary systems of care for women with young children, such as the Vermont Childrenʼs Upstream Services Initiative. Over the course of her career she has worked in educational, social service, mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare systems, all with a focus on women, children, and families. At the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, she served first as the Director of Project SAFE, a statewide program to provide substance abuse services for parents involved in the child welfare system. Later, as the state agency Director of Womenʼs Services, Ms. Ford was the lead in developing statewide trauma services in the public behavioral health system. 

As an Instructor at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Psychiatry, Ms. Ford adapted TARGET research protocols and study findings into treatment manuals and educational/training curricula. She has taught and conducted trainings on a variety of topics related to child development, family violence, and the long-term effects of psychological trauma on children and adults. In 2008 she co-founded (with Julian Ford) Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc., the sole licensed provider of the TARGET treatment model, and serves as president of that dissemination organization.  

Ben Ayantola
Trainer & Consultant
Katy Reid
Program Manager
Christine Kopcyk
Office Manager
TARGET was developed by Julian Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has conducted several federally funded studies evaluating TARGET and other evidence-based practices, prepared expert white papers on traumatic stress for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and the Child Health and Development Institute, and provided expert consultation on traumatic stress research and treatment to the World Health Organization, the Public Health Service Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Administration for Children and Families, the American Bar 

services for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, Ben was charged with implementing evidence based and research informed interventions to address the wide range of needs of the youth and families enrolled in the program. 

Outside of his work at ATS Ben continues to volunteer with programs serving youth across the state and New England, including a youth development program called Quest. This is a 12-month leadership-training program for youth, culminating in a ten-day service trip to South Africa. 
Christine Kopcyk
Office Manager
​Christine Kopcyk serves as the ATS Office Manager, covering management responsibilities and support services for employees in Farmington, CT, Chicago, Ill, and Fairfield, CA. Christine has 13 years of experience as an Administrative Professional, developing office and technical skills in addition to her strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving abilities. At ATS, she is integrally involved in service delivery, maintaining the databases for consulting and fidelity monitoring services and reporting, tracking the flow of teaching tools and materials, and coordinating all vendor services.