In the final event in the National Foster Care Month webinar series, Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner JooYeun Chang discussed specific efforts of the Administration to support children and youth in foster care in achieving permanency. This webinar highlighted the work of the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) Grant awarded to the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Presenters from Illinois discussed the TARGET treatment model and how it is being implemented in their system. This grant is supporting the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in demonstrating and taking to scale statewide TARGET, an evidence-based trauma intervention, to promote more timely achievement of permanency among youth, ages 11 to 16, who have reached their two year anniversary in foster care. Click here for more information on this webinar and the Children's Bureau's webinar series.
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.
Dr. Ford's book, Hijacked By Your Brain was recently featured in O Magazine and Elle. This is the first book to explain how stress changes your brain and what you can do about it.
Stress is not the enemy. In order to truly reduce stress you have to understand why your brain causes you to feel stress and how you can take advantage of it to handle high-stress people and situations.
This book reveals the missing step in most stress reduction guides. Then, Dr. Ford and his co-author Jon Wortmann, provide you with the user’s manual for your brain so stress is no longer something to avoid; rather, a chance to learn what is most important to you and focus your life on what really matters.
This book was written for:
- parents managing homes, kids, and careers
- executives and managers who want to focus and support their teams
- athletes and artists who want to perform at their best
- helping professionals feeling stress from their work and who want resources to offer those they care for
- men and women healing from the trauma of war, disaster, and abuse
- You, if you feel out of control and want to do something about it
You’ll be able to apply the skills right away and with regular practice, you can be the kind of focused, relaxed, and confident person you’ve always wanted to be.
To purchase this book, and to see more publications by Dr. Ford, click here.
ATS is proud to announce that Corey Somerville has joined our ATS team!
Corey holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in Carlsbad, California and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. She has an extensive work background as a crisis clinician in hospital emergency departments as well as community based psychiatric intervention. Corey is trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA) and has worked as a member of the Western Massachusetts Trauma Response Team through Behavioral Health Network in Springfield, MA, where she responded to natural disasters, homicides, suicides and sudden death situations.
Prior to joining ATS, she was the Staff Mental Health Professional at The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut, where she worked with attorneys on high conflict family court cases making recommendations to the court that were believed to be in the best interest of the child. While at CLC she also functioned as the program coordinator for their mediation and co-parenting education program, as well as participating as a mediator in the program.
Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. is excited to announce that Alison Schneider has joined the ATS team to help lead the dissemination and implementation of the TARGET model in the midwest region. In addition to her direct practice experience as part of Illinois' System of Care, Alison comes to ATS with over 10 years of program management in the field of child welfare. Most recently, Alison has been intricately involved with the implementation of the TARGET model with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as part of the the United States Children's Bureau's Permanency Innovations Initiative. Alison can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling (860) 269-8663.
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Juvenile Law Center Trauma
By Shawn Marsh, Ph.D.
Shawn Marsh, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Juvenile Law Programs, represented the NCJFCJ at a convening of national experts on trauma and advocacy coordinated by the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, PA in late January 2013. Dr. Marsh joined others such as Robert Listenbee (OJJDP Administrator), Dr. Sandra Bloom (founder of the Sanctuary Institute), Esta Soler (President of Futures Without Violence), Dr. Julian Ford (developer of TARGET-A treatment protocol for trauma exposure and a National Child Traumatic Stress Network representative), and Bob Schwartz (Executive Director and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center) to outline the most current thinking on how to achieve a trauma-informed justice system. Over the course of the 1.5 day meeting, participants elucidated the challenges associated with helping implement universal precautions for trauma in courts and allied systems while maintaining robust protections for those appearing before the court. Of particular concern to the group was balancing the need to identify risk and protective factors to encourage resiliency while avoiding unnecessary system penetration associated with “helping” once a trauma history is identified. The meeting concluded with a shared agreement that the issue of trauma and being “trauma-informed” in the context of the legal system is still an emerging and highly complex issue that requires substantial further debate -- that at this point will be facilitated by an online discussion group involving the participants at the convening.
For a copy of the complete Summer 2013 edition of the Juvenile & Family Justice TODAY, click here!
TARGET for Adolescents and TARGET for Adults are both highlighted on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse website!
Connecticut State Senator John McKinney recently appointed ATS' Chris Lyddy to the Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel. The CFRP is charged with reviewing unexplained or unexpected circumstances of the death of any child under the age of 18 who has received services from a state department or agency addressing child welfare, social or human services or juvenile justice.
Listen to Dr. Ford talk about stress and his new book - Hijacked By Your Brain - on the Dr. Pat Show by clicking here:
In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Governor Malloy established The 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.
For more information on the Panel you can visit www.ct.gov/shac
The ATS team would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Newtown and those families who lost a loved one in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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