Trauma-Informed Care Consortium 
Central Texas
"Building a Community of Care for Children, Families and Providers"
June 2015
Table of Contents
Spotlight on YWCA
Trauma-Informed Care and Military Families
Yoga for Traumatized Populations
Save the Date for Statewide Survey on Trauma-Informed Care
Register for Depelchin Children's Center Trauma-Informed Care Conference
TICC Members
Spotlight on 
YWCA Greater Austin


YWCA Greater Austin's mission is empowering women and eliminating racism.  The various programs, including the Training Institute, GenYW, Advocacy, and the Counseling and Referral Center are committed to providing trauma informed care and information for clients and the community.


The Counseling and Referral Center offers individual, couple, family and group counseling services for issues related to depression, anxiety, gender identity, pre/postnatal mental health, complex trauma, immigration, family disruptions due to incarceration, military leave, CPS, etc. Staff is trained in trauma informed modalities such as Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Somatic Experiencing. The YWCA also offers complimentary services for special populations such as veteran women, dual diagnosed individuals (trauma/substance abuse) in a local treatment center, justice-involved women at the county jail, and women held at an immigration detention center.


The YWCA was also recently accepted as a pilot site of the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Organizational Transformation Learning Collaborative and the Texas Children Recovering From Trauma (TCRFT) initiative of DSHS.   

To learn more about YWCA's services and programs, click here.


TICC's Trauma-Informed Organization Readiness Survey Results 
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Lexus of Austin
June is PTSD Awareness Month

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can occur after someone has experienced trauma. In recognition of PTSD Awareness Month, this issue of the Trauma-Informed Care Consortium newsletter has a special focus on the military, a population that is especially susceptible to developing PTSD.

To learn more about PTSD Awareness Month and to find resources for those with PTSD, click here.

Mark your calendars for the next TICC meeting:
Friday, August 28th at 9 AM 
at Travis County Juvenile Probation on South Congress
Featured Articles
Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Military Families

Gretchen Johnson Rees, LCSW

Hope for Heroes Counselor, Samaritan Counseling Center

At eight years old, Julia* was struggling when she first came to counseling. She was experiencing frequent nightmares and having trouble focusing in school. She felt like she had no friends. Julia's father had been deployed on four combat tours to the Middle East, and it had taken its toll on the whole family.

As focus tends to be on the returning military servicemen or women, children - who are a vital part of the military family system - are often overlooked. These children report higher rates of mental health problems across a wide variety of areas relative to the general population. According to a study supported by the U.S. Army's Operation Military Kids, military children suffer from increased rates of depression and anxiety, emotional reactivity and aggression, attention difficulties, poor academic performance, and increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and secondary trauma. 

Unfortunately, mental health professionals are often ill equipped to properly counsel military members and their families. According to a recent RAND Corporation Study, only 13% of civilian providers are adequately prepared to deliver "culturally competent, high-quality care to service members, veterans and their families." Effectively engaging servicemen and women and their families requires both familiarity and comfort with military and veteran culture. Additionally, mental health providers must possess an understanding of the unique facets of military life that may complicate treatment.

Read full article here.

*Name and identifying information changed for confidentiality
Therapeutic Yoga 
and Mental Wellness


Shawn Kent, MA, LPC

Clinical Director, Community Yoga Austin

"I never tried nothing like this before. My problem is I think too much, my brain never slows down. Yoga--gives me the power to slow my mind down. It does what the drugs would do--like the heroin--without the devastation. So...thank you so much for coming out here." - Jacob (student in Community Yoga Austin's prison program at TCCC)


"Tell me, I'll forget

Show me, I'll remember

Involve me, I'll understand"

                       -Chinese proverb


Our life experiences occur in and through a physical body.  Everything we perceive, feel, think, and do, emerges from a direct, organic, physical process occurring in a physical body.

As obvious as these two statements might sound, it has only been within the last decade that research advances in both neuroscience and the physiology of mental experience have really begun to shape our understanding of the role that physical biology plays in mental health, mental illness, and treatment.


With our increased understanding of the interaction between physical and mental experience, we have begun to look for ways to include more holistic interventions. As a result, therapeutic yoga has become a rapidly growing movement in the field of mental wellness.


Therapeutic yoga incorporates these physical/experiential activities within a larger process that involves education, mindfulness training, and group discussion around specific social emotional skills. All of this work occurs in a context where students feel safe, in control of their experience, and comfortable expressing their needs. 


Read full article here.

Community Initatives

Save the Date!
Statewide Survey on
Trauma-Informed Care

What: Texas CASA is partnering with Cenpatico, DFPS, the Children's Commission, and the Texas Network of Youth Services to survey providers involved with the Texas Child welfare system about trauma-informed care. The survey will target CPS caseworkers, foster parents, judges, mental health providers, CASA volunteers, and more.

When: Survey will open in early July and be available for 4 weeks.

*Survey participants will have a chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards!*

Please be on the lookout for the survey in coming weeks and help spread the word! 
Featured Training
Register Now 
Depelchin Children's Center
Trauma-Informed Care Conference
Transforming the Lives of Families

September 17th-18th, 2015 
The Westin Houston

Featuring Melissa Brymer, Ph.D.
Director of the Terrorism and Disaster Programs at UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

One Day Tickets: $150
Two Day Tickets (before August 22nd): $225

CEUs available for social workers, psychologists, LPCs, LMFTs, and teachers.

For a full list of presenters and to register, click here.


Seanna Crosbie

Austin Child Guidance Center



Renee Calder Price

Caring Family Network


Organizational Members

Allies Against Slavery - John Nehme

Any Baby Can - Katie Ryan 

Austin Child Guidance Center - Seanna Crosbie, Stephen Kolar,

Mary Klingensmith, Andrea Ciceri

Austin ISD - Kathy Palomo, Kate Wegler 

Austin ISD Campus Based Counseling Referral Centers

Austin Children's Shelter - Maren Strachan

Austin Oaks Hospital - Angelica Reyes 

Austin PD Victim Services - Robin Foreman

Austin Recovery - Trish Rivera 

Austin State Hospital - Jennifer Swinton

Austin Travis County Integral Care - Melody Palmer-Arizola, Amanda Davidson

Bell/Lampasas County CSCD - Samantha Haynes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas - Sharlene Eaton-Landis

Care Options For Kids - Kevin Schoenberger

Caring Family Network - Renee Calder Price

Casey Family Programs - Michael Martinez

Cenpatico - Karen Rogers

Center for Child Protection - Barbara Jefferson, Addie Wieland

Communities in Schools of Central Texas - Kris Downing, Sarah McCafferty

Communities for Recovery - Kate Jones & Kanisha Denmon

Community Advancement Network (CAN) - Hannah Brown

CommunitySync/Project HOPES - Suzanne Hershey

Community Yoga Austin - Shawn Kent

Court Appointed Special Advocates - Charron Sumler

Dell Children's Medical Center - Sally Freeman

Department of Family & Protective Services - Sheila Brown

Easter Seals - Jessica Moore

Eanes ISD - Katie Bryant, LCSW

El Buen Samaritano - Donna Shanor

Georgetown Psychological Services, PLLC - Jo Vendl, Psy. D.

Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center - Kifferie Corley

Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt

Juvenile Support Network - UT Austin - Wanda Nelson

Kids in a New Groove - Karyn Scott

KIPP Austin Collegiate High School - Vanessa Marie Flores

LifeWorks - Rob Thurlow

NAMI Austin - Karen Ranus

OutYouth - Keisha Martinez

Pflugerville ISD - Vicky Esparza-Gregory

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas - Kristin McDuffie

People's Community Clinic - David Burrows

Refugee Services of Texas - Kay Mailander

Rock Springs - Kelli Wright, Damien Robinson

SafePlace - Linda Herbert, Barbara Ball

Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Services - Gretchen Johnson

Southwest Key Programs - Hillary England

Spirit Reins - Rhonda Smith

Texas CASA - Sarah Crockett, Adrianna Torres-Garcia

Texas Department of State Health Services - Emily Parks

Texas Network of Youth Services - Lara O'Toole

Texas NeuroRehab Center - Meg Haden

Texas System of Care Consortium - Texas Family Voice Network - Candace Aylor

The Settlement Home - Bronwyn Seay

Travis County Collaborative for Children - Katy Bourgeois

Travis County Health & Human Services & Veteran Services - Christina Kuehn & Corie Cormie

Travis County Juvenile Probation - Erin Foley

United Way for Greater Austin - Alison Bentley

UT Child and Family Research Institute - Beth Gerlach

YWCA Greater Austin - Laura Gomez-Horton 


Website Committee

Stephen Kolar - Website Liaison

Kevin Schoenberger, Laura Gomez-Horton, Trish Rivera


Newsletter Committee

Andrea Ciceri - Newsletter Liaison

Bronwyn Seay, Micki Marquardt, Angelica Reyes, Gretchen Johnson


Membership and Marketing Committee

Joe Dias, Barbara Jefferson, Kathy Paloma, Kate Amerson, Cristina Guerrero, Julie Guirguis, Jina Sorensen, Donald "Doc" Shuffield, Kathleen Doherty