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Moving Toward Trauma-Informed System of Care

Texas System of Care

Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

Moving Toward Trauma-Informed System of Care

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This webinar is the fourth of a series aimed toward increasing awareness and understanding about the System of Care framework in Texas.  It is part of the training and technical assistance activities associated with the Achieving Successful Systems Enriching (ASSET) expansion grant. ASSET is focused on improving outcomes for children and youth with complex mental health needs and their families. The intended audience for this webinar includes anyone involved with children or youth programs or services interested in learning about trauma and trauma informed systems of care.

1.5 Continuing education hours approved 

Texas Department of State Health Services Professional Licensing and Certification Unit


Molly Lopez, Ph.D., is Director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, a licensed clinical psychologist and a research associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work. Her research interests include mental health services, child and adolescent service systems, the implementation of evidence-based practices, and trauma informed care. She has led several research studies focused on enhancing the effectiveness of systems that interact with children and youth who have been exposed to traumatic events, including serving as principal investigator on a NIMH-funded study of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within juvenile correctional facilities. Previously, Dr. Lopez served in several leadership roles within the Texas public mental health agency, the Department of State Health Services.


Sherri Adair Hammack has more than 33 years of experience in the health and human services field.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Woman’s University and a teacher’s secondary education certification at Texas State University.   She began her career by working as a direct care service provider, behavioral therapist, trainer and administrator for people with a primary diagnosis of developmental or intellectual disabilities within residential and community settings.  Following these positions, she served as a Project Director for a federal grant within the Office of Children’s Mental Health Services for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.  For the past 19 years, Mrs. Hammack has worked at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission as the Director of the State Office of Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG) of Texas, Coordinator of the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative, State Facilitator of the Texas System of Care Collaborative including the System of Care statewide expansion, and has served as Principal Investigator for several federal grants focused on children’s mental health and trauma informed care and treatment.  Mrs. Hammack has dedicated her career to enhancing collaborative service delivery for children, youth, adults and families who have complex needs.


Lena Zettler Finholt, MA, LPA is a Licensed Psychological Associate and has delivered direct patient care to children, adolescents, and families in hospital and clinic settings since 1989. Over the course of her clinical practice, she has gained experience in assessing and treating children with complex psychiatric disorders and has served as the Director of the Department of Psychology at Cook Children’s Medical Center, since 2007. Cook Children’s Health Care System, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a national award-winning, not-for-profit, integrated health care system comprised of seven companies and operates more than 60 pediatric medical and specialty clinic offices throughout Texas. The system has more than 5,000 employees and serves a primary area of six North Texas counties.


Shalonda J. Brooks, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist at DePelchin Children’s Center working to obtain her licensure as a licensed psychologist in the State of Texas.  Dr. Brooks strives to help individuals and families gain a sense of well-being and stability by providing them with the resources and skills to aid in their ability to problem solve, cope with difficulties, understand themselves, and ultimately feel better.  Dr. Brooks’s areas of expertise include disruptive behavior problems, autism spectrum disorders, family therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and psychological assessments.  A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Brooks obtained her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from Auburn University.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

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Through the System of Care initiative funded by SAMHSA, Texas partners are coming together to identify ways to help local communities address the needs of children and youth with serious mental health conditions and their families using a System of Care approach

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