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Child Trauma Treatment Training Program

Susan Schmidt, Ph.D.

Susan Schmidt, PhD

National TF-CBT Trainer

susan-schmidt@ouhsc.edu

Susan Schmidt, a licensed Counseling Psychologist, is an Associate Professor at the OUHSC Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Schmidt has expertise in design, implementation and evaluation of clinical interventions in the areas of domestic violence, child trauma, adolescent problematic sexual behavior, and child maltreatment.  She currently serves as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) – funded Child Trauma Services Program, which provides statewide training in child trauma assessment and TF-CBT for ODMHSAS-contracted child mental health treatment providers. Dr. Schmidt  co-directs the OUHSC Child Trauma Services Program, which is comprised of a specialty clinic offering child trauma assessment and family and group-based TF-CBT, graduate student training and supervision, and a child trauma research lab. She is a member of the national TF-CBT trainer network. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt co-developed, with Dr. Dolores Subia BigFoot, the TF-CBT enhancement for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families – Honoring Children – Mending the Circle.

 

Elizabeth Risch, PhD

National TF-CBT Trainer

elizabeth-risch@ouhsc.edu

Elizabeth Risch, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the OUHSC Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. She graduated from the University of Tulsa Clinical Psychology doctoral program in 2008 and completed postdoctoral fellowships in both pediatric psychology and child maltreatment at OUHSC. Dr. Risch is a member of the national TF-CBT trainer network. She co-directs the ODMHSAS – funded Child Trauma Services Program, which provides statewide training and consultation to mental health treatment providers in evidence-based assessment and treatment interventions (including TF-CBT) for trauma-exposed children and families. Dr. Risch also serves as the co-director of the Child Trauma Services Program at CCAN, which provides assessment and treatment to families impacted by trauma. Through this program, she provides clinical services as well as supervision and didactics for graduate students. Finally, and, most importantly, Dr. Risch is mother to three adorable boys and spends most of her free time playing and being silly with them.

 

Amanda Mitten, M.A.

National TF-CBT Therapist

amanda-mitten@ouhsc.edu 

Amanda Mitten, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Mitten received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Her clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related disorders, children with problematic sexual behavior, and assessment of children prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Ms. Mitten also serves as the program coordinator for CCAN’s Child Trauma Services Program (CTSP). Ms. Mitten is a certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers; and a certified therapist in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children with disruptive behavior disorders.  She is currently working towards reaching Level 1 training status for PCIT.

She provides national training and consultation in the PSB-CBT school age model, assists with the initial assessment of needs and design a training plan to facilitate teams use of the evidence-based program, collaborative care, and engagement of stakeholders. Additionally, she has been asked to review and advise the Foster Parent College.com training series on children with problematic sexual behavior.


Collaborating Oklahoma TF-CBT Trainers

Roy Van Tassell, LPC

Roy Van Tassell, LPC

National TF-CBT Trainer

Roy.VanTassell@EnvolveHealth.com

Roy Van Tassell is a mental health professional in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves as Director for Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions for Envolve PeopleCare, a managed behavioral health care company with services in 17 states. Roy provides training in trauma, assessment and evidenced-based interventions as well as consultation to a range of clinical providers, and has been a member of the SAMHSA funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2003. Roy’s professional background over the 33 years is diverse, having worked with all ages in multiple residential, impatient, outpatient, and a partial hospital settings and serving as Clinical Director for Trauma Services at Family & Children’s Services. Roy has training and practice and in four evidenced-based trauma interventions. He is a member of the national TF-CBT Trainer Network.  Roy  provides on-going clinical supervision, training and consultation for Family & Children’s staff in Tulsa in addition to consultation and training for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  Roy manages his own stress by spending time with his family, being an avid cyclist and enjoying a great cup of coffee and the occasional craft beer.

Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D.

Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D.

National TF-CBT Trainer

dee-bigfoot@ouhsc.edu

Dee BigFoot, a child psychologist, is an associate professor who directs the Native American Programs at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at OUHSC. Funded since 1994 by the Children’s Bureau, she has directed Project Making Medicine and, from 2003, she has directed the Indian Country Child Trauma Center where she was instrumental in the cultural adaptations of evidence based child treatments. Under her guidance, four EBTs were enhanced for American Indian and Alaska Native families in Indian Country, titled the Honoring Children Series.  One of the four is Honoring Children – Mending the Circle, a cultural enhancement of TF-CBT, for use with AI/AN children and their families. Dr. BigFoot has over 15 published articles and chapters, including serving as the lead author of the recent publication, “Adapting Evidence-Based Treatments for Use with American Indians and Native Alaskan Children and Youth.” Dr. BigFoot has served as PI on thirteen federally funded projects.  Other distinctions include her service on the SAMHSA/CMHS National Advisory Council, National Network to Eliminate Health Disparities, and on the working groups for the Indian Health Service and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She was selected to attend the White House conference on children’s mental health and is Past President of the Society of Indian Psychologists. Dr. BigFoot has over 30 years of experience and is knowledgeable about the concerns of implementation and adaptation of evidenced based practices being introduced into Indian Country. Dr. BigFoot is a member of the national TF-CBT Trainer Network.

Michael Gomez, Ph.D.

Michael Gomez, Ph.D.

National TF-CBT Trainer

michael.d.gomez@ttuhsc.edu

Dr. Michael Gomez is the Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Assistant Professor at the Pediatrics Department of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  He completed his doctoral work at the University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program and completed both his pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in pediatric psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).  Since 2010, Dr. Gomez has provided training and consultation in the assessment and treatment of children exposed to trauma.  He is also a member of the OUHSC training team for treatment of problematic sexual behaviors (PSB) in adolescents.  He is a member of the national TF-CBT trainer network. Additionally, Dr. Gomez is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).