Elizabeth Risch is based at OU Health Sciences Center, Norman, where she assesses and treats trauma- exposed children with sexual problems and trains/consults in child trauma treatment best practice models.

Roy Van Tassell introduces the trauma focused training model to therapeutic foster care professionals. A trauma specialist, he has participated in national and state learning collaborative trainings in this model.

A new 12-month Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training program launches this summer for therapists, supervisors and program directors of Therapeutic Foster Care agencies serving Tulsa area children and youth. Following this in-depth training, therapists will be eligible for the new TF-CBT certification and agencies will be responsible for sustaining the practice model.

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model that targets children’s response to trauma, resulting in more stable emotions and improved behavior. Caregivers learn to deal with their emotions and how t0 support their children.

Faculty includes Roy Van Tassell, MS LPC, clinical supervisor for child abuse and trauma services at Tulsa’s Family & Children’s Services, and Elizabeth Risch, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Child Protection Coalition is organizing in this training program, collaborating with Oklahoma DHS, Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association, Family & Children’s Services, and OU Center for Child Abuse and Neglect. Training for participants in this pilot project is free, funded by Tulsa private foundations.

For information, please contact the Coalition’s director, kristine@protectioncoalition.org

Representatives of Tulsa’s therapeutic foster care facilities attended an informational event outlining the 12-month trauma-focused training program.