Core Priniciples of Trauma Informed Care: The Essentials

May 15, 2014
9:00am - 4:30pm

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

keynote presentation

Nelba Marquez-Greene, founder of The Ana Grace Project, has deep knowledge and a long history of service in the area of mental health. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked in private practice, community mental health and academic settings in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to founding the Ana Grace Project of Klingberg Family Centers, Nelba served as the Coordinator for Klingberg Family Therapy Center’s outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic and was an adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University.

The Greene/Marquez-Greene family had only moved to Sandy Hook, CT from Canada four months before the shooting that took their beloved daughter’s life. Ana Grace was 6 years old.  Nelba has chosen to commit her life to raising her surviving son who was also in the building the day of the shooting.  

Nelba and her husband Jimmy have partnered with Klingberg Family Centers to develop “The Ana Grace Project.” The goal of The Ana Grace Project is to promote love, community and connection for every child and family. “Love wins” is the family slogan they adopted after Ana’s senseless murder.  It inspired the composition of a song by the same name written by Harry Connick, Jr.

Nelba holds a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Joseph College. Nelba was the founding member of the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s (CTAMFT) Diversity Committee and has served on the CTAMFT Board of Directors.  For her efforts, she has received the 2004 Minority Fellowship Award by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the 2004 Distinguished Professional Service Award and the 2013 Service to Families Award by the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CTAMFT).  

Nelba has testified and advocated at the state and federal level on many different mental health initiatives.  

Featured Speakers

Linda Ligenza supports national behavioral health quality improvement initiatives, with focus on helping organizations become trauma-informed. She was formerly with SAMHSA as the disaster trauma expert and lead for the FEMA-funded crisis counseling program in the Traumatic Stress Services Branch. She served as advisor to the SAMHSA Administrator, U.S. Surgeon General, and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to the Gulf Coast oil spill. Ligenza worked with the New York State Office of Mental Health for 20 years and was involved in the coordination of the New York City mental health response for families affected by 9/11. She is a social worker specializing in facilitating implementation of evidence-based clinical interventions, including treatments for trauma and a Mental Health First Aid instructor. As faculty to the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Ligenza has led many behavioral health organizations toward developing a culture of trauma-informed care.

Cheryl Sharp holds the unique perspective of a person with a severe mental illness, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental illness, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 25 years and trains and speaks nationally on trauma-informed care. She is an advanced level WRAP facilitator, Mental Health First Aid USA instructor, and trainer of Intentional Peer Support. Sharp is also an ordained minister. She has worked as a hospice/medical social worker and as a director of social services for a skilled nursing facility. She received the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities. As the leader of the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Sharp has led many behavioral health organizations in preparing to offer trauma-informed care.

Judith Siegel has been a faculty member of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU since 1989. Prior to joining NYU, she was a faculty member of Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to her scholarship in the areas of intimacy and family relationships, Dr. Siegel has published in the area of neuroscience research and emotion with recent articles appearing in Family Process; Trauma, Violence and Abuse; and Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She has also been published inThe Clinical Social Work Journal; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; The Journal of Family Psychology; The American Journal of Family Therapy; Psychoanalytic Inquiry; The Journal of Family Social Work; The Journal of Emotional Abuse; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; The Journal of Couples; The Journal of Traumatic Stress; Health and Social Work; The Journal of Reproductive Medicine; Family Systems Medicine; Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics; and the Journal of Independent Social Work. Dr. Siegel has presented her work throughout the United States and abroad. Read more

Dr. Tazuko Shibusawa received her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Shibusawa's research focuses on the health and mental health of older adults and their families, including Asian immigrants, women who are at risk for abuse, and older adults who struggle with substance abuse. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program.

Dr. Shibusawa teaches in the MSW and doctoral programs in the area of advanced clinical practice. She has also been involved in integrating new media technology in the teaching and learning of practice skills. Dr. Shibusawa also teaches summer intensives in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Shibusawa's clinical experiences include director of social services, Keiro Nursing Home in Los Angeles, California; psychiatric social worker, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center; co-director of Counseling International in Tokyo, Japan; and mental health consultant for the World Health Organization. Dr. Shibusawa received post-graduate training in the areas family therapy, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, and trauma studies.

Carol Tosone is an associate professor of social work and recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Tosone, who joined the NYU Silver School of Social Work faculty in 1993, is a Distinguished Scholar in Social Work in the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC. In 2007, Dr. Tosone was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for teaching and research at the Hanoi University of Education in Vietnam. She also taught as Distinguished Visiting Lydia Rappaport Professor at Smith College for Social Work in 2004. Dr. Tosone completed her psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, where she was the recipient of the Postgraduate Memorial Award.

Prior to her appointment at NYU, Dr. Tosone was an assistant professor of social work in psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is editor-in-chief of the Clinical Social Work Journal and serves on the editorial boards of Social Work in Mental Health, Social Work in Health Care, Psychoanalytic Social Work, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and the online journal Beyond the Couch.

Dr. Tosone is also the author of numerous professional articles and book chapters, and co-editor of two books, Love and Attachment: Contemporary Issues and Treatment Considerations and Doing More with Less: Using Long-term Skills in Short-term Treatment. She has also served as the executive producer and writer of educational and community service media, including Why Am I Here?: Engaging the Reluctant Client; Feel Free to Feel Better: FEMA Trauma Training; and Rewarding Challenges: Social Work with Older Adults. Dr. Tosone has been quoted or cited in many newspapers and magazines as an expert on trauma, and women’s issues. Since joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Tosone has delivered over 100 professional papers and presentations in academic, medical, and mental health settings in the United States, as well as international venues in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Dr. Mary McKay joined the New York University Silver School of Social Work in September 2011 as the McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies and director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Prior to joining Silver, she served as the head of the Division of Mental Health Services Research at Mount Sinai. She has received substantial federal funding for research focused on meeting the mental health and health prevention needs of inner-city youth and families. Working with colleagues in the field, she developed a substantial body of research findings around engagement practices to improve involvement in family-based HIV prevention programs and mental health services by children, youth, and families in poverty-impacted urban areas. She has significant expertise in services and implementation research methods, as well as 15 years of experience conducting HIV prevention and care-oriented studies, all of which has been supported by continuous NIH funding. In addition, she has collaborated with the National Institute of Mental Health, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to create evidence-based engagement interventions and to test models of dissemination and training for mental health professionals in engagement best practices.

The study that began her career in HIV science is CHAMP (Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project), a collaborative effort between university and community members to provide HIV prevention and mental health promotion services in urban, low-income communities. This project began in Chicago and has been replicated in New York City, South Africa, and Trinidad and expanded to new populations, homeless families, and perinataly infected youth and their adult caregivers. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications on the topics of mental and behavioral health, HIV/AIDS prevention and behavior modification, and other urban health issues.


Understanding the effects of trauma on individuals, groups, and communities is a key factor in delivering effective social work services. Research indicates that trauma, both psychological and physical, can lead to health and mental health problems.

This conference will concentrate on evidence-based trauma treatments. The program will define the core elements of trauma, including: trauma in the recovery process; neurobiological implications of trauma; EBP and emerging interventions; and practice. Through this conference, participants will gain core knowledge on which to build a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and how to work with those who have experienced traumatic life events to promote healing. 


9:00 – 9:15 am Registration and Breakfast
9:15 – 9:35 am


Carol Tosone, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work

9:35 – 10:35 am

Keynote Presentation

Nelba Márquez-Greene, LMFT, Director of Mental Health and Relational Wellness, Sandy Hook Promise

10:35 – 10:55 am Break
10:55 – 11:40 am

The Many Faces of Trauma”

Tazuko Shibusawa, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean, Professional Programs; Director, MSW Program, NYU Silver School of Social Work

11:40 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Neurobiology and Treatment

Judith Siegel, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work

1:45 – 2:30 pm

EPB and Emerging Therapies

Carol Tosone, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work

2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm

Aspects of Trauma Informed Care

Mary McKernan McKay, PhD, MSW, McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies; Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU Silver School of Social Work

Linda Ligenza, LCSW, Central Region Learning Community Liaison; ClinicalServices Director, The National Council

Cheryl Sharp, MSW, MWT, CSST, Senior Advisor for Trauma Informed Services, Services Director, The National Council

3:30 – 4:00 pm Wrap Up