The vision of the Cross-Systems Training Institute is that “All Colorado behavioral health providers, child-, youth-, and family-serving professionals, and peer support providers have the professional development and support they need to best serve Colorado’s children, youth, families, and individuals with complex needs.”
The goals of the Cross-Systems Training Institute are as follows:
- Quality – All clients in Colorado’s behavioral health system receive high-quality, individualized, trauma-responsive services, care coordination, and support.
- Fidelity – Fidelity is high and consistent for all clients in high-fidelity wraparound or other evidence-based practice models.
- Opportunity – All providers receive the professional development and support they need to excel.
- Responsiveness – CSTI is committed to being responsive to the changing needs of the workforce.
The Cross-Systems Training Institute is governed by the CSTI Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee members are content experts and state/community representatives who serve the following roles:
- Guide decision-making on what trainings, professional development, and technical assistance resources CSTI should develop with available funding;
- Ensure CSTI is implementing existing scopes of work with fidelity and quality to support programs in Colorado communities;
- Oversee guidelines for new trainers to be approved to train CSTI curricula; and
- Recommend potential strategies and funding sources for CSTI that the Office of Behavioral Health staff should consider pursuing to better meet the professional development needs of the providers in the communities.
The following individuals collaboratively lead the Cross-Systems Training Institute:
Ashley Brock-Baca, PhD
Ashley Brock-Baca has a PhD in developmental cognitive psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. After completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder, she began working in Colorado’s government and non-profit sector to develop services for children with behavioral health challenges and exposure to trauma. For the past eight years, she has worked with COACT Colorado, the trauma-informed system of care initiative, at the Office of Behavioral Health. She currently serves as the Trauma Responsive Service Array Developer at OBH and works to align services and supports for children and youth affected by trauma. Dr. Brock-Baca is a certified trainer of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Core Curriculum on Child and Adolescent Trauma and the Child and Adolescent Needs & Strengths (CANS) assessment. She is the founder and director of the Cross-Systems Training Institute, and she has developed or co-developed over 160 hours of training curricula for CSTI. Dr. Brock-Baca can be reached at ashley.brock-baca @ state.co.us
Evelín Gómez, PhD
Dr. Gómez has a PhD in counselor education and supervision from University of Northern Colorado. She is the Director of the Trauma-Responsive Practice and Implementation Program at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is a bilingual, Spanish speaking, and bicultural licensed clinician. Her expertise includes an extensive background in child abuse and neglect and trauma; evidence-based treatments and approaches; substance abuse issues; community mental health; educational, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues; early childhood interventions; and integrated primary care behavioral health services. She is a supervisor in several evidence-based treatments including TF-CBT, CPP, AF-CBT, and ICTC and a clinical provider of several other EBPs. She also provides supervision and consultation in both Spanish and English in mental health, infant mental health, and early childhood. She has a broad experience in diversity issues and with various populations including families, adolescents, young children, and infants. Dr. Gómez facilitates the CSTI Advisory Board and is a co-developer and trainer of several CSTI curricula. Dr. Gómez can be reached at evelin.gomez @ childrenscolorado.org
Angèle Fauchier, PhD
Dr. Fauchier began her career researching investigative child abuse interviewing at National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from University of Southern California and completed her clinical internship at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Fauchier completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of New Hampshire then taught at universities in Maine and New Hampshire. In 2012 she joined the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Implementation and Evaluation for the Trauma-Responsive Implementation and Practice Program. She has served as an officer for the Colorado Implementation Collaborative since 2013. Her research focuses on parenting, family violence, and the intersection between the two; she is also the director of the International Parenting Study, examining parenting across 23 countries. She has studied children's exposure to violence, violence in different types of family relationships, and programs to prevent and treat trauma exposure. Her work at Kempe, with CSTI as well as other agencies, currently focuses on incorporating trauma-responsive practices into Colorado's behavioral health, social services, justice, and educational systems and on building the resilience of those who work with traumatized populations. Dr. Fauchier manages the CSTI Learning Management System and is a co-developer and trainer of several CSTI curricula. Dr. Fauchier can be reached at angele.fauchier @ cuanschutz.edu
Current Training Curricula
See the CSTI course catalog for a full list of available trainings and their descriptions. CSTI offers 161 hours of training in the following content areas:
- 29 hours of training in systems of care for children with behavioral health challenges, including training for peer specialists
- 58 hours of training in high-fidelity wraparound, including training for staff, team members, supervisors, and coaches
- 54 hours of training in trauma-responsive care, including specialized topics such as preventing and addressing secondary traumatic stress and trauma-responsive practices in education
- 20 hours of training in dual diagnosis (IDD/mental health), including foundational training for a broad audience and training for clinicians on adapting mental health therapy for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
In addition to these curricula developed by CSTI, some CSTI-affiliated trainers are certified national trainers of other curricula. Dr. Evelín Gómez, Dr. Angèle Fauchier, and Dr. Brock-Baca are certified trainers of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Core Curriculum on Child and Adolescent Trauma. Dr. Fauchier and Dr. Gomez are experienced NCTSN affiliates. Dr. Brock-Baca and Dr. Detre Godinez are certified trainers of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment.
The Cross-Systems Training Institute (CSTI) hosts training, coaching, credentialing, and technical assistance for providers across systems who work with children, youth, families, and individuals with complex needs. CSTI currently has four primary activities:
- Training, coaching, and credentialing the system of care workforce (High-Fidelity Wraparound facilitators, coaches, and family/youth support partners), including providing the training, coaching, and credentialing required under COACT Colorado and the Children’s Habilitation Residential Program (CHRP) waiver;
- Providing trauma-responsive care training and consultation across the child-, youth-, and family-serving systems (including schools) utilizing Colorado’s Trauma Responsive Theories of Change;
- Leading communities of practice and trainings focused on special populations within systems of care, including individuals dually diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges; and
- Tracking training and completion of requirements for the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessors and trainers.
Future activities may include expansion of training and consultation for agencies serving families with complex needs and additional training for behavioral health programs such as prevention.