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The TLC for Youth (TLC) is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in both suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following the sudden losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness. This is accomplished through county, regional and statewide conferences, training, consultation and technical assistance.  The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up to date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, trauma response and resiliency enhancement.
 
The TLC is funded by the NJ Department of Children and Families. There is a TLC coordinator in each county. These county coordinators provide meetings throughout the year bringing together school personnel, mental health clinicians, juvenile justice personnel, law enforcement officials, social service agencies and child welfare workers. The meetings are effective forums for reviewing crisis events, identifying service needs, and providing professional development through the inclusion of an educational presentation. 
 
The TLC Coordinators also work within their counties to either develop a Lead Response Team (LRT)  or to support an existing one. These teams remain available to assist schools when needed following a traumatic loss event. The members of the team are trained in Post Traumatic Stress Management  (PTSM) for youth. 
 
How Can the TLC Benefit Your School and Community?
 
Provide county coalition meetings for the purpose of disseminating information and reviewing best practices in the areas of mental health, trauma and suicide prevention. Educator Professional Development Credits are available.
 
Coordinate a two hour Suicide Awareness Training for Educators to fulfill the professional development requirement.
 
Provide training in Post Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) for school crisis team members to assist in implementing the postvention provisions in the NJ Dept of Education's document titled School Safety and Security Manual: Best Practices Guidelines.
 
Provide regional training workshops in the Chronological Assessment of Suicidal Events (CASE) Approach. (developed by Shawn Christopher Shea, MD). Half day workshop provides front line counselors and clinicians with state of the art skills necessary to tackle one of the most difficult clinical situations facing them: gathering valid data about ideation, plan and intent during a suicide assessment. These trainings are free.
 
Provide schools for no charge, assistance from the TLC's Lead Response Teams (LRT) in the event of a traumatic loss. Assistance can range from phone consultation and support to the provision of on-site services.
 
Consult with schools and communities regarding evidenced based suicide curricula. This consultation can help schools fulfill the requirements of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.
 
 To get to the TLC web site simply click on the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth  just below this:
 

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth

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Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth
County Coordinators:
 
Atlantic County:  
Patty Weeks, MA- 609-625-6051
patty.weeks@stockton.edu
The Richard Stockton College of NJ 
 
Bergen County:
Sue Heguy, LCSW 201-797-2660 x 129
sueh@careplusnj.org
Care Plus NJ, Inc
 
Burlington County:
Elfrieda Francis 609-265-5538
efrancis@co.burlington.nj.us
 
Camden County:
Barbara Maronski, LSW (609) 230-8933
bmaronski@centerffs.org
 
Cape May County:
Chris Miller, MA
(609) 465-4100 x 141  cell: 609-374-2913
cmiller@capemaycounseling.org
Cape May Counseling Services
 
Cumberland County:
Elvira Smith, MS, CSW- (856)- 305-2138
esmith.tlc@gmail.com
Cumberland County Guidance Center
 
Essex County:
Arlene O'Connell, MA, LPC, (973) 239-5382
aoclpc@aol.com
UMDNJ University Behavioral HealthCare
 
Gloucester County:
Barbara Maronski, LSW (609)- 230-8933
bmaronski@centerffs.org
 
Hudson County:
Silvana Gomez, MA (201) 915-2268
SGomez@Libertyhcs.org
Jersey City Medical Center
 
Hunterdon County:
Ursula Kasperek   908-788-6401 x3109
kasperek.ursula@hunterdonhealthcare.org
 
 

Mercer County: 
Steve Olsen (609) 278-7924
solsen@mercercounty.org
Funded by the NJ Dept of Health and Senior Services
 
Middlesex County:
Sue Coyle 609-915-0684
tlcmiddlesexcounty@gmail.com
UMDNJ University Behavioral HealthCare
 
Monmouth County:
Heather Soto732-956-7782
 hsoto@cymca.org
 
 
Morris County:
Mary Vineis 973-686-2228
mvineis@newbridge.org 
 
Ocean County:
Karen Bright, MA, LPC  (732) 773-8087
Oceantic@aol.com
Kimball Medical Center
 
Passaic County:
Daniel Silitsky, PhD  (732) 718-3535
drslits47@aol.com
UMDNJ University Behavioral HealthCare
 
Salem County:
Jennifer Kugler 856-881-8689 ext 202
jkugler@robinsnestinc.org 
 
Somerset County:
Naomi Persaud 908-253-3167
persaud@co.somerset.nj.us
 
Sussex County:
Daniel Silitsky, PhD  (732) 718-3535
drslits47@aol.com
UMDNJ University Behavioral HealthCare
 
Union County:
Krizia Jimenez-Mdrano, LSW
908-994-7148  Cell: 908-209-0539
email: kjimenez@trinitas.org
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
 
 
Warren County: (acting)
Darrell Buckner MSW, LSW (908) 454-4470 x301
ldbuckner@fgcwc.org
Warren Family Guidance Center
 
 
 

How can the TLC Benefit Your School and Community:
 
  • Coordinate a two hour suicide awareness training for educators
  • Provide Post Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) for school crisis team members to assist in postvention
  • Provide regional training workshops in Chronological Assessment of Suicidal Events (CASE) Approach
  • Provide schools at no charge with the TLC's Lead Response Teams (LRT) in the event of a traumatic loss. Assistance can range from phone consultation and support to the provision of on site services.
  • Consult with schools and communities regarding evidenced-based suicide curricula.  

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