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Secondary Traumatic Stress
NCTSN Core Curriculum on Child Trauma Training
Domestic Violence Group Treatment Model for Adult Victims and Their Children
Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
For more than fifteen years, Dr. Ross has overseen programs in research, evaluation, training, and implementation of evidence-based practices and trauma-informed care for children and families at Children’s Institute, Inc.(CII) in Los Angeles, CA. She was formerly the Vice President of the Child Trauma Center at CII and the PI for CII’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) program from 2005-2017.
She is currently the Director at the UCLA-DUKE University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress of the Core Curriculum on Child Trauma (CCCT) implementation and training across the country. Dr. Ross is also part of the NCTSN Task Force on the development of the CCCT and a faculty member of the NCTSN Child Trauma Training Academy and Wellness Center.
She is the co-founder of the NCTSN STS collaborative group which focused on prevention and intervention of Secondary Traumatic Stress associated with providers who work with children and families exposed to trauma and co-author of The Secondary Traumatic Stress Inventory (STSI-OA) and STS
Organizational Change Framework Model. Dr. Ross facilitates training nationwide on Creating Trauma-Informed Organizations and reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress and building a resilient workforce.
Dr. Ross is the co- founder of the NCTSN Secondary Traumatic Stress collaborative working group which focuses on prevention and intervention of the occupational risk of Secondary Trauma associated with working with people exposed to trauma. She is co-author of CII’s “Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach” group treatment model for adult victims and their children, and provides training and consultation on that model for Children and Families Exposed to Domestic Violence.
STS Organizational Assessment STSI-OA: Sprang, G., Ross, L., Blackshear, K., Miller, B., Vrabel, C., Ham, J., Henry, J., and Caringi, J. (2014). The Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA) tool, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children, #14-STS001, Lexington, Kentucky available online : www.ctac.uky.edu/CTAC
Ross. L.A. (2014) Creating a Culture of Wellness for Provider’s In Harm’s Way. In Reece, R., Hanson, R., Sargent, J. (2nd Ed.) Treatment of Child Abuse: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical, and Legal Practitioners. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press
Sprang, G., Ross, L., Miller, B. C., Blackshear, K., & Ascienzo, S. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Secondary Traumatic Stress–Informed Organizational Assessment. Traumatology, 23(2), 165-171.
Fraynt, R., Ross, L., Baker, B.L., Rystad, I., Lee, Janet, Briggs, E. Predictors of Treatment Engagement in Ethnically Diverse, Urban Children Receiving Treatment for Trauma Exposure. Journal of Traumatic Stress (2014).
Layne, C. M., Strand, V., Popescu , M., Kaplow, J.B., Abramovitz, R., Stuber, M., Amaya-Jackson, L., Ross L.A., &. Pynoos, R. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (2014): Using the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma to Strengthen Clinical Knowledge in Evidence-Based Practitioners, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
Layne, C. M., Ghosh-Ippen, C., Strand, V., Stuber, M., Abramovitz, R., Reyes, G., Jackson, L.A., Ross, L.A., Lipscomb, C.A. (2011). The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma: A Tool for Training a Trauma-Informed Workforce. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2011, Vol. 3, No. 3, 243-252 2011 American Psychological Association.
Gaba, R., Ph.D., M.F.T., Seilicovich, I., Ross, L., Shin, H., Foy, P., & Foy, D. (2007). The Los Angeles Symptom Checklist: A Self-Report Measure of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children. Submitted for publication.
Larson, L. C., Foy, D.W., Eriksson, C. B., Ross, L.A., & Pynoos, R. S. (2002). Community reactions to terrorist attack: Findings and implications from Oklahoma City bombing-related studies. The Los Angeles Psychologist, 16,13-14.
Gaba, R., Seilicovich, I., Ross, L.A., Foy, P., & Foy, D.W., (2004). Comparison Between Maternal and Child Traumatic Stress: Families Exposed to Domestic Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Ross, L.A., Psy.D., Larson, L.C., M.A., M.P.H., Gaba, R., Ph.D., M.F.T., Seilicovich, M.F.T., & Foy, P., B.A. (2005). Developmental Differences in Self-Reported Domestic Violence Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 22, 5-11.
Recent Presentations and Trainings
Leslie Anne Ross, PsyD
Consultant and Trainer
for Individuals and Organizations
Secondary Traumatic Stress Consulting
Consulting and training for individuals, organizations, small group seminars, and webinars on intervention strategies to manage secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout related to working with victims of violence abuse and trauma.
Psychologist and Somatic Therapist
Private Practice Psychotherapy
With more that 30 years of training and practice in touch therapy combined with psychology work in addressing trauma in the body, this practice addresses both cognitive and somatic processes to trauma recovery, stress management, and healing.