Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI) Monthly Training Series
A monthly training series geared towards addressing vicarious trauma response across VTRI Community Implementation Site partners.
Target Audience: Community Implementation Sites
Overall Objective: A training series hosted by the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative for all partner organizations across the 12 Community Implementation Sites focusing on mitigating the negative effects of work-related trauma exposure and building partnerships and collaborations to address vicarious trauma response on an organizational level.
Project Funding Provided By: The Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Includes: Monthly webinars hosted by the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative
Jackie Wallen, LCPC
Resiliency Counseling Collective
Jackie Wallen earned degrees from Cedarville University and Chicago State University. Prior to her recent move to the East Coast, she resided for 14 years in Cicero, IL where she was actively involved in helping the local communities become more trauma informed, focusing on school systems and law enforcement . She served as the Associate Director of Counseling Services at Youth Crossroads, a youth serving non-profit that works with marginalized youth and family. She was instrumental in helping Cicero PD and Maywood PD develop officer wellness programs in her role as their Department Clinician. She is currently working with Volunteers of America Alaska and the Anchorage Public School System to develop school based counseling programs in 9 public schools. She frequently finds herself in the role bridge builder—finding great meaning in helping marginalized individuals/groups and systems work together for the betterment of all. When she isn’t working, Jackie loves having adventures with her husband, Joel, and their children, Justus and Deacon.
Meg has over twenty years of experience as a Domestic Violence professional. As Associate Director of Sarah’s Inn, one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence agencies serving Chicago and the West Cook County suburbs, Ms. Hefty oversees all advocacy and counseling programs, including the legal advocacy program and partner abuse intervention program. During her nineteen years with Sarah’s Inn, she has built successful partnerships for solid legal programming at two courthouses, became the lead trainer for law enforcement personnel, and was named Advocate of the Year by the States Attorneys’ Office (2006). Ms. Hefty is also served as co-chair of the Cicero Community Collaborative, a coalition of local service providers focused on improving the health, education, and well-being of Cicero children, youth and families. Ms. Hefty served for many years on the Board of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. and City of Chicago's Community Development Advisory Committee. She has also served as an expert witness in several domestic violence related Child Welfare cases. She holds a B.A. in Behavioral Science and Law from University of Wisconsin, Madison and is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional and a Partner Abuse Intervention Program counselor.
Meghan Meyer, Ed.D
Community Consolidated School District 15, Formerly at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201
Dr. Meghan Meyer is a former member of the Cicero Community Collaborative Health and Safety Committee and current member of the Beyond Trauma team. Through her work with supporting students in her career as a school psychologist, she has become a passionate advocate and educator on trauma as she recognizes how trauma significantly impacts youth and communities. Meghan received her doctorate in school psychology with a specialization in mental health from Loyola University and focused on building a trauma-informed school for her dissertation research. She worked within her former and current school districts and the communities to build awareness on trauma in hopes to build resilience and better support students, teachers and families. In her free time, she loves spending time with her young children and her family. Reading, walking and traveling help keep her life in balance.
National Children's Advocacy Center
Karen Hangartner, LMSW, is Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a project of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) and a TTA Coordinator with the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI). The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse victims in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). Ms. Hangartner holds a BS degree in Psychology from Athens State University and Masters in Social Work from The University of Alabama. She has been with the National Children’s Advocacy Center since 2003, spending four years in the Prevention department before beginning work with the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. As Project Director for SRCAC, Karen is responsible for developing and delivering training for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Multidisciplinary teams, and State Chapter organizations across 16 states and the District of Columbia. She has conducted more than 200 trainings for MDTs, CACs and Chapters in the Southern region. She also presents at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics including, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Teams, Team Functioning, and Leading in a Multidisciplinary Environment. She also works with regional and national partners on collaborative projects. Prior to joining the NCAC staff, Karen served as Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
Gainesville, Florida, Police Department
Captain Rob Fanelli is currently an operations commander at the Gainesville Police Department. Prior to his promotion to captain he was the Criminal Investigations Division Commander. He has 18 years of law enforcement experience with a diverse career. He has experience in policy writing and compliance, investigations, street crime units, and administration. His goal is to improve the profession of Law Enforcement by challenging thoughts and misconceptions, sharing ideas, encouraging communication across agencies and disciplines, and passing knowledge on to a new generation of law enforcement officers.
Captain Fanelli has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Criminology. He went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and completed his dissertation on Effective Police Organizational Structure: Managerial Economics of a Police Department. As a result of his participation in several IACP projects on enhancing response to gender-based violence he now provides technical assistance and is a consultant for the IACP. He is currently enrolled as a fellow in the Bloomberg School of Public at Johns Hopkins pursuing a Master’s In Public Health with a focus on violence in communities.