The CIP Welcomes Trauma Informed Care Expert, Bobbi Beale

The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP), a part of the Begun Center at the Mandel School, recently welcomed Bobbi Beale, PsyD., as a Senior Research Associate. Dr. Beale previously served as the Director of the Center for Applied Resilience at Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, Ohio and she has been serving at-risk youth and families since 1991, first as a home-based therapist, then a program supervisor, program designer, and division director.

Dr. Beale has specialized in designing non-traditional therapy programs for youth populations that are at risk or have trauma histories. Her programs have utilized adventure therapy (AT) to increase skills and resiliency, and include individual, family and group applications. She also worked on validating AT with clinical research in Trauma Informed Day Treatment and implementing a new AT program with home-based and multi-family group components.

Bobbi is also a trainer and consultant on issues related to youth including: Trauma & Resiliency, Bullying, Supportive Behavior Management, Outcomes, Cultural Diversity, Evidence-Based Practices and Teambuilding. She has worked extensively with various behavioral health agencies and public schools throughout Ohio, training mental health workers, educators, medical personnel, and court workers in Trauma Informed Care, as well as providing and supervising assessment and direct services for trauma survivors, families and youth.

What Is the Trauma-Informed Care Initiative?
The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Developmental Disabilities (DODD) collaborate on a statewide Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Initiative intended to promote a greater sense of safety, security and equality among consumers and clients.

TIC is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people’s lives. TIC means that every part of an organization or program understands the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact. Working through six Regional Collaboratives, the initiative is expanding opportunities for Ohioans to receive trauma-informed interventions.