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 Matthew D. Kliethermes, Ph.D., is the Training Director at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL)
and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
(UMSL).  Dr. Kliethermes has over 15 years of experience and extensive training in the field of child trauma.  He
provides direct clinical services to youth exposed to trauma, supervises mental health trainees, teaches at the
undergraduate level, and provides frequent training and consultation at local, state, and national levels.  Dr. Kliethermes
 is a nationally certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trainer and the author of multiple book
chapters and articles pertaining to TF-CBT and childhood trauma.     
     







                                                     
Amy Escott, MS, LPC
, is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing evidence-based, group and individual psychotherapy                                                                                                                                                                    
to children and adolescents at Children’s Advocacy Se rvices. Ms. Escott received her Master’s degree in Child Clinical and
Developmental Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University.  Within her training program, Ms. Escott gained expertise
in the development, assessment, and treatment of child psychopathology, particularly anxiety disorders. 

In her position at CASGSL, Ms. Escott provides treatment to clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma,
including sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, community violence, and traumatic grief. Ms. Escott also
collaborates with the Center for Violence Prevention through the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University on the
Girls Aspiring Toward Independence project, a research project testing the effectiveness of a trauma-focused group therapy
program for teen girls in the Child Welfare System. Additionally, Ms. Escott co-directs CASGSL’s Child and Family Traumatic
Stress Intervention, a brief therapy program designed to reduce the impact of trauma on children and families within the first
 thirty days after a child has experienced or disclosed a traumatic event. Her clinical interests include assessment of trauma symptoms
in early childhood, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT),
                                                    treatment for children with sexual behavior problems, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS).


Jerry H. Dunn, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis and oversees the clinical,
forensic,research and training activities of the agency's two sites. Dr. Dunn is a licensed psychologist and is an Assistant Clinical
Professor in the
Department of Psychology at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her clinical and research interests involve assessment
and treatment 
of high-risk children and their family members in community and school-based settings. Dr. Dunn received her
doctorate in Clinical Psychology 
at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, interned with the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium
and completed her post-doctoral fellowship 
at the Community Psychological Service.Dr. Dunn maintains active membership in
child-centered organizations at the local, state and federal levels. She chairs the Advisory Council for the St. Louis Family and
Community Partnership, works with the Missouri Network of Child Advocacy Centers, reports to the Board of Directors for
Missouri Kids First and acts as the agency liaison to the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network.





Kristin Barker, MSW, LCSW, is the Manager of Clinical Operations and a licensed clinical social worker at Children’s Advocacy Services.
Ms. Barker received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in
St. Louis. Currently, Ms. Barker provides direct clinical services to youth exposed to trauma and their caregivers, supervises the clinical work
of mental health trainees, and is a trainer for the Missouri Academy for Child Trauma Studies (MoACTS). Ms. Barker’s areas of interest include
the treatment and assessment of complex trauma, trauma-informed parenting, and supporting the implementation and sustainability of
trauma-informed, evidence-based practices in communities and organizations.









 Kate Drewry, MSW, LCSW, is the Manager of Clinical Services at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis at the University of
Missouri—St. Louis. Ms. Drewry completed her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and earned her master’s degree
in social work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. Ms. Drewry has more than 15 years’ experience in the field
of child trauma. She is a nationally certified trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Level I trainer in Parent-Child
Interaction Therapy. Ms. Drewry provides direct clinical services to children and families who have experienced traumatic events, clinical
supervision of mental health trainees, and training and case consultation at the state and national levels. Ms. Drewry’s subspecialty areas
include traumatic grief (e.g., children who have witnessed interparental homicide) and children with problematic sexual behavior.








TIPS Training Faculty

Evette Bean, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides individual psychotherapy therapy and other clinical services
for children and adolescents through CASGSL. Ms. Bean received her Masters of Education in Community Counseling from the University
of Missouri-St. Louis.  She has an extensive history of providing services to children and their families that suffer with severe mental
illness. She currently is serving children who have been exposed to various trauma including sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying
and traumatic loss. Ms. Bean is currently working with several evidence-based practices, including TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy) and CFTSI (Children and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention).










Andrea Cox, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing evidence-based, individual, group, and family psychotherapy to 
children and adolescents at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL). Ms. Cox received her Master of Education in 
Community Counseling from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Before working at CASGSL, Ms. Cox worked as an educator for more
than thirteen years where she learned the importance of helping children work through behavioral and social concerns. In her position at CASGSL, 
she provides treatment to clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, 
inter-partner violence, community violence, and traumatic grief.
Ms. Cox is trained in the following trauma-focused treatment interventions: Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), 
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT), Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive 
Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and Problematic Sexual Behavior Problems-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preschool Children (PSB-CBT-P). 
Ms. Cox is the Program Manager for Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), which is a school-based group therapy 
intervention for trauma-impacted children. She is also on the Trauma-Informed Programming In Schools (TIPS) team where she is able to support 
educators in learning to better understand the impact that trauma has on academic functioning.


Lance H. Linke, Ph.D., is a child and adolescent therapist providing clinical services to families at Children’s Advocacy Center. He is trained as a
clinical, developmental and educational psychologist with an emphasis on emotional information processing and self-regulation. Dr. Linke has worked
nationally and internationally with departments and ministries of health and education to create interdisciplinary, collaborative frameworks that focus
on the importance of emotional development across cultures. His clinical work experience includes individual, group and large-scale trauma-informed
treatment modalities. Dr. Linke has held faculty positions at Hawaii Pacific University and Yale University School of Medicine. He has published in the
fields of cultural, educational, and clinical psychology.








Laura Kaehler, Ph.D., is also a member of the TIPS Team.



 

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