All Community Connections' lead trainer/consultants hold key leadership positions within the agency, in either clinical, management, and/or research positions. Our areas of expertise include: Trauma-Specific Treatment Approaches, Creating Cultures of Trauma-Informed Care, and the Integration of Mental Health, Addictions, and Trauma Services. We are a recognized national leader in the delivery of creative and constantly evolving, evidence-based services for our consumers and our community, and training colleagues around the country in our approaches and interventions.
Our areas of expertise include: Trauma-Specific Treatment Approaches, Creating Cultures of Trauma-Informed Care, and the Integration of Mental Health, Addictions, and Trauma Services. We are a recognized national leader in the delivery of creative and constantly evolving, evidence-based services for our consumers and our community, and training colleagues around the country in our approaches and interventions.
To arrange a training or consultation in your agency or service system, please contact Lori L. Beyer, LICSW, Director of Trauma Training at (202) 608-4788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Maxine Harris, Ph.D.
Co-Founder of Community Connections
Maxine Harris is CEO for Clinical Affairs and Co-Founder of Community Connections, a private, not-for-profit mental health agency in Washington, DC. She is also the Executive Director of The National Capital Center for Trauma Recovery and Empowerment. In the past several years, Community Connections has specialized in gender-specific approaches to treating women and men, trauma survivors, homeless persons, and substance abusers. Dr. Harris, in collaboration with investigators from Dartmouth Medical School, has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous federally funded grant projects including: A Randomized Controlled Study of the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) & PTSD (funded by National Institutes of Mental Health), the DC Trauma Collaboration Study funded under the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Study (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), and several other federally funded grants to study homeless women, substance-addicted homeless persons, to implement vocational services for persons with serious mental illness, and a youth violence prevention project providing trauma services for adolescent girls. Dr. Harris is the author of numerous articles and several books including, "Trauma Recovery and Empowerment: A Clinician's Guide to Working with Women in Groups" (The Free Press, Fall 1998), co-author of "Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Woman's Workbook" (New Harbinger Publishers, 2000), and contributing author and co-editor (with Roger D. Fallot) of Using Trauma Theory to Design Service Systems, New Directions for Mental Health Services #89 (Jossey-Bass, Spring 2001). Most recently Dr. Harris authored "The Twenty-four Carat Buddha and Other Fables: Stories of Self Discovery," a collection of fables inspired by the stories of women with whom she has worked. Additionally, Dr. Harris has a private psychotherapy practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Lori Beyer, MSW, MSWAC
Director of Trauma Training and Lead Trainer
Lori Beyer, LICSW, MSWAC is the Director of Trauma Training and Lead Trainer at Community Connections a private, not-for-profit agency providing a full range of behavioral health services in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Ms. Beyer specializes in providing workshops, trainings, and ongoing supervision and consultation to agencies and clinicians nationally on issues related to trauma-specific and trauma-sensitive service provision. Ms. Beyer has 25 years of experience working with adults who are dually diagnosed with a serious mental illness and substance abuse disorder, and have histories of homelessness and violent victimization. She was an original member of the Community Connections Trauma Work Group which developed the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), has co-led numerous group treatment interventions in areas such as Trauma Recovery and Empowerment, Parenting Skills, and Domestic Violence, and has served as a clinical case manager and clinical housing coordinator before her more recent positions as a supervisory trauma clinician in two federally-funded research projects and as a lead trainer.
David Freeman, Psy.D.
Chief Clinical Officer
David Freeman, a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington, DC and Maryland, has been at Community Connections since 1991. Now the Associate Director for Community Support, Dr. Freeman started at Community Connections as a case manager. He has since been team leader or project director for projects that focus on consumer empowerment, trauma recovery, homelessness, addictions, de-institutionalization, mental health recovery and justice system involvement. Dr. Freeman is currently the Project Director for the SAMHSA-funded Options Plus project that helps find housing for people who struggle with the multiple problems of homelessness, mental illness, addiction and criminal justice charges. Dr. Freeman consults nationally on issues of men’s trauma recovery, dual diagnosis, and the criminal justice-mental health interface. He has half a dozen publications.
Prior to coming to Community Connections, David worked in a range of mental health settings and with homeless youth. All together, he has 30 years experience providing mental health and social services. He maintains a private practice in Chevy Chase, MD.
Jack Kline, MSW
Chief of Community Support Services
Jack Kline, a licensed independent clinical social worker in both Washington, DC and Maryland, graduated from American University in 1975 with a degree in political science and obtained an MSW from the University of Maryland in 1988. Mr. Kline has worked with adults diagnosed with mental illness, including those with dual disorders, homeless populations and women in recovery from substance use for the past twenty-five years. Mr. Kline began working at Community Connections in 1987 as a case manager/clinical supervisor and has held a variety of positions since, then including program director for substance abuse treatment, recruitment coordinator, program director for supported employment and currently Chief of Community Support. He has participated in numerous federally-funded research projects at Community Connections (NIAAA, SAMHSA and the Psychiatric Research Center at Dartmouth).
Rebecca Wolfson Berley, MSW
Director of Special Projects and Grants
Rebecca Wolfson Berley,
LICSW, plays lead roles in several SAMHSA-funded grant initiatives including
Sisters Empowering Sisters, a peer-to-peer women’s recovery program, Women
Empowered to Live Life (WELL), a collaborative, jointly led peer and clinician
Women’s Wellness and Recovery Center, and a DC DBH funded Primary Behavioral
Health Care Collaboration Project, Healthy Connections.
Ms. Wolfson Berley is both a clinician and trainer, and has trained clinicians across the country in the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) group intervention for women and adolescent girls (G-TREM), and has presented at numerous conferences on a range of trauma-related topics. Ms. Wolfson Berley specializes in leading group treatment interventions in the areas of Trauma Recovery & Empowerment, Domestic Violence, and Parenting Skills with women who have histories of mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and HIV infection. She has co-authored chapters in several publications about trauma. She has been with Community Connections in a
variety of clinical, training, and administrative roles for 20 years, and earned
her MSW at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 1992.
To arrange a training or consultation in your agency or service system, please contact Lori L. Beyer, MSW, Director of Trauma Training at (202) 608-4788 or email@example.com
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