Center for Trauma Resilient Communities

Center For Trauma Resilient Communities

A national conversation has begun about the effects of trauma on people's lives and the value of trauma-informed care.

Many of us feel the uncertainties of modern-day life that come with our culture of constant access through social media and the 24-hour news cycle, exposure to social violence, and concerns about the future. Combined with the personal stressors of loss and grief, economic instability, and our own family and work dynamics, it’s no surprise many of us feel overwhelmed, anxious, and exhausted.

Trauma-informed care allows us the space to feel safe while giving us the tools to understand our own experiences and manage our feelings about those experiences in the healthiest way possible, as well as equipping us to respond to others who may have experienced trauma.

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Trauma-informed care is not just for organizations like Crossnore. Every business, school, neighborhood, home, church, and organization will benefit from trauma-informed care training. The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities offers customized training to meet the needs of your group, team, or organization. These sessions range from half-day workshops in the basics of trauma-informed care to five-day intensives that delve deeper into how you can effectively respond to those who have experienced trauma. Contact us today to find out how we can customize a training to fit your specific needs.

What has been life-changing for me is the question, ‘What happened to you?’ It’s the most important question you can ask of anyone.” – Oprah Winfrey, 60 Minutes Overtime.

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David McCorkle

Founder, Faculty

David McCorkle is a veteran Broadway performer who brings training to life wherever he goes. As a senior faculty member at the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, New York, David trained organizations in The Sanctuary Model® across the United States and in Malta, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. His experience with organizations caring for victims of trauma in domestic violence shelters, homeless and migrant shelters, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, schools, community mental health, and family support centers has given David a unique insight into the effects of trauma across a diverse spectrum of people and organizational situations.

David has been the principal trainer of The Sanctuary Model® for Crossnore School & Children’s Home since 2008. David and the Crossnore Sanctuary trainers devised the Train the Trainer program so that ongoing training could be offered to staff year-round. He co-founded the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, a program of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in 2018.

In addition to his work with the Sanctuary Institute and Crossnore, David maintains a private therapy practice in New York City. He has been published in Psychiatric Quarterly, The International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations, Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, and he co-wrote a chapter on traumatic loss in Loss, Hurt, and Hope: The Complex Issues of Bereavement and Trauma in Children by Lorelei Atalie Vargas and Sandra L. Bloom. He is also the co-author of two Sanctuary psycho-education curriculums, Learning SELF Through Films and Youth Training Manual: Learning from our Heroes. David has been the keynote speaker at the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care and has presented on non-violence and conflict resolution at conferences, on webinars, and in person at many agencies throughout the Sanctuary network.

David is a native of North Carolina and graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. He is a proud father and grandfather and lives in New York City with his husband, Ernest Hood. He taught Sunday School for 20 years and is active at St. Marks in the Bowery in their Arts and Social Justice outreach ministries.

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Beatriz Vides

Founder, Faculty

Beatriz Vides shares the story of resilience and survival with the many children and families she has worked with throughout her career. She was a child during the civil war in El Salvador before moving to the United States, giving her a distinct and personal understanding of the effects of trauma.

As a faculty member for the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, NY, Beatriz achieved prominence in adapting the theories of The Sanctuary Model® into daily practice in multiple settings. Her work in schools, residential programs, community-based programs, and hospitals has helped to create healing communities across the United States. Beatriz has worked as a consultant with Crossnore School & Children’s Home since 2014. She co-founded the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, a program of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in 2018.

Beatriz also has 30 years of experience working with children and families in New York City, as well as rural upstate New York, and around the country. She served as Director of Child Care Services for Astor Services for Children. Her work has also taken her to Nepal and South Africa. Beatriz is a sought-after trainer who uses experiential methods and creativity to create a learning community and she has helped create trauma-informed schools in New York State, New York City, and North Carolina.

Beatriz earned her B.A. from Hunter College and SUNY Albany and has completed additional graduate studies at SUNY Albany. She is active in rescuing abused and neglected animals.

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Brett A. Loftis, JD

Founder, Faculty

Brett Loftis has a passion for protecting the most vulnerable children that is apparent from the moment he says hello. As the Chief Executive Officer of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, Brett leads an organization that is dedicated to growing healthy futures for children and families. His experience working in a residential program for at-risk children and as a Guardian ad litem in South Carolina, a youth minister in Texas, and as an attorney and the Executive Director of the Council for Children’s Rights in Charlotte, NC positioned him well to assume the executive role at Crossnore in 2013.

Under Brett’s leadership, Crossnore effectively completed their Second Century campaign surpassing their goal to build the organization’s endowment fund, built a new high school building at Williams Academy which opened in 2015, and constructed three new cottages on the Avery campus which opened in 2016. His executive leadership and strategic planning with the Board of Trustees led Crossnore to a successful merger with The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC to become Crossnore School & Children’s Home in 2017. Services are expanding to underserved counties in western North Carolina through a satellite office opened in Hendersonville, NC in early 2018. Brett co-founded the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities, a program of Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in 2018.

Brett received his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Furman University. His passion for children eventually sent him to Wake Forest University School of Law to continue his career in child advocacy. He serves on numerous statewide committees and boards of directors, and he speaks statewide and nationally about children’s issues. Brett has completed the Train the Trainer program with David McCorkle and helps to lead a team of 42 Sanctuary trainers on Crossnore’s campuses.

Brett and his family live on the Avery county campus of Crossnore School & Children’s Home and in his free time, he loves to coach youth soccer and basketball. Brett’s greatest love is his wife, Sally, and their three sons, Will, Elijah, and Lawson.

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