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Gladys Noll Alvarez MSW, LISW, IMH-E® is the Trauma Informed Care Project Coordinator at Orchard Place/Child Guidance Center. She has worked with children and families since 1976. She earned her BA at Luther College in Social Work and Psychology, her Masters in Social Work at the University of Iowa and has been engaged in 2 separate year-long learning collaborative cohorts through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and is rostered nationally in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
She has provided clinical therapeutic services for children and families who have experienced trauma for over 30 years. In her role as the TIC Project Coordinator, she coordinates the networking of the TIC Project Stakeholder’s group and provides trainings on trauma informed care throughout the state and nationally. Ms. Alvarez coordinates the annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice conference, bringing national speakers on trauma to educate professionals and promote systemic change.
Ms. Alvarez is the recipient of many awards. Additionally, she co-authored 2 children’s books on trauma: Grandma Mary Says Things Happen: A guide to help children who have experienced trauma and Grandma Mary Says Bullies Hurt. Her passion is providing education and trainings which promote a trauma- informed care approach to interactions with children, families and in the work environment.
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