TASK Partners

Local Partners

Children’s Advocacy Centers of the East Texas Region

Children’s Advocacy Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties (Jacksonville)

Children’s Advocacy Center for Kaufman County (Kaufman)

Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris

Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County (Tyler)

Children’s Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County, Inc. (Canton)

Harold’s House (Lufkin)

Hunt County Children’s Advocacy Center (Greenville)

Maggie’s House (Athens)

Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center (Winnsboro)

Rusk-Panola Children’s Advocacy Center (Henderson)

Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center (Center, TX)

Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center

The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center (Longview)

Practicum Partners

Child Abuse Practicum – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

The East Texas Trauma and Abuse Services for Kids (TASK)

program is delivering training to multiple disciplines by working collaboratively with the 13 Child Advocacy Centers in the region. Counseling, social work, nursing, and psychology practicum placements are available where students will learn and conduct evidence-based assessment and treatment with abused children. Supervision will be provided by licensed and experienced clinicians of the corresponding discipline.

Opportunities exist for developing program evaluation projects and using telehealth. We will work with you to discuss your training needs and then look to one of the 13 CACs to determine if there is an interest in taking a student. If one of the CACs wants to move forward, we will begin the interview process and then proceed to a second interview conducted by the CAC. You can anticipate that you will need to pass a criminal background check as well as a CPS background check to rule out a substantiated report or investigation of abuse of a child by an applicant.

If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please pass along this information. Based on your discipline, you can call one of the following staff / faculty members:

Psychology: Stephanie J. Simmons, PsyD
Phone: 903-877-7679

Mental Health Counseling: Amber Quaranta-Leech, MA, LPC-S
Phone:  903-877-8822

Nursing: Meghan Richardson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CA-SANE, CP-SANE
Phone: 903-877-7315

Universities Currently Participating in Practicum

The University of Texas at Tyler
Psychology and Counseling

Lamar University
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Texas A & M University—Commerce

Education Partners

Tyler Junior College

Child Advocacy STudies Program (CAST)