Toni M. Irsfeld, MA, is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and the
Project Director for the newly funded 4-year, $1.6 million Category III (Community
Treatment and Services Center) National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grant by
the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop the UMMS
Child Trauma Training Center. Ms. Irsfeld has over 12 years of experience working with
youth and families in strength-based, family driven, youth-guided SAMHSA funded
initiatives. 

Ms. Irsfeld began her work at the UMass Medical School in the Worcester Communities of
Care grant in 2000 where she oversaw and managed components of the grant evaluation
program. When UMMS was awarded a second SAMHSA cooperative Agreement (Central
Massachusetts Communities of Care) Ms. Irsfeld became the Director of Family Involvement
and Training. She served as part of the senior management team which designed, developed
and implemented a Youth and Family Center model of outreach in Central MA. In
collaboration with probation and the courts, these Centers worked with court-involved
youth with mental health challenges who had committed criminal and/or status offenses.
From 2009-2012, Ms. Irsfeld served as the Fitchburg Youth and Family Center Director. The
Fitchburg Youth and Family Center continues its mission to work with families in the
community as a DCF Family Resource Center. Ms. Irsfeld also served as the Director for
the Training and Learning Collaborative where she managed all operations of the training
initiative. As part of this role, she has conducted nearly 70 trainings, workshops, and
presentations at the national, regional, and local levels on topics such as family
engagement, the wraparound service planning processes, strength-based work with families,
and evaluation. 

Articles

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Trauma Training Center (UMMS-CTTC) (with Jessica L. Griffin, Melodie Wenz-Gross, Heather Forkey, Thomas Grisso, and Laurel Post), Psychiatry Information in Brief (2013)
 

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Changing the system by changing the workforce: employing consumers to increase access, cultural diversity, and engagement (with Melodie Wenz-Gross, Tammy Twomey, Ana Perez, Judith Thompson, Martha Wally, Barbara Colleton, Christine Kroell, Steven K. McKeown, and Peter Metz), American journal of community psychology (2012)