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About Toni M. Irsfeld

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.


Present Project Director, Child Trauma Training Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Present Instructor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry

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