MEET OUR TRAINERS

Meet our Trainers:

Frank Grijalva, Director of the Midwest Trauma Services Network and senior manager for the International Trauma Center 

Frank came through the California system as a child adopted into a family challenged with mental health and substance abuse issues. Frank’s first professional training was as a special warfare diver attached to the Mariner Mammal program of the United States Navy where he spent 8 years honing behavior modification skills and understanding the dynamics of nonverbal communication. Later, as a stay at home dad for 2 kids and a student of psychology he became aware of and struggled with development, trauma exposure, and behavioral progressions.

Frank has worked with the International Trauma Center since 1999 and deployed to Ground Zero to manage logistics and safety for a team of clinicians working with a federal agency in “the dig” to stabilize them ongoing as they did their difficult work. Frank also worked extensively throughout Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Katrina. Frank has worked abroad in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, Nepal, Jordan, Haiti and several other countries for agencies like Save the Children, USAID, the World Bank and the International Center for the Protection of Victims of Torture to develop interventions, learn from and train clinicians working with children exposed to extreme conditions.

As Director of the Midwest Trauma Services Network and senior manager for the International Trauma Center he has spent the last several years introducing and training selected trauma informed evidence based practices as well as designing and implementing innovations specific to children from at-risk environments through the OJJDP. Currently Frank consults to child welfare in 4 states and is involved in long term stabilization for 3 communities exposed to mass violence.
Frank has a BS in disaster psychology with an emphasis on mental health stabilization, an MS in Public Health with a focus on child mental health and a masters in clinical counseling with a concentration in traumatology.
His mission is to create a world that understands the impact of trauma and abuse on children, families, culture and communities by teaching and learning everywhere he goes

Contact Information:

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Billy W. Claywell, LMSW

Billy Claywell has been in the Human Service field for almost 30 years.  Most of those years were spent providing quality direct services to clients.  Throughout his career, Billy has honed his ability to interact positively with families and provide exceptional services to the people he served.   He  now provides  training designed to pass on this expertise about  what actually works in the field, along with practical examples to make the information entertaining and memorable.

Contact Information:

www.billyclaywell.com

 

 David Zidar

Since 1988, David has been providing training and consulting  to mental health, residential and social service agencies. David was awarded the Ohio Trainer of the Year, in 2009. His dynamic approach to child welfare has been recognized in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and in Iowa. David provides practical, value-added training for change that is intended to improve the lives of children and families.

Contact Information:

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