Materials were produced over a period of years (2005-2015) by Project staff from Teachers College, Columbia University. Its publication was made possible by a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center, a program of Safe Horizon, Inc. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency.

Dissemination, updating and intial development of formal training options began in 2016 by project staff from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), made possible by continued funding from NYS-OFCS to the Center for Child and Adult Development, School Psychology, Counseling & Leadership department in the School of Education at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Copyright © 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015 - 2017. New York State Office of Children and Family Services. All rights reserved. No part of these materials may be revised or otherwise altered, reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the expressed written or indicated consent of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

The Project could not have been done without the expertise and support at various times of many individuals throughout the U.S. during these years. Thanks are extended to those many experts identified below who joined us in various capacities to share their knowledge and perspective in the development of these materials. In addition, without the dedicated leadership, found in such individuals as Tom Hess and Melaney Szklenka, of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services who joined us in championing work in this area involving children with disabilities – none of this would have been possible.

Design-Production Team

Christine E. Pawelski, EdD
Project Director

Michael Cennamo
Matthew Curinga
Jaclyn Kahn

Peter M. Kurtz
I-Shien Lei
Yaling Li
Alex Rowley
Teachers College Academic Computing
   Center Team
Dana Unger


SOS Brooklyn
Website and App design


Dissemination Team

Alberto M. Bursztyn, PhD
     Principal Investigator abursztyn@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Christine E. Pawelski, EdD
     Project Director Christine.Pawelski@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Graduate Research Assistants

Dr. Abrar Al-Jazzaf
Amelia Blackwood
Kathy Kim
Devagana Mishra
Jillian M. Ovsiew
Judy Pak

Community Consultants
Judy Allen
Dr. Sheila Amato
John Basso
Leslie Bittleston
Dr. Brooke Blanks
Dr. Alison Carson
Stephanie Cohen
Dr. Margaret P. Creedon
Dr. Michael Crocker
Iris Fishman
Diana Francis
Jack Green
Dr. Linda Hickson
Dr. Harold Johnson

Melinda Patterson
Leslie Schmerler
Shara L. Smith
Danielle Swann
Kiran Talvadkar
Jeanny Vaidya

Kristin Knight
Dr. Jack M. Levine
Dr. Eileen Luddy
Dr. Sarah Mallory
Dr. Jeanne Matich-Maroney
Dr. Peggy T. McHugh
Rev. Joe Mulcrone
Joyce Neier
Dr. Sandra Pinkerton
Dr. Mary Ann Price
Dr. Andrea B. Sherwin
Mary Ann Siller
Diane Smulligan
Dr. Anne Spillane
Dr. Summer Stanley