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 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. 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 is currently pursuing his masters in clinical counseling.
His mission is to create a world that understands the impact of trauma and abuse on children, families and communities by teaching and implementing multi-disciplinary evidence based practice.