Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Foundation Trust
Dr. Joseph Spinazzola has devoted his professional career to aiding children, families and adults impacted by complex trauma. A clinical psychologist in private practice, Dr. Spinazzola is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on the topic of complex traumatic stress. His extensive accomplishments span research, publication, organizational consulting, systems change, and training of multidisciplinary professionals and graduate students.
Joseph’s work over the past three decades has been driven by a dual mission:
- to challenge misconceptions about psychiatric diagnoses, moral character and risk behaviors of people struggling amidst or in the aftermath of relational or structural violence, exploitation or neglect; and
- to reroute life trajectories derailed by complex trauma through the design, evaluation and dissemination of innovative, strengths-based therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Spinazzola is the author of many scholarly journal articles, book chapters, treatment manuals and consumer resources on complex trauma. His first book, Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect, was published by the Guilford Press in November 2018.
As Executive Director of the Foundation Trust, Joseph Spinazzola has been afforded the great privilege and fortune to augment his passionate determination to transform understanding and services for complexly traumatized youth and adults through the foundation’s provision of educational outreach, resource development, and grantmaking for vulnerable individuals, communities and the nonprofit organization.
Kaitlyn Machairas, LICSW, Resource Development & Training Associate for the Foundation Trust.
Kaitlyn Machairas dedicates her professional career to ensuring access to
education and effective treatment for diverse populations impacted by complex trauma and the treatment providers caring for them.
As a person with a diverse upbringing herself, Ms. Machairas utilizes lived and professional experience to apply concepts and translate educational tools and treatment interventions to address the cultural and contextual needs of individuals served. With extensive front line work as practicing clinician, supervisor, and professional trainer, Ms. Machairas enhances real-life treatment effectiveness across outpatient, community-based, wraparound, and residential treatment settings for teen mothers; individuals struggling with chronic mental health and addictions; and youth and adults contending with relationship violence or neglect against the background of extreme poverty, discrimination, and social oppression.
Kaitlyn's work is driven by two main professional goals:
- to reframe maladaptive behavioral, emotional, and relational presentations of complex trauma, specifically through generations of families in diverse communities, as patterns of strengths and skills used to survive overwhelming adversity; and
- to improve access and usability of treatment tools for diverse communities impacted by the compounded challenges of personal, environmental, and systemic trauma through advocacy and the creation of client, community, and culturally tailored resources, interventions and education.
As a Resource Development and Training Associate for the Foundation Trust, Kaitlyn Machairas has been given the opportunity to share her passion and perspective by developing resources and providing information related to complex trauma that is accessible to and usable by all individuals.
The Foundation Trust
The Foundation Trust is a private operating foundation established to “fill the gaps” by supporting the important work of small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations through a unique combination of philanthropy, grantmaking, educational resource development and training.
The Foundation Trust concentrates on improving understanding and services for client populations across three priority tracks:
- Youth and adults impacted by complex trauma;
- High-risk children, youth and communities; and
- adults impacted by chronic mental illness, cognitive decline or degenerative conditions.
A fourth track supports promotion of regional arts, preservation of historical places, and conservation initiatives. The regional focus of the foundation’s grantmaking activities is New England, with special emphasis on Greater Boston.
Founded by Dante Dieso (1918 -2017) in 2016, the Foundation Trust is guided by a vision to help children, adults and families overcome adversity and disadvantage and be afforded resources that promote recovery and advancement.
The Foundation Trust is anchored by an impassioned mission to assist those who have encountered disproportionate hardship, including those who have been denied equal opportunities because of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical impairment or other target of discrimination or social oppression. To learn more about the Foundation Trust and its important work, visit: https://foundationtrust.org.
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