So EVERY child can reach their full potential

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OUR TEAM

The Florida Center Training Institute has enlisted a team of leaders and learners to help professionals, educators, parents and caregivers provide the best for our children and their future.

A program of The Florida Center for Early Childhood, the Training Institute instructors are exceptionally skilled practitioners who implement and maintain the highest of industry standards at work and in the classroom. They manage early childhood programs offered by The Florida Center including the state's only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic. Their work is hands-on, and we are grateful to have an opportunity to share their vast experience and knowledge with you in order to help all children reach their full potential.

Kathryn Shea 
President and CEO, The Florida Center for Early Childhood
kathryn.shea@thefloridacenter.org

Kathryn is an administrator and clinician with more than 35 years experience in infant mental health, emotional and behavioral disturbance in children, and fetal alcohol and drug effects. She was instrumental in working with local and state government and private foundations to build sustainable systems of care for young children with mental health and fetal alcohol related problems, thus expanding agency services statewide. She developed two fetal alcohol diagnostic clinics in the country and is a national trainer on this topic. She has directed one of three infant mental health pilot projects in the state of Florida and developed a crosswalk from the DC: 0-3R Diagnostic Manual to the ICD-9-CM, which was accepted by the state Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the state Medicaid agency. She is skilled in training on a variety of topics related to infant mental health, child welfare, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, leadership development, and social advocacy.

Dr. Johnna Brynn 
Director of Training & Professional Development
johnna.brynn@thefloridacenter.org

Johnna, a PhD in psychology, has worked with children and families as a therapist, trauma specialist, and therapeutic photography instructor. Johnna also has been a psychology instructor at Full Sail University in Orlando 2016-2019. She has expertise in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, expressive interventions, and working with sexually abused children. Johnna has presented workshops to therapists, photographers, and entrepreneurs worldwide. With a passion to help children, Johnna founded a non-profit organization in 2008 equipping children with an expressive tool of therapeutic photography. She has been the owner of a photography business since 2009, and is excited to utilize her therapeutic background and entrepreneurial skills to impact The Florida Center Training Institute.

Kim A. Williams 
Director of Developmental Therapy Services/FASD Assessment Team
kim.williams@thefloridacenter.org

Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and audiology from SUNY Cortland in 1981 and a master’s degree in communication disorders/speech-language pathology from Boston University in 1983. She maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1984. Kim has 36 years of experience working with young children birth to 9 years of age. She has worked with many children who have had established diagnoses and/or developmental delays leading to areas of need in oral-motor/feeding, articulation and/or language and literacy skills to include receptive, expressive and pragmatic language delays or disorders. Kim has always been mindful of respecting the feelings and thoughts of others both at home and at work.

Dr. Kristie Skoglund 

Chief Operating Officer, The Florida Center for Early Childhood
kristie.skoglund@thefloridacenter.org

Kristie is a licensed mental health counselor and recognized as an Infant mental health endorsed professional by the states of Michigan and Florida. She has a master’s degree in counseling and psychology and a doctorate degree in counseling. In 1997, when Sarasota became the first county in Florida to privatize child welfare, Kristie became one of the first mental health counselors to work with young children in a foster care system. She has completed the 18-month infant mental health training through Florida State University’s Harris Institute, and received specialized fetal alcohol spectrum disorders diagnostic training through the University of Washington. Kristie has formal training in child parent psychotherapy and is a trained facilitator of the Circle of Security parenting program. Kristie has expertise in the areas of infant/young children’s mental health, trauma informed care practices and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and has presented workshops on various related topics at local, state and national conferences.

Marina Bunch 
Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
marina.bunch@thefloridacenter.org

Clinical Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services
Marina earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2004 and a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision with a specialization in leadership. Marina completed her requirements for licensure in 2013 and earned her qualified supervisor certification in 2016. Prior to her current position, she oversaw the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic at The Florida Center. She specializes in the areas of infant/early childhood mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and has presented on various related topics. Marina has experience and training in various evidenced-based practices, such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Fussy Baby, Circle of Security Parenting, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Families Moving Forward.

Melissa Bradley 

Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
melissa.bradley@thefloridacenter.org

Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Argosy University. She has served as the director of outpatient mental health services and is now occupying the role of director of school-based mental health services for The Florida Center. Melissa practices ‘time-ins’ with her child at home which supports a positive parent-child relationship based on security, connectedness, and open communication.

Tamra Cajo 
Director of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic

tamra.cajo@thefloridacenter.org

Tamra graduated with a master's degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker specializing in early childhood and prevention. Previously, Tamra was the lead trainer in the Midwest for ACT Raising Safe Kids, an evidence-based violence prevention curriculum. In addition, Tamra has been trained in a number of other evidence-based curriculums including Circle of Security Parenting, Families Moving Forward (FMF), Helping the Non-Compliant Child, Chicago Parent Program and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

 

THE FLORIDA CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

Building strong families...one child at a time

The Florida Center Institute is a program of The Florida Center for Early Childhood. Other programs provided by the center include:

Healthy Families
This award-winning, home-based visiting program promotes healthy parenting and child development. Skilled professionals provide parenting support, education, and community resources.  

Early Childhood Court
Reducing the amount of trauma affecting children up to three years old who are in the child welfare system, this program works with judges, families, and teams of professionals, so parents learn to create a healthy, stable home for their children.

Developmental Therapies
Diagnostic and developmental services such as speech, language and occupational therapy.


Starfish Academy
As an “inclusion” curriculum preschool, the Starfish Academy offers early education for children who have developmental delays or disabilities along with typically developing children. For children ages six weeks to five years old, including voluntary prekindergarten.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Florida's only FASD clinic focused on prevention, diagnosis and support.


School Based Mental Health
School-based therapists help students in Sarasota County elementary schools.

 

CONTACT THE FLORIDA CENTER TRAINING INSTITUTE

Johnna Brynn, PhD  
Director of Training & Professional Development

941-371-8820 x 1002  |  johnna.brynn@thefloridacenter.org

4620 17th St. Sarasota, FL 34235

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