Dr. Gizane Indart is the Executive Director of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) for the training, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Gizane is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry. She speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on the impact of abuse and neglect in early development, attachment difficulties in children exposed to maltreatment, short term and long term consequences of children exposed to early trauma, and sexualized behaviors in children. Gizane is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Children’s Cabinet Subcommittee, and of the Early Childhood Mental Health Infrastructure of Colorado. Additionally, Gizane serves as a consultant for the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2018, Gizane was invited to be a member of the Denver District Attorney’s Advisory Council on Immigration.
Director of Assessment & Treatment Program
Angela is a bilingual, bicultural therapist who has worked with traumatized children and their families since 1999. Special areas of interest for Angela are: early childhood development, the impact of trauma on the developing child and the effects of immigration on young children. At DCAC, Angela has played a major role in supporting the growth of DCAC's Spanish-speaking caseload. She has been a lead player in the development and expansion of the successful prevention program, Denver Safe from the Start, which focuses on high-risk children ages 3-8 and their families. Angela has been instrumental in the growth of DCAC’s community outreach mental health initiative.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Jessica is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over a decade of experience working with children and families with histories of trauma. Before joining the team at DCAC, Jessica spent six years in urban schools, first as an English as a Second Language teacher in East Harlem, then as a bilingual therapist at a school-based health clinic in Manhattan, and finally as a K-8 school counselor in Northeast Denver. Jessica received a Master’s in Education in 2010 and a Master’s in Social Work in 2012. She is also a registered yoga teacher for children and adults, and she regularly incorporates mindfulness, breath-work, and movement in her work with children and families. In 2018, Jessica completed the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification program, becoming a TCTSY Facilitator. In addition, Jessica has completed trainings in Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT). Jessica currently serves as a bilingual child and family therapist at DCAC. She also offers community-based mental health consultation and specialized trainings on trauma-informed care, mindfulness, and yoga to educators, clinicians, and other professionals in the Denver metro area.
Prevention Program Manager
Cathy has been the Prevention Program Manager at DCAC for five years. In this role, she works to increase safety knowledge and decrease risk of child abuse through the coordination, development and implementation of prevention services for children, families and teachers in Denver Public Schools. Cathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with extensive experience working with child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. She also specializes in working with children who have special needs or severe emotional disturbances, as well as with youth caught up in the criminal justice system. While pursuing her master's degree at Pepperdine University, Cathy worked as an intake specialist and therapist in Southern California, where she gained expertise in crisis management and meeting the immediate needs of mothers and children traumatized by violence. Cathy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Hollie joined DCAC in 2016 with 8 years of experience working with children and families. She began her career working in community mental health, working closely with children who had experienced ongoing trauma. During an internship opportunity while studying at New York University, she worked closely with a Child Advocacy Center and started her training as a Forensic Interviewer. Hollie began forensic interviewing in 2015 and is dedicated to the continued research and application of best practice of forensic interviewing. Hollie has conducted over 1000 forensic interviews and is credentialed by the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers. (NACCFI) at the Diplomat level, the highest of the four credentialing tiers. Additionally, Hollie serves as a state-wide trainer for the Colorado Children’s Alliance, training new forensic interviewers in Colorado.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Meagan received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2014 and began working with DCAC as an intern in 2013. Before joining the team, Meagan interned with Denver Urban Scholars and worked with the Fostering Healthy Futures research team at the Kempe Center. Prior to pursuing her education, she also had the opportunity to volunteer with domestic violence organizations, and with homeless and orphaned children in the U.S., Ecuador, and Mexico. Currently, Meagan provides reflective supervision to home visitors and treatment and parent education to parents and caregivers through DCAC's community partnership with Clayton Early Learning. At DCAC, Meagan has specialized in working with survivors of sexual abuse and children with sexualized behaviors and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and movement in work with clients and families. Thanks to opportunities provided through DCAC, Meagan has been trained in various treatment modalities, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), PSB-CBT (Problematic Sexual Behaviors Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).