Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS Executive Director, Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center and the Vice-President of the Louisiana Alliance for Child Advocacy Centers. She also serves on the Louisiana Legislative Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention. A native of Baton Rouge, she has been a child and family psychotherapist for 28 years in the area of trauma and resiliency. She also serves as a Louisiana Master ACES trainer for the State and the Governor’s Advisory Board for Human Trafficking. Her work in developing and executing several therapeutic curricula for children impacted by trauma and disaster has been published in professional journals. She serves as needed with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, D.C. as a member of the U.S. Faculty and Global Trauma Relief Team in Haiti, Israel and Gaza. In this capacity she has worked to develop programs and train other healthcare professionals in trauma recovery, with an emphasis on programs for youth and secondary stress in their caregivers and providers. Locally, her work in Louisiana has included bringing wellness programs to disadvantaged populations, including the street homeless in Baton Rouge, children in urban school-based settings, and working with Coastal residents in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac and the Horizon BP Oil Spill. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the LSU School of Social Work. Toni is a wife and mother of four teenagers.