Toni Quinn Bankston, LCSW, BACS Clinical Lead and Development Consultant Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center and Clinical Lead of the Center form Mind-Body Medicine’s Puerto Rico Community Wellness Program. She also consults with CMBM by bringing her 30 years of experience in the design and execution of trauma programs, particularly those targeting children and families, to build trauma training for children and their providers.
Toni serves as a member of the Senior Faculty of the Center form Mind-Body Medicine and Global Trauma Relief Team in the programs of Haiti, Israel, and Gaza. She has worked with high school students and teachers in Parkland Florida in the aftermath of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School and in Cumberland, Maryland in response to the Opioid Crisis.
In her local community, Toni also serves as a Master ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Trainer for the State of Louisiana, the LA Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Advisory Board for Human Trafficking. Her work in Baton Rouge has included developing and leading wellness programs for the homeless, disaster-impacted and children in urban school-based settings. She also trains educators, law enforcement officers, judges and other community service professionals in building trauma-responsive teams and systems helping them mitigate the effects of secondary stress and vicarious trauma. In collaboration with the Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office, she consults and provides leadership to other organizations towards the aim of developing a more trauma-informed City of Baton Rouge. She was honored recently by the National Association of Social Workers, LA Chapter, for her local work with the Social Worker of the Year Award for the state of Louisiana.