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“I’ve been very fortunate to have a mentor like Dr. DeCandia who has the clinical and policy expertise to lead me in learning how to be a strong clinician and advocate for vulnerable families. Having an expert in the field willing to spend their own time guiding me in developing my career has been an invaluable experience.”
Jenna Armstrong, MA, Fellow, Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being at Chapin Hall
“It is not often that you encounter a consultant such as Dr. DeCandia who integrates passion with effective solutions to enhance holistic services to organizations, families and individuals. We were fortunate to have her come to Wisconsin. Her insights and analysis were embraced by our staff with great results. An outstanding leader and change agent who offers sound evaluation and effective problem solving with mature resolutions and program direction.”
Rev. Dr. Carmen Porco, CEO Housing Ministries of American Baptists of Wisconsin.
“Dr. DeCandia has a deep understanding of child and adolescent development, as well as the impact of trauma on the developing brain. Her understanding of research and theory is enhanced by her practical experience in the field. As an instructor, Dr. DeCandia has a unique ability to translate complex concepts into practical guidance for working effectively with families.”
Deborah Stolbach, LICSW, online training course participant
Dr. DeCandia is one of the most talented professionals I have had the pleasure of working with. She has a unique and potent combination of talents: expertise in program development, assessment, training, and research, positioned within her comprehensive clinical understanding of mental health. She excels in leadership positions, providing a keen vision for success while developing and supervising staff, encouraging creativity and efficiency. She has exceptional communication skills, which is demonstrated in her writing, presentations, and trainings. Her dedication and professionalism is unwavering, which consistently inspires the highest quality of work from both herself and those she works with.”
Maureen Hayes, Ph.D., Researcher, Philadelphia, PA
“Homes for Families has relied on Dr. DeCandia over the past decade to provide expert guidance and consultation. She is a valued colleague, partner, trauma expert, facilitator, trainer, researcher, writer, and advocate. She has been our ‘go to person’ for projects to evolve the systemic and programmatic responses to family homelessness. She brings a unique blend of academic and on the ground experience, combined with passion for the work, compassion for families, and commitment to social justice. The result is highly professional and quality work.”
Libby Hayes, CEO Homes for Families, Boston, MA
“The support I received from Carmela as my supervisor at The National Center on Family Homelessness enabled me to grow and build my confidence as a trauma-informed care trainer and product developer.”
Rose Clervil, MSW
“I would highly recommend Dr. DeCandia for any organization trying to increase effectiveness with traumatized populations or deepen their trauma-informed approach to services. We engaged her in Fort Worth and Tarrant County to bring a greater awareness to our work with homeless women and children. We found her to be equally effective with large and small groups, with staff who are new to the work or possess significant clinical and programmatic expertise. She is an excellent listener and is therefore able to tailor her presentations and consultation to the individual needs of the program or agency.”
Carol Klocek, CEO, Center for Transforming Lives,, Fort Worth, TX
“Dr. DeCandia is committed to improving service delivery systems for vulnerable families. She is brilliant, grounded in science, experienced in direct practice, and passionate about influencing public policy. Dr. DeCandia employs a variety of strategies including writing, formal assessment, consultation, technical assistance, and training to advance evidence-based best practices in human service agencies. We’ve been fortunate to make use of her clinical expertise and communication skills to amplify the voices of families in need.”
Mattie Lord, Chief Program Officer UMOM, Phoenix Arizona
“As a social justice educator in Antioch University New England’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program, I have been consistently impressed by Dr. DeCandia’s consistent, committed, and innovative integration of professional psychology practices with a social justice mission. I have eagerly followed her since I was her dissertation advisor in the 1990s, and held her up to our students as one of the foremost models of our department’s social justice values.”
Susan E. Hawes, PhD, Professor, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

Artemis Associates, in partnership with t3, has been a key in implementing a Trauma Informed Care (TIC) framework at The Road Home. Carmela adopted her training to meet the varied needs of staff and made the information accessible to a range of teams  –  from Operations to Administration. Carmela’s knowledge of organizational change and the time it takes to transform a culture has assisted us in pacing the implementation process so that we are set up for success. Under Carmela’s guidance we created an organization-wide work plan for our first year of TIC implementation and look forward to continuing the journey towards a trauma informed transformation. “

Jeniece Olson, Director of Supportive Housing Services, The Road Home Salt Lake City, Utah, Your Content Goes Here

Artemis Associates, LLC

Artemis Associates, LLC is a woman-owned business that promotes resilience for children, families, and communities. Grounded in direct service and person-centered care, Artemis Associates conducts assessments, provides consultation and training, engages in research, develops and shares knowledge, and advocates for compassionate, high-quality services for children and families in need. Unbounded, passionate, and purposeful, Artemis Associates will go the distance to ensure all children, families, and their providers are seen, heard, and understood.

Our Mission

Artemis Associates creates committed values based partnerships to support children and families, and the providers that serve them.

Specialties

Listen to Dr. DeCandia discuss Building Resiliency for Children Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. Sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation October 2015.
Listen to Dr. DeCandia discuss building trauma informed systems. Sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation October 2015 Dawn Jahn Moses Memorial Lecture
Dr. DeCandia discusses the importance of play and fitness for homeless children and supports Kettlebells4kids! Watch the video on WCVB Channel 5 news.

http://www.wcvb.com/article/5-for-good-crossfit-kid-helping-homeless-youth/8301054

Publication: DeCandia et al. (2017). Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice. “In Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness Integrating Research into Practice and Policy. Editors: Haskett, Mary E. (Ed.) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319508856

Listen here to Dr. DeCandia speak at the June 6, 2017 Congressional Briefing in Washington D.C. about the need for a new assessment paradigm for homeless families

For help developing a comprehensive assessment for homeless families, contact Dr. DeCandia at cj@artemisassoc.com or 908-745-8993.

Services

Read select testimonials of People who have worked with Dr. DeCandia

“Dr. DeCandia is committed to improving service delivery systems for vulnerable families. She is brilliant, grounded in science, experienced in direct practice, and passionate about influencing public policy. Dr. DeCandia employs a variety of strategies including writing, formal assessment, consultation, technical assistance, and training to advance evidence-based best practices in human service agencies. We’ve been fortunate to make use of her clinical expertise and communication skills to amplify the voices of families in need.” – Mattie Lord, Chief Program Officer UMOM, Phoenix, Arizona
“Dr. DeCandia has a unique and potent combination of talents: expertise in program development, assessment, training, and research, positioned within her comprehensive clinical understanding of mental health. Her dedication and professionalism is unwavering.” – Maureen Hayes, Ph.D., Researcher, Philadelphia, PA
“Dr. DeCandia was a strength of this course (Psychological Testing at Boston College Lynch School of Education, Masters in counseling Psychology program). Her extensive knowledge, experience, and insight made this course interesting and challenging. Dr. DeCandia was very knowledgeable and accommodating… She clearly was open to feedback, and that’s one of the greatest qualities in a teacher.” – Boston College Masters Students, 2016

“DeCandia has been our ‘go to person’ over the past decade for projects and papers to evolve the systemic and programmatic responses to family homelessness. She brings a unique blend of academic and on the ground experience, combined with passion, compassion, and commitment. The result is highly professional and quality work.” – Libby Hayes, CEO Homes for Families, Boston, MA

“The support I received from Carmela as my supervisor at The National Center on Family Homelessness enabled me to grow and build my confidence as a trauma-informed care trainer and product developer.” – Rose Clervil, MSW
“Dr. DeCandia’s expertise and experience with psychological testing, the love that she brought in about psychological tests.. I came out with a much deeper knowledge and appreciation of psychological testing and its importance to the field of counseling.” – Boston College Masters Students, 2016

“What strikes me is the energy, thoughtfulness, and passion she brings to all her endeavors, from clinical work with children and adolescents, to her focus on trauma, to her inclusion of diversity in every layer of her practice.” – Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D. Professor, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

Values

  • Integrity
  • Authentic relationships
  • Passion, Purpose, Persistence
  • Quality and Excellence
  • Engaged Action

“I have been consistently impressed by Dr. DeCandia’s consistent, committed, and innovative integration of professional psychology practices with a social justice mission. For her exceptional commitment, Antioch honored her with the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award.”– Susan E. Hawes, PhD, Professor, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

Read about Dr. DeCandia’s award here: http://newton.wickedlocal.com/news/20160606/newton-resident-receives-horace-mann-spirit-of-service-2016-award

The 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award

Listen to Dr. DeCandia’s acceptance speech for the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award at Antioch University, New England where she discusses her passion, purpose, persistence, and importance of relationships and engaged action.

Consultation & Training

As an organizational consultant and trainer, I create authentic, values based partnerships and share evidence based, best practices to support staff and organizational development. My expertise is in developing environments that foster resilience; not just for clients, but for staff. Your priorities guide the process. Training and consultation services are tailored to meet your needs, at your pace.

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My Background

Since 1989 I have worked with children and families affected by trauma and adversity. With 15 years of executive management experience, I have successfully designed programs and built organizations to support trauma-informed, resiliency based, service delivery. At the national level, I work to address policies and disseminate comprehensive solutions to address child and family homelessness. Currently, I serve as a volunteer mentor for the Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being at Chapin Hall, and am the 2016 recipient of the Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award from Antioch University.

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Approach to Assessment

Assessment lies at the core of all work with children and families. To support healthy development, parents, teachers, and providers must understand a child’ unique strengths and needs. At Strong Roots Counseling I provide neurodevelopmental and psychological assessment of children age 0-17 years to identify learning needs, developmental delays and strengths, and clarify behavioral or diagnostic questions.

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“I’ve been very fortunate to have a mentor like Dr. DeCandia who has the clinical and policy expertise to lead me in learning how to be a strong clinician and advocate for vulnerable families. Having an expert in the field willing to spend their own time guiding me in developing my career has been an invaluable experience.”
Jenna Armstrong, MA, Fellow, Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being at Chapin Hall
“It is not often that you encounter a consultant such as Dr. DeCandia who integrates passion with effective solutions to enhance holistic services to organizations, families and individuals. We were fortunate to have her come to Wisconsin. Her insights and analysis were embraced by our staff with great results. An outstanding leader and change agent who offers sound evaluation and effective problem solving with mature resolutions and program direction.”
Rev. Dr. Carmen Porco, CEO Housing Ministries of American Baptists of Wisconsin.
“Dr. DeCandia has a deep understanding of child and adolescent development, as well as the impact of trauma on the developing brain. Her understanding of research and theory is enhanced by her practical experience in the field. As an instructor, Dr. DeCandia has a unique ability to translate complex concepts into practical guidance for working effectively with families.”
Deborah Stolbach, LICSW, online training course participant
Dr. DeCandia is one of the most talented professionals I have had the pleasure of working with. She has a unique and potent combination of talents: expertise in program development, assessment, training, and research, positioned within her comprehensive clinical understanding of mental health. She excels in leadership positions, providing a keen vision for success while developing and supervising staff, encouraging creativity and efficiency. She has exceptional communication skills, which is demonstrated in her writing, presentations, and trainings. Her dedication and professionalism is unwavering, which consistently inspires the highest quality of work from both herself and those she works with.”
Maureen Hayes, Ph.D., Researcher, Philadelphia, PA
“Homes for Families has relied on Dr. DeCandia over the past decade to provide expert guidance and consultation. She is a valued colleague, partner, trauma expert, facilitator, trainer, researcher, writer, and advocate. She has been our ‘go to person’ for projects to evolve the systemic and programmatic responses to family homelessness. She brings a unique blend of academic and on the ground experience, combined with passion for the work, compassion for families, and commitment to social justice. The result is highly professional and quality work.”
Libby Hayes, CEO Homes for Families, Boston, MA
“The support I received from Carmela as my supervisor at The National Center on Family Homelessness enabled me to grow and build my confidence as a trauma-informed care trainer and product developer.”
Rose Clervil, MSW
“I would highly recommend Dr. DeCandia for any organization trying to increase effectiveness with traumatized populations or deepen their trauma-informed approach to services. We engaged her in Fort Worth and Tarrant County to bring a greater awareness to our work with homeless women and children. We found her to be equally effective with large and small groups, with staff who are new to the work or possess significant clinical and programmatic expertise. She is an excellent listener and is therefore able to tailor her presentations and consultation to the individual needs of the program or agency.”
Carol Klocek, CEO, Center for Transforming Lives,, Fort Worth, TX