Beth Caldwell, MS

Lead Expert Consultant

Beth served as the director of the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) for 15 years, retiring as the director in October 2019. She now serves as a BBI lead expert consultant. The Building Bridges Initiative is an initiative dedicated to supporting residential practices that improve long-term positive outcomes for youth and families, post-residential discharge. She also served as a founding faculty member for the evidence based Six Core Strategies©, initially funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Beth has provided training, consultation, on-site and virtual technical assistance, and reviews for staff and programs in all 50 States and several countries on the Six Core Strategies© and a range of BBI best practices. These practices have focused on preventing the need for restraints, seclusions, and other coercive practices, and promoting permanency, family-driven, youth-guided, and trauma-informed care, cultural and linguistic competence, strength/resiliency-based, and individualized care. She is the editor of two books on residential best practices and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and documents to support the field.