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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin April 2010


Cover of RPC Facilitator Guide Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents.
These print materials are designed as a comprehensive curriculum on child trauma for resource parents. Participants will learn how trauma affects the children in their care, and gain practical tools for supporting their children’s safety, permanency, and well-being. The curriculum includes a number of exercises to help participants master the skills of trauma-informed parenting. Materials available for download or purchase are a Facilitator’s Guide divided into eight 90-minute modules; a Participant Handbook; and a Slide Kit.

NCTSN print products now available for purchase from the FedEx Office DocStore DocStore order iconCaring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse; the Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators; Child Traumatic Stress: What Every Policymaker Should KnowChild Traumatic Grief in Military Children (separate versions for families, educators, and medical providers), and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit.

NCTSN DVDs now available for purchase from the FedEx Office DocStore DocStore order icon include The Promise of Trauma-Focused Therapy for Childhood Sexual Abuse; Children of War, a video for educators about the refugee child’s experience; and Cops, Kids & Domestic Violence.

Now available on the Información en Español page: an audio Q&A on domestic violence with Alicia Lieberman, PhD, University of California at San Francisco.

Updated listings of NCTSN members, including new abstracts for sites funded in 2009.

An NCTSN map showing locations of Network members and affiliates nationwide, and available for download.


Master Clinician Series
April 12, 2010
The Trauma Center at JRI
NCTSN member Bessel van der Kolk, MD. speaks about Innovations and Future Directions in the Treatment of Trauma.
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The Mind of Mario: Trauma and Juvenile Justice
The Chicago Child Trauma Center at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, an NCTSN member, collaborated with Chicago Public Radio on an episode for their series on the juvenile justice system in Illinois. It features the story of Mario, a leader of La Rabida’s Youth Advisory Board, whose mission is to help others understand the impact of trauma and the importance of treatment by sharing his experience and wisdom. The series can be accessed on line and includes links to several NCTSN products.
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The Link, an online newsletter from the Child Welfare League of America, features a position paper by CWLA's National Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (NACJJ). In urging the juvenile justice community to recognize the strong connections between childhood trauma and juvenile delinquency, the paper cites the CAC Directors Guide to Mental Health, a product of the Child Welfare Committee of the NCTSN, as well as the National Children’s Alliance.
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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released "Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2006: Selected Findings. The bulletin provides data from the Juvenile Residential Facility Census, which collects information about the facilities in which juvenile offenders are held. Facilities report on such characteristics as size, structure, type, ownership, and security arrangement, as well as the range of services they provide to youth in their care.
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Online Tool Provides Strategies for Preventing Community Gang Violence
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs has created an online tool that teaches communities effective strategies to address local gang problems. The tool, provided by OJJDP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Gang Center, is called the Comprehensive Gang Model Overview. It provides a 23-minute discussion of OJJDP's model for identifying target areas with high levels of gang activity, locating gangs, and focusing appropriate resources on them. The tool also describes how communities can follow proven anti-gang strategies and how to implement the model locally.
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E-Learning Modules for Staff Working with Homeless Youth
The Community Trauma Treatment Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth, a collaborative effort of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, has launched a new series of e-learning modules. While these courses were designed to help orient and educate direct service staff working with homeless youth, the content is relevant for other high risk and vulnerable populations. One of the nine modules, “Trauma and Runaway and Homeless Youth”, provides an overview of the connection between trauma and homelessness for youth and basic psycho-education about the impact of trauma on adolescent development.
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May 19, 2010 (10 am PST)
Hispanic Stigma towards Trauma Treatment and Engagement Recommendations in TF-CBT
Presenter: Dante Jimenez, M.A., LPC, NCC, Behavioral Health Clinic

May 18, 2010 (10am PST)
US Army Culture/ Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Proponency
Presenter: COL Kris Peterson M.D., Medical Corps, U.S. Army


Sponsored by the Partnering with Youth and Families Committee, this 6-session Speaker Series explores the expanding initiative to increase youth and family involvement in the work of the NCTSN. The Series offers practical tools and tips for assessing, implementing, and prioritizing youth and family involvement in all NCTSN organizations.

Engaging Family and Youth in Trauma Focused Treatment
April 13, 2010 (9am PST)
Presenters: Lilas Rajaee-Moore, MA, Denver Juvenile Probation; Lisa Conradi, PsyD, Rady Children's Hospital; Sue Badeau, Parent, Consultant and Director, Casey Family Programs
This session suggests practical ways to partner with youth and families within settings based on different resources and organizational structures, from the perspective of providers, and family members and youth.

Youth and Family Engagement: Introduction to Pathways To Partnerships
Available on Demand
Presenters: Jim Sumrow, Family Advocate, Rady Children’s Hospital, CA; Sarah Gardner, LCSW-C, Kennedy Krieger Institute, MD; and Vikki Rompala, LCSW, Chicago Child Trauma Center, IL
This first session presents a comprehensive introduction to Pathways to Partnership with Youth and Families in the NCTSN, an informational and assessment manual created by NCTSN’s Partnering with Youth and Families Committee.

Continuing their mission to promote culturally competent, trauma-informed treatments and services, the Culture Consortium sponsors the third in a series of webinars exploring the fusion of culture and trauma in clinical practice.

Immigration and Trauma: Clinical Observations of Four Immigrant Psychotherapists Working With Latino Immigrant Families
April 21, 2010 (10am PST)
Presenters: Gabriela Perez, MA, Clinical Director, SCAN, Griselda Oliver, LMFT, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Child Trauma Research Program, Marta Casas, MA, Coordinator, Latino Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, Latino Health Institute, Carmen Norona, MS, Ed., Clinical Coordinator, The Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center.

Cultural Considerations in Working with Latino Clients Using the Child-Parent Psychotherapy Model
Available on Demand
Presenters: Maricella Mendez Sherwin, PhD, Program Coordinator, Project ABC, Children's Institute
Dr. Sherwin discusses factors that may predispose Latinos to violence, strategies to engage Latino clients in CPP treatment, and ways to strengthen the relationship with and support the family during crisis.

What Keeps Us Connected? How to Focus on What Matters When Things Get Tense
Available on Demand
Presenters: Lisette Rivas-Hermina, MS, LMFT, NCTSN affiliate member.
This webinar explores our similarities and teaches ushow to establish and maintain connection in times of crisis.

Top experts in each of the military’s branches of services address issues of military culture, the impact of military and combat deployment on children and families, and the strengths and perspectives of those serving in the US Armed Services.

Military Children and Families: Supporting Health and Managing Risk
Available on Demand
Presenters: Stephen J. Cozza, MD, Colonel (Ret) MC, USA, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
Dr. Cozza presents on the strengths of military families and children, and on strategies for working with military families in community settings. Dr. Cozza also discusses his work as an advisor to the Sesame Street program “Talk, Listen, Connect” as well as his research to understand the impact of parental injury on military children and families.

Impact of the Military Mission and Combat Deployment on Service Members
Available on Demand
Presenters: David Benedek, MD, Colonel, MC, USA, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
COL Benedek describes the range of psychosocial issues related to deployment and their potential effects on service member and family well-being, highlights findings of Mental Health Assessment Team studies of deployed service members and describes intervention approaches.

The Military Families Learning Community also features Essentials for Those Who Care for Military Children and Families, over 15 podcasts from top military experts discussing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps cultures, available mental health services for Active Duty, Veteran, National Guard and Reserve, impact of deployment on military children and families, becoming a TRICARE provider, Military OneSource, and building community capacity to serve military families.

The Zero to Six Collaborative Group sponsors this series which describes how mental health professionals can engage with community service systems to facilitate identification and intervention with very young children who are affected by trauma, and to promote their behavioral health and social/emotional development.

Consultation in Pediatric Settings
Available on Demand
Presenters: Betsy McAllister Groves, LICSW, Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center and Mark Rains, PhD, Vienna Mountain Consulting
Learn how mental health professionals can work with nurses, pediatricians and other health care professionals to effectively serve their youngest patients and their families.


Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding Child Sexual Abuse and Coping within the School Setting: Lessons from the film “Precious
Available on Demand
Presenters: Audra Langley, PhD, Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, & Wellness in Schools; Judith Cohen, MD, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Megan Mooney PhD, Depelchin Children's Center; Thea Landesberg, ESL Teacher, Clifton High School, New Jersey
Sponsored by the Child Sexual Abuse and School Committees, this webinar for teachers and educators presents valuable information about the prevalence of child sexual abuse and its impact on schools and students’ academic lives, while focusing on the ways that educators can and do help children who have experienced child abuse.

Raising Awareness of Child Abuse: Collaborating with News Professionals
Available on Demand
Presenters: Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director, DART Center for Journalism and Trauma and Elana Newman, PhD, Research Director, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
Sponsored by the Child Sexual Abuse Committee, this webinar explores how to address the topic of child sexual abuse in public discourse in the media. The Academy Award-winning movie "Precious" offers a unique opportunity to raise the topic of child sexual abuse without the usual stigma and to increase public understanding about how it is addressed.

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