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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin May 2010

NEW ON THE NCTSN WEBSITE

NEW SECTION! Early Childhood Trauma
Developed by the Zero to Six Collaborative Group, this section features information on the nature, prevalence, and consequences of early childhood trauma and provides guidance on resources and interventions that can help children and their families.

EXPANDED CONTENT! Domestic Violence
As of July 2009, Network sites reported that more than 44% of the children they serve had been exposed to domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Collaborative Group has developed extensive materials on the identification and treatment of children with this exposure. Interventions developed by Network members and key service system responses to domestic violence are highlighted.

RESOURCES IN SPANISH! Información en Español
The Translations Review Committee has redesigned the Spanish language page for ease of use by families and consumers. Formerly one long page, the new design has two tabs and added photos. The first tab (¡Bienvenidos!) welcomes users. The second tab (Recursos) lists resources.

PUBLIC AWARENESS OBSERVANCES FOR MAY:
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
National Mental Health Awareness Month
National Foster Care Month

NOTEWORTHY RESOURCES

Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency
Grounded in theory and research on complex childhood trauma, this new book by NCTSN members at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute provides an accessible, flexible, and comprehensive framework for intervention with children and adolescents and their caregivers. The authors show how to plan and organize individualized interventions that promote resilience, strengthen child-caregiver relationships, and restore developmental competencies derailed by chronic, multiple stressors. Blaustein, M. E., & Kinniburgh, K. M. (2010). Treating traumatic stress in children and adolescents: How to foster resilience through attachment, self-regulation, and competency. New York: Guilford Press.
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When Families Grieve
This continuation of Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Talk, Listen, Connect outreach initiative launched in April with the premiere of a one-hour primetime television special on PBS featuring Katie Couric and the Sesame Street Muppets. The special presented personal stories about families coping with the death of a parent, as well as the strategies that have helped these families move forward. Immediately following the special, Sesame Workshop began the nationwide rollout of close to one million free multimedia kits to families and grief service providers. Through partnerships with organizations within the military and the general public that already provide services and resources to grieving families, Sesame Workshop will ensure that kits reach those who need them most.
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Two new federal reports of child abuse and neglect statistics
The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4) provides updated estimates of the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the United States and measures changes in incidence from the earlier studies.
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Child Maltreatment 2008 is the latest annual report based on the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems (NCANDS).
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So You Have a Stable Child Welfare Workforce—What's Next?
Co-authored by NCTSN members Virginia Strand and Stephanie Bosco-Ruggiero of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Robin Spath of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, this article appears in the March 2010 issue of Children and Youth Services Review. Strand and her colleagues studied the contribution of personal and agency factors to job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and retention.
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SAMHSA’s recently posted “10 Strategic Initiatives”
Several of SAMHSA’s new initiatives are related to the NCTSN mission, particularly  #2, “Trauma and Justice: Reduce the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health and behavioral healthcare systems and to divert people with substance use and mental disorders from criminal and juvenile justice systems into trauma-informed treatment and recovery.”
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Children’s Mental Health Care Following Hurricane Katrina: A Field Trial of Trauma-Focused Psychotherapies
This article appears in the April 2010 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Co-authors with Lisa H. Jaycox of RAND Corporation include NCTSN members Judith A. Cohen and Anthony P. Mannarino of Allegheny General Hospital, Douglas W. Walker and Kate L. Gegenheimer of Mercy Family Center and Audra K. Langley, University of California, Los Angeles. New Orleans school children participated in an assessment and field trial of two trauma-focused interventions 15 months after Hurricane Katrina. The study and its implications for future post-disaster mental health work are discussed.
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COMING NEXT MONTH

Bullet Icon PARTNERING WITH YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN TRAUMA SETTINGS SPEAKER SERIES
June 8, 2010 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Creating and Sustaining Boards
Presenters: Rose Clervil, MM, CAGS/NEG, National Center on Family Homelessness, Gladys Fonfield-Ayinla, National Center on Family Homelessness, and Marilyn Thayer, MEd, Colorado State University

Bullet Icon MILITARY FAMILIES LEARNING COMMUNITY MASTER SPEAKER SERIES
June 15, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PST)
U.S. Navy Culture
Presenter: CAPT Paul Hammer, MD, Director of the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control

NEW ON THE NCTSN LEARNING CENTER

Psychological First Aid Online

This is an online adaptation of a program for which NCTSN has won wide accolades and adoption nationwide. PFA Online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation's trauma experts and survivors. PFA Online also offers a learning community where participants can share their own experiences in using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, and NACCHO.

YOUNG CHILDREN AND TRAUMA: SERVICE SYSTEM COLLABORATIONS
Consultation in the Context of Disasters and Terrorism
May 14, 2010 (11:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters:  Joy Osofsky, PhD, Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Claude Chemtob, PhD, Children’s Trauma Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Two practitioners with decades of experience will discuss how they work across service systems to help young children and families in the aftermath of disasters and terrorism.

MILITARY FAMILIES LEARNING COMMUNITY MASTER SPEAKER SERIES
U.S. Army Culture, CAF-BHP – Child Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Proponency
May 18, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Kris A. Peterson MD, COL, Medical Corps, U.S. Army, Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
COL Peterson will present an overview of available services to support U.S. Army children, adolescents and families, and will discuss models of care developed to deliver mental health services.

CULTURE AND TRAUMA SPEAKER SERIES, PART III
Stigma Surrounding Trauma Treatment in the Hispanic Community and Recommendations for Engagement in TF-CBT Treatment
May 19, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Dante Jimenez, MA, LPC, NCC, Clinical Director, Behavioral Health Clinic
While the nature of a traumatic event itself has powerful effects on treatment outcomes, other social (systemic) factors, such as stigma surrounding treatment, play equally important roles. In addition to stigma, some other systemic factors that affect Latin American children are immigration history and status, nationality, level of acculturation, and the need for culturally sensitive methods of engagement in treatment and service delivery. This presentation discusses how these factors have been addressed in a border town clinic which utilizes TF-CBT.

SERVICE SYSTEMS SPEAKER SERIES
It’s National Foster Care Month! Check out this presentation from the “On Demand” library in the Learning Center.

Building Trauma-Informed Systems and Practices for Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
Available On Demand
Presenter: Charles Wilson, MSSW, Executive Director, Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Most children who enter the child welfare system have experienced significant trauma in their lives.  In this presentation, Charles Wilson describes the importance of addressing trauma within the child welfare system and introduces the nine "Essential Elements of Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice." He also describes the NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, a valuable resource for the child welfare community.

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