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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin June 2010

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Public Awareness Observances for June
June is World Refugee Awareness Month and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

NOTEWORTHY RESOURCES

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has published “Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents: A Review,” by Jeffrey R. Strawn, MD; Brooks R. Keeshin, MD; Melissa P. DelBello, MD; Thomas D. Geracioti Jr, MD; and NCTSN member Frank W. Putnam, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Despite the high prevalence and significant morbidity associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents, the data necessary to guide psychopharmacologic interventions are limited and conflicting. In this article, noted experts in the field summarize and interpret the current evidence pertaining to psychopharmacologic interventions.
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A new AACAP Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder was developed by primary author and NCTSN member Judith A. Cohen, MD, and the Work Group on Quality Issues. This Practice Parameter reviews new findings from research and clinical experience since the previous parameter was published in 1998. It highlights significant advances in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, such as the importance of early diagnosis, the benefits of gathering information from both parents and children, and the assessment and treatment of co-morbid disorders. It presents evidence to support trauma-focused psychotherapy, medications, and a combination of interventions in a multimodal approach.
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The Center for Child and Family Health developed its Learning Portal to enhance assessment and treatment of children exposed to domestic violence. Courses in the Portal address behavior management, assessment and screening, legal issues, and related topics. Launched in February 2010 as part of a North Carolina-based pilot project, the site is now open to the public. As of April 2010, 600 "seats" in the courses have been made available to professionals in all fields who work with children exposed to domestic violence.
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The Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience at Children's Hospital Boston
has developed a Web-based toolkit to help service providers foster the mental health and general well-being of refugee children and families. The toolkit will help providers understand the refugee experience, identify needs associated with refugee families’ mental health, and access the most appropriate interventions. The toolkit outlines the major stressors refugee children and families face, provides case examples, and offers links to additional resources.
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COMING NEXT MONTH

Bullet Icon Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma Impact on Families
July 13, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Dr. Laura Howe, Neuropsychologist, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center

Bullet Icon Young Children and Trauma: Service System Collaborations Speaker Series
Consultation with Child Protective Services
July 15, 2010 (11:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Julie Larrieu, PhD, Tulane University Health Science Center

NEW ON THE NCTSN LEARNING CENTER

Partnering with Youth and Families in Trauma Settings Speaker Series
Creating and Sustaining Boards
June 8, 2010 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Rose Clervil, MM, CAGS/NEG, National Center on Family Homelessness, Gladys Fonfield-Ayinla, Family Advocate, National Center on Family Homelessness and Marilyn Thayer, MEd, Colorado State University
This presentation focuses on the ways that two NCTSN sites have developed consumer advisory boards, and the challenges and successes they faced in the process. Representatives from each center will present practical approaches for engaging consumers and will share how consumers have been affected by their experience.

Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
U.S. Navy Culture
June 15, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: CAPT Paul Hammer, Director, Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control, Naval Medical Center San Diego
CAPT Hammer will present on U.S. Navy culture and the impact of deployment stress on Navy families. He will also discuss combat and operational stress control (COSC) programs, policies, and practices.

Terrorism, Disaster and Children Speaker Series
Preparing for Hurricane Season? Hear about the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and ways to improve response and recovery efforts for children in the future.

Katrina's Children: Response, Resilience, and Recovery
Available On Demand
Presenters: Joy Osofsky, PhD and Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD, Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center

Culture and Trauma Speaker Series Part I & II
The Learning Center has resources related to both of the Public Awareness Observances for June.

Trauma among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth
Available On Demand
Presenters: Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW, and Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families

Child and Adolescent Refugee Mental Health
Available On Demand
Presenters: B. Heidi Ellis PhD, Center for Behavioral Science, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Ruth Campbell, LCSW, former program director for the International Institute of New Jersey's Cultural Adjustment and Trauma Services program

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