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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin July 2010


An updated section on Traumatic Grief
offers better access to Network resources to help families and providers address traumatic grief reactions in children. We also provide lists of relevant organizations, books, articles, games, and videos from other sources, with Web links when available.

Training and Education
We've revised and expanded the Training and Education section of the Website to provide streamlined access to our print and multimedia educational products, Learning Collaboratives, and the Learning Center.


PFA Online: Current Events
Assisting Children and Families Affected by the Gulf Oil Spill
July 7, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Ginny Sprang, PhD; Doug Walker, PhD; Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD; Gilbert Reyes, PhD; Shelley Foreman, LPC
Moderators: Melissa Brymer, PhD, and Patricia Watson, PhD.
The panel will discuss current concerns affecting children and families living in the Gulf Region; available activities and resources; and plans for long-term recovery. The panel will also discuss how mental heath providers and rescue workers can protect themselves from burn-out and secondary stress.

Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma: Impact on Families
July 13, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Laura Howe, PhD, Neuropsychologist, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Howe will present an overview of diagnosis and rehabilitation strategies for service members with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She will also discuss the impact of TBI on families.

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 Sciences Center.
Young children have the highest rates of abuse and neglect, and are the fastest growing category of children entering foster care in the United States. Dr. Larrieu will discuss how mental health professionals can work with child protective services workers to provide trauma-informed care to these infants and toddlers.


Bullet Icon Partnering with Youth and Families in Trauma Settings Speaker Series
Building a Peer to Peer Component in Your Setting
August 10, 2010 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Clinton Tates and Anne Capers, Family Advocates, MD Coalition for Families Mental Health; Shannon CrossBear, Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Bullet Icon Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
Navy Health Research Center/Millennium Cohort Study
August 17, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Tyler Smith, PhD, Director, DoD Center for Deployment Research


The Courage to Remember: Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum Guide & Companion CD The Courage to Remember: Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum Guide & Companion CD NOW AVAILABLE free of charge from the SAMHSA National Mental Health Information Center! The Courage to Remember Guide and CD provide specific intervention guidelines and options for childhood traumatic grief. They also introduce principles of treatment that have been identified as helpful in treating the condition and offer practitioners an opportunity to enhance their treatment skills.
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Guidestar is a non-profit information resource from Philanthropic Research, Inc., that has information for nonprofits, donors, and foundations about non-profit organizations and management. It provides a research service for nonprofits and offers articles, a newsletter, and Webinars.
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Appearing in the April 2010 issue of the American Psychological Association’s Journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, "Building National Capacity for Child and Family Disaster Mental Health Research ” was authored by NCTSN members Betty Pfefferbaum and J. Brian Houston, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Alan M. Steinberg and Robert S. Pynoos, University of California, Los Angeles; Gilbert Reyes, Fielding Graduate University; John A. Fairbank, Duke University Medical Center; and Melissa J. Brymer and Carl A. Maida University of California, Los Angeles. The paper addresses the Child and Family Disaster Research Training and Education (DRT) program that is focused specifically on enhancing national capacity to conduct disaster mental health research related to children.
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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in collaboration with the NCTSN and OJJDP, published the Technical Assistance Bulletin “Ten Things Every Juvenile Court Judge Should Know About Trauma and Delinquency.” This online resource was authored by NCTSN Affiliate Kristine Buffington, MSW, NCCTS Service Systems Program Coordinator Carly B. Dierkhising, MA, and Shawn C. Marsh, PhD, Program Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
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NCTSN member Heidi Ellis, PhD, Children's Hospital Boston Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience, is featured in a video about the Caring Across Communities program in a middle school in Dorchester, MA. A national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Caring Across Communities places mental health workers and programs in the schools, offers cultural training to teachers, and involves families and communities.
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The Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience also just released a Web-based Refugee Services Toolkit and is seeking feedback from a range of social service professionals via a link on their Toolkit page.
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