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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin August 2010


The NCTSN En Espanol site has recently received another facelift! The Translations Review Committee has continued to revamp this site with a focus on making the site more user friendly for Spanish-speaking families.


Partnering with Youth and Families in Trauma Settings
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, and Kay Connors, LCSW-C, University of Maryland, Baltimore
This session focuses on different ways of approaching peer to peer support at NCTSN sites. It will also illustrate what resources may be needed for different approaches. Consumer perspectives will show how being involved has impacted them and also what they have seen from other consumers involved in peer to peer processes.

Military Families Learning Community
Master Speaker Series

Understanding Deployment Related Stressors and
Long-term Health in Military Service Members and Veterans: the Millennium Cohort Study

August 17, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Tyler Smith, PhD, Director of the Naval Health Research Center
Dr. Smith will present on the Millennium Cohort Study. The Millennium Cohort Study is the largest prospective health project in military history. It is designed to evaluate the long-term mental and physical health effects of military service, including deployments. Additional studies will be described to examine the effect of military services on family members.


Bullet Icon Young Children and Trauma: Service System Collaborations Speaker Series
Consultation with the Military
September 17, 2010 (11:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C, Joy Osofsky, PhD, Ruth Paris, PhD, Phil Stepka, PhD
The Zero to Six Collaborative Group sponsors this series that describes how mental health professionals can engage with community service systems to facilitate identification of very young children affected by trauma and interventions and other approaches to promote their behavioral health and social/emotional development.

Bullet Icon Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
FOCUS Family Centered Prevention
September 23, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Patricia Lester, MD, Director, FOCUS & Associate Professor-in-Residence, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Dr. Patricia Lester will present on FOCUS for Military Families. FOCUS is a trauma-informed evidence-based family-centered resiliency building and prevention program providing services to US Military families in the US and Japan. Dr. Lester will provide a description of the program as well as program effectiveness data.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Logo Join the Vulnerable Populations Community Forum from August 3rd through August 20th for a conversation on The Impact of Chronic Trauma on Young People. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be sponsoring this important conversation about youth, trauma, and neuroscience in order to learn more about the impact of chronic trauma and toxic stress on the healthy brain development of young people. The Vulnerable Populations Portfolio at RWJF created the online community forum where they hope to learn from you—the expert—while connecting you to other experts concerned about this important issue. They are seeking your input to guide early exploration into funding opportunities that will make a difference on this issue.
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Toolkit for Adapting Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) or Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) for Implementation with Youth in Foster Care was recently released by RAND Corporation. The toolkit was created to assist school-based mental health professionals and child welfare social workers in adapting either Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) or Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) for youth in foster care. The Toolkit was sponsored by Casey Family Programs and authored by Dana Schultz, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Anita Chandra, Lisa H. Jaycox, Erin Maher, and Peter Pecora.
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The Justice Policy Institute, a Washington DC-based organization dedicated to reducing rates of incarceration and promoting just and effective social policies, released a brief on July 7 called "Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense." In arguing that the juvenile justice system needs to be more trauma-informed, the brief makes extensive use of information developed by NCTSN's Justice Committee and published in NCTSN documents and on the NCTSN Web site. The JPI press credits the NCTSN in its press release which describes the brief as "based largely on the collaborative work of researchers, clinicians, and members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network." The brief includes current facts and figures on child trauma.
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Statistical Brief #242, “The Five Most Costly Children’s Conditions, 2006: Estimates for the US Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17”, was recently released. The Statistical Brief presents data from MEPSHC regarding medical expenditures associated with the five most costly conditions for children ages 0–17 in 2006. The five most costly conditions for children were listed as mental disorders, asthma, trauma-related disorders, acute bronchitis, and infectious diseases, as determined by totaling and ranking the expenses by condition for all medical care provided in 2006.
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Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families. This year's report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, continues more than a decade of dedication and collaboration by agencies across the Federal Government to advance our understanding of our nation's children and what may be needed to bring them a better tomorrow. These child well-being indicators span seven domains: Family and Social Environment, Economic Circumstances, Health Care, Physical Environment and Safety, Behavior, Education, and Health.
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