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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin September 2010


The Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center at the University of Maryland has just released its white paper, “Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Urban Poverty on Family Systems: Risks, Resilience, and Interventions.” The white paper reviews the clinical and research literatures on the impact of trauma—within the context of urban poverty—on the family system, including the individual child or adult; adult intimate partnerships; parent-child, siblings, and intergenerational relationships; and the family as a whole. By writing the white paper, the FITT Center sought to widen the lens of trauma-informed care in two ways: focusing on familial responses to trauma and laying the foundational knowledge for trauma-specific family-centered interventions that strengthen the family’s ability to adapt, cope, and heal.

Early Childhood Trauma
The Early Childhood Trauma section of the website is now available as a PDF for easy printing. Learn about the nature, scope, and consequences of early childhood trauma and efforts to help children and families.

NCTSN-Affiliated Resources
To instantly link to resources from Network members and partners, go to the home page and click on the third slide in the slide show banner (via the third dot below the slides). Presto! The NCTSN-Affiliated Resources lists papers, websites, toolkits, and learning platforms developed by Network sites or through significant collaboration between the Network and other organizations.


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, Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center; Joy Osofsky, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Ruth Paris, PhD, Boston University; Phil Stepka, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Forty percent of military service members have children, and—among those service members—40% have children under the age of six. Mental health professionals can help these children cope with the stresses that their families experience. In this presentation, Network members discuss how they have worked with branches of our country's military to promote the wellbeing of young children in military families.

Schools and Trauma Speaker Series
Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, (and) Words CAN Hurt Me: A Trauma-Informed Understanding of Bullying
September 22, 2010 (12:00 p.m. PDT)
Presenters: Judy Chaisson, PhD, Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity; Amy Foster Wolferman, MEd, National Native Children's Trauma Center; Sharon A. Heno, MEd, LPC, NCC, Mercy Family Center; Marcy Otten, MEd, National Native Children's Trauma Center
Presenters will use the prevalence and impact of trauma as a lens through which to deepen our understanding of bullying. Applicable for school mental health professionals, school staff, and other interested individuals, the program will consider the impact of bullying on the targeted child as well as the bully and will address the response at the school site.

Military Families Learning Community
Master Speaker Series

FOCUS Family-Centered Prevention
September 23, 2010 (10:00 p.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, a trauma-informed, evidence-based, family-centered, and resiliency building and prevention program providing services to US Military families stationed in the US and Japan. Dr. Lester will describe the program and present data on the program’s effectiveness.


The first study of the perceptions of providers utilizing PFA in response to a hurricane appeared in August’s Journal of Traumatic Stress (Volume 23, No. 4, August 2010, pages 509-513). In Perceptions of Psychological First Aid Among Providers Responding to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Brian Allen, PsyD; Melissa J. Brymer, PhD, PsyD; Alan M. Steinberg, PhD; Eric M. Vernberg, PhD; Anne Jacobs, PhD; Anthony H. Speier, PhD; and Robert S. Pynoos, MD found that Psychological First Aid was viewed as a helpful and confidence-increasing resource by disaster responders to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, with PFA providers endorsing as most helpful the core actions of safety and comfort, contact and engagement, and practical assistance.

Judith A. Cohen, Lucy Berliner, and Anthony P. Mannarino’s article Trauma-Focused CBT for Children with Co-occurring Trauma and Behavior Problems appeared in the April issue of Child Abuse and Neglect (Volume 34, No. 4, April 2010, pages 215-224). The authors describe practical strategies for managing problem behavior in the context of trauma-focused evidence-based treatment.

In its April issue, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Volume 49, No. 4, April 2010, pages 414-430) published Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of PTSD in Children and Adolescents by Judith A. Cohen, MD; Oscar Bukstein, MD, MPH; Heather Walter, MD, MPH; and other members of the AACAP's Work Group On Quality Issues. The Practice Parameter reviews research and clinical evidence and highlights significant advances in the years since the previous Practice Parameter (1998). Stressing the importance of early identification, information gathering from parents and children, and assessment and treatment of comorbid conditions, the article presents evidence to support trauma-focused psychotherapy, medication, and other interventions in a multi-modal approach.


Bullet Icon Partnering with Youth and Families in Trauma Settings Speaker Series
Compensation for Family and Youth Involvement: Why it's critical.
October 12, 2010 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C, University of Maryland; Vikki Rompala, LCSW, Chicago Child Trauma Center, IL; Korla Williams and Christina Adams, Consumers
Organizations often face the challenges of diminishing resources and wanting to make funding stretch. When trauma-focused programs and organizations collaborate with youth and families, they face questions about compensation for these youth and families. Presenters will address practical ways that two organizations approached the issue of compensation in their partnering with youth and families, and give an overview of resources that may be available in determining the funding policies and approaches within an organization. Two consumer presenters will discuss how compensation has affected the process of involvement.

Bullet Icon Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
Combat Operational Stress Model/COSFA
October 19, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: William Nash, MD, Captain, Medical Corps, US Navy (Ret.)
William P. Nash, MD, has completed nearly thirty years of active military service, including as Captain in the US Navy Medical Corps. Dr. Nash will discuss the combat/operational stress continuum (COSC) and Combat/Operational Stress First Aid (COSFA) in the US Navy and US Marine Corps.

Bullet Icon Schools and Trauma Speaker Series
Sudden Death On a School Campus: Impact and Response
October 27, 2010 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Joshua Kaufman, LCSW, Los Angeles Unified School District School Mental Health Services; Robin Goodman, PhD, ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Bereavement Center; Petra Galindo, LCSW, Los Angeles Unified School District School Mental Health Services
NCTSN's School Committee and Child Traumatic Grief Committee collaborate to discuss the impact of sudden death on children and the school community. Presenters will suggest best practices in the areas of prevention, response, and recovery; school staff support; and self-care.

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