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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin November 2010


NEW Speaker Series: Child Physical Abuse
The Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series—a new monthly series sponsored by the NCTSN Physical Abuse Collaborative Group—begins November 4th and continues through May, 2011. The series will feature top experts in the field and will cover such topics as engagement strategies, assessment, cultural and systems issues, and evidence-based interventions for families in which there is known or suspected child physical abuse.

Empowering Families and Professionals in Cases of Child Physical Abuse: Introduction to the Speaker Series
November 4, 2010 (10:00 p.m. PST)
Presenters: Melissa Runyon, PhD, CARES Institute, UMDNJ-SOM; Polly Thornhill, LMSW, Catholic Charities, Inc.; Christina Bach, MEd, LPC, Catholic Charities, Inc.

In an introduction to the 7-month series, the speakers will provide an overview of the prevalence and incidence of child physical abuse and the status of research and practice in the field. Through case examples, the speakers will illustrate the impact of physical abuse on children, identify characteristics of physically abusive caregivers and families, and highlight common biases related to working with these families.

Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
US Air Force Culture/Keesler AFB Collaboration with NCTSN Site in Gulfport
November 16, 2010 (CANCELLED)
Presenter: Major Eric M. Flake MD, Chief, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Keesler Air Force Base, MS

Major Eric Flake will provide an overview of US Air Force culture, impact of combat and deployment on military children, and a description of current mental health programs to support military families and children.

Child Sexual Abuse Webinars
Secondary Traumatic Stress in Professionals Treating Child Sexual Abuse
November 16, 2010 (12:30 p.m. PST)
Presenters: Judy Cohen, MD; Susana Rivera, PhD; and Leslie Ross, PsyD

This webinar describes therapist, supervisor, and organizational challenges and opportunities to address secondary traumatic stress that may occur when serving clients who have experienced child sexual abuse. The presenters will highlight cultural considerations, the critical role of professional self-care, and organizational strategies clinicians need to care optimally for ourselves as we provide care for others.

NEW Webinars Added: Complex Trauma Speaker Series
The Complex Trauma Speaker Series is adding two new webinars in November and in January. Cheryl Lanktree, PhD, who developed Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT), will speak about advanced topics related to the implementation of ITCT.

Attachment-Focused Interventions of ITCT-C and ITCT-A for Children, Adolescents, and Their Families
November 18, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Cheryl Lanktree, PhD, Private Practice/NCTSN Affiliate, University of Southern California

Dr. Lanktree will describe the attachment-focused interventions ITCT-C and ITCT-A and their use with children, adolescents, and their families.



Bullet IconThe new edition of the Adolescent Violence Prevention Knowledge Path of the Maternal and Health Library at Georgetown University now includes the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in its Violent Crimes Victims section. The Knowledge Path directs readers to recent resources from public health, medical, criminal justice, education, and social services literature that measure, document, and monitor adolescent violence; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. Separate sections link to resources on specific aspects of adolescent violence: bullying, dating violence, family violence, firearms, gangs, media violence, school violence, suicide, and violent-crime victimization. The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University created the Knowledge Path for health and social services professionals, educators, policymakers, and community advocates.
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Bullet IconThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families has released the final two volumes of The Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series that provides guidance on identifying, preventing, and effectively responding to child maltreatment.
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Bullet IconPsychopharmacologic Treatment of Traumatized Youth, by Maria Stamatakos and John V. Campo of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry, reviews and summarizes existing literature regarding pharmacological interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. Published in the Current Opinion in Pediatrics (Volume 22, No. 5, October 2010, pages 599-604), the literature search, limited to articles, focuses on the pharmacological treatment of children ages 0–18 years with a history of trauma and/or PTSD.
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Bullet IconThe Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has published the article The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention: Secondary prevention for youth at risk of developing PTSD. Authors S.J. Berkowitz, C.S. Stover, and S.R. Marans evaluated the effectiveness of a four-session, caregiver-child intervention, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), designed to prevent the development of chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when provided within 30 days of exposure to a potentially traumatic event (online publication date: September 24, 2010).
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Military Families Learning Community Master Speaker Series
Look Who’s Coming to Visit NCTSN … Friends from Sesame Street!
December 7, 2010 (1:00 p.m. EST)
Presenters: Ms. Lynn Chwatsky, Sesame Workshop; Stephen Cozza, M.D., USUHS Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; Ms. Barbara Thompson, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy; Russell Shilling, Ph.D., CAPT, MSC, USN, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Mrs. Patty Shinseki, Military Child Education Coalition; Judith Cohen, M.D., Allegheny General Hospital; Hosted by Dr. Gregory Leskin, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Join us for a lively and informative introduction to Sesame Workshop’s groundbreaking initiative for military families, Talk, Listen, Connect. Developed in conjunction with military and mental health experts, Talk, Listen, Connect is a bilingual, multimedia outreach program designed to help military families with young children coping with challenging transitions in their lives. Through video, music, and print materials, beloved Sesame Street characters—including Elmo and Rosita—address issues such as deployment, a parent’s return home with a combat related injury, and the death of a parent. During the Webinar, trauma experts, military experts, and members of the Sesame Workshop team will share clips from the Talk, Listen, Connect initiative, discuss key lessons learned during the development process, and review how clinicians and caregivers can use Talk, Listen, Connect to help military families and children.

Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Engaging Families At Risk for Physical Abuse: Strategies for Clinicians
December 9, 2010 (1:00 p.m. EST)
Presenters: Elissa Brown, PhD, The PARTNERS Program, St. John's University; Lucy Berliner, MSW, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, University of Washington

Speakers will debunk myths about parents who engage in physically abusive behavior and will provide specific, evidence-based strategies to engage families from initial outreach through course of treatment. After defining terms and key issues, the presenters will highlight common challenges and describe potential solutions, including phone scripts, motivational interviewing, and de-escalation training.

Partnering with Youth and Families in Trauma Settings Speaker Series
Building Organizational and Individual Capacity for Youth and Family Alumni Leaders
December 14, 2010 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Sarah Gardner, MSW, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Tricialouise Gurley, YOUTHMOVE and University of Maryland; Michelle Renee Ramskill, Family Advocate, Rock to Stop Violence

Speakers will focus on identifying alumni at NCTSN sites and the resources involved in developing leadership in family and youth. They will highlight contributions that family and youth leaders have made and the vital role they play as advocates. A consumer will describe how she recruited and developed national youth leaders and what the experience has meant to her.

lightbulb graphic NCTSN Track at the San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
Early registration ends December 1, so don't delay in arranging for you and your team to attend. This year's conference promises to be better than ever. There is something for everyone! Our pre-conference institute features the NCTSN’s Psychological First Aid in Schools. BUT WAIT, there’s MORE! You’ll find sessions on working with Latino families, family-oriented assessment and approaches, intensive clinical skill-building for experienced practitioners, working with homeless youth, brain development and attachment, early childhood trauma-informed systems, CPS casework, assessment of complex trauma, military families, building and sustaining systems, trauma-informed child welfare systems, fostering learning and engagement in training, violence prevention, adapting TF-CBT in residential facilities, and much, much MORE. We are truly fortunate to have such a stellar line-up of speakers this year.
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