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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin December 2010


Don’t forget to check the events calendar on the NCTSN Website. You’ll find updates for new network and non-network related meetings, conferences, webinars, or presentations. Check it out!
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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 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Lynn Chwatsky, Sesame Workshop; Stephen Cozza, MD, USUHS Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; Barbara Thompson, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy; Russell Shilling, PhD, CAPT, MSC, USN, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Patty Shinseki, Military Child Education Coalition; Judith Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Hosted by Gregory Leskin, PhD, 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.
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Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Engaging Families At Risk for Physical Abuse: Strategies for Clinicians
December 9, 2010 (10:00 a.m. PST)
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.

Network Member Needs Our Votes!
La Rabida Chicago Child Trauma Center provides essential trauma-focused services to children and families at no charge to them, through our Chicago locations and the La Rabida Joli Burrell Children's Advocacy Center in Park Forest. The Center relies heavily on government funding and that the demand for our services always exceeds program capacity, resulting in long waiting lists for children and families who have experienced horrific events. The Pepsi Refresh Project has accepted La Rabida’s Refresh Grant proposal for $50,000 to provide 500 trauma-focused therapy sessions to facilitate healing for children and families who have experienced all kinds of trauma, including sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, burns, witnessing homicides, and motor vehicle accidents.

La Rabida needs your votes! You must vote before December 31, 2010!
(WARNING: You can vote once a day. DO NOT vote more than once a day or La Rabida will be disqualified.)
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lightbulb graphic The holidays are underway! Even though it is a joyous time, it is also a time for reflection and being with family, which can be difficult for those who have experienced a trauma or loss. The Child Traumatic Grief Committee speaker series’ presentation on Holidays, Celebrations, and Traumatically Bereaved Children can help those dealing with loss during this holiday season. Originally aired in October of 2009, the presentation is available for viewing on the NCTSN Learning Center.

Child Traumatic Grief Speaker Series
Holidays, Celebrations and Traumatically Bereaved Children
Original Air Date: October 21, 2009 [available On Demand]
Presenters: Judy Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Robin Goodman, PhD, ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Program; Susana Rivera, PhD, LPC, Serving Children and Adolescents in Need, Inc.


Bullet IconThe California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs used or marketed in California. The CEBC identifies and disseminates information regarding evidence-based practices relevant to child welfare in order to improve child safety, increase permanency, increase family and community stability, and promote child and family well-being The CEBC’s user-friendly format also allows the user to conduct literature searches, review literature, explore research methodology, and more.
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Bullet IconThe Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP), a collaborative of eight agencies, has released No Way Home: Understanding the Needs and Experiences of Homeless Youth in Hollywood the findings from an in-depth needs assessment conducted with homeless youth in Hollywood. No Way Home presents information about the pathways to homelessness for youth; their health status and educational and vocational needs; their utilization of and experiences with services in the area; and the particular risk factors for youth in the dependency and delinquency systems. The report also provides specific recommendations to improve outcomes for these youth, including significant changes in housing models, funding priorities, and public policy.
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Bullet IconA new factsheet, Grief and Loss Coping Strategies for Foster Parents, from the Children's Administration of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), aims to help foster parents handle grief and loss. The factsheet explains that grief is a natural response to a loss and that everyone experiences grief at some point in their lives, including foster parents, children in out-of-home care, and parents whose children have been placed in out-of-home care. The factsheet gives practical information on losses that may cause grief, the five stages of grief and how individuals may experience those stages, common symptoms of grief, and ways to practice self-care during periods of grief.
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Bullet IconThe American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is pleased to release its fall issue of the APSAC Alert. This quarterly publication arrives in Adobe PDF format on a quarterly basis when you sign up as an affiliate. This issue features an article, Vicarious Trauma and its Management, written by Jon R. Conte, PhD and Shauna Donfeld, MSW.
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Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Responding to Child Physical Abuse in the Cultural Context of the Family
January 13, 2011 (12:30 p.m. PST)
Presenters: Michael de Arellano, PhD, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina; Ruth Campbell, LCSW, NCTSN Affiliate

This presentation explores the relationship between physical abuse and socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, racial/ethnic background, and gender. Speakers will share strategies for approaching families with different cultural beliefs about their parenting style and use of physical punishment.

Complex Trauma Speaker Series
Mindfulness Interventions of Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A)
January 20, 2011 (10:30 a.m. PST)
Presenter: John Briere, PhD, University of Southern California

This presentation will discuss the mindfulness interventions found within the Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCI-A).

Schools and Trauma Speaker Series
Integrating Evidence-Based Practice in School Interventions
January 26, 2011 (12:00 p.m. PST)
Presenters: Judith Thompson, MEd/CAGS, Worcester Public Schools; Reggee McClinton, PhD, Chicago Public Schools; Eugene Thompson, MSW, MSP, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Audra Langley, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Presenters examine ways to integrate evidence-based practice into school interventions.

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