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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin February 2011


Announcing: Re-launch of our website!
Our cutting edge Technology Team now has us on Drupal, a content management system (CMS) that powers millions of websites (including, the New York Observer (, and At first glance, the site looks similar to the old one. However, things are anything but the same! Visitors to our site can search more quickly and efficiently, can rate our products on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, can share products through social networking, and much more. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to our IT Department for all their hard work.

photo from Coping in Hard Times: Facts Sheet for Youth High School and College AgeCoping in Hard Times: Facts Sheet for Youth
High School and College Age

The Terrorism and Disaster Collaborative Group is developing a series of fact sheets on the stress that uncertain and difficult times can have on children and families. Coping in Hard Times: Facts Sheet for Youth High School and College Age discusses how challenging financial circumstances can affect a young person’s sense of safety, ability to calm, self and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope. In addition, the fact sheet gives specific and practical ways for youth to address problems, stay connected, network, and cope better during economic downturns.

photo from Domestic Violence and Children: Questions and Answers for Domestic Violence Project AdvocatesDomestic Violence and Children: Questions and Answers for Domestic Violence Project Advocates
The Domestic Violence Collaborative Group has developed a fact sheet to support domestic violence project advocates. This fact sheet includes helpful information about how children react to domestic violence, short and long-term responses to domestic violence, possible reactions to domestic violence, factors that can help children recover, and working with parents and children through domestic violence situations.


Schools and Trauma Speaker Series
Trauma-Informed IEPs: Differential Diagnosis and Trauma-Informed Assessment in Schools
February 23, 2011 (12:00 p.m. PST)
Presenters: M. Elizabeth Ralston, PhD, The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center; Lisa Nicole Herring, EdD, Student Support Services, Charleston County School District; Ben Atchison, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Western Michigan University

Presenters will discuss trauma-informed assessment in schools, differential diagnosis, and trauma-informed IEPs (Individualized Education Plans).


Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Assessment of Child Physical Abuse: What, How, and When to Ask
March 17, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Cynthia Kuelbs, MD, Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego

Dr. Kuelbs will discuss the assessment of child abuse, specifically addressing those questions that mandatory reporters frequently have regarding the definition of child abuse and when and how to interview.

photo of globe PFA Online Reaches 6th Month Mark!
Just six months ago, we launched PFA Online. Join the thousands of individuals, in fifty-seven different countries/territories—including Canada, American Samoa, Hong Kong, Chile, Pakistan, Nigeria, Haiti, and Australia—who have completed the 6-hour interactive course. If you haven’t already—sign on, sign in, and get trained!
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Bullet IconThe Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Website seeks to raise awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), to mobilize comprehensive responses to ACEs across the lifespan, and to prevent ACEs and their consequences. The website grew out of a partnership between Prevent Child Abuse America and the University at Albany (SUNY) School of Social Welfare. The group supports the integration of prevention/intervention research with practice wisdom in local areas to promote resilience, recovery, and transformation, while highlighting the healing power of social (work and community) networks.
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Bullet IconThe Committee for Children, in its December Second Step E-Newsletter, has announced the release of Steps to Respect Cyber Bullying Prevention Module. By the creators of the well-respected Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, the five-lesson series builds on Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program. Join (free of charge) the online community to receive the monthly e-newsletter and to access materials for teachers, parents, and students.
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Bullet IconMental Health America has produced five policy-oriented webinars and tool kits: Health Care Reform, Mental Health Parity, State Budget Advocacy, Criminal Justice, and Access to Medications. Formerly the National Mental Health Association, Mental Health America promotes mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation “everyday and in times of crisis” through resources such as white papers, fact sheets, sample legislation, and talking points.
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Bullet IconNetwork Members Judith Cohen and Anthony Mannarino have been published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Their article “Community Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: A Randomized Control Trial” compares community-provided, trauma-focused, cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) for children with intimate partner violence (IPV)-related posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms to usual community (child-centered) care. The study documented statistically and clinically significant improvement in the children who received community-based TF-CBT.
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photo of cover When Their World Falls Apart: Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disasters Bullet IconNetwork member Robin Gurwitch and fellow authors Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Joanne Caye, and Mooli Lahad have updated When Their World Falls Apart: Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disasters. Written for social workers and other disaster management professionals, the Second Edition uses a developmental framework to discuss the effects of disasters across the lifespan; emphasizes community resilience, risk, and recovery; and presents strategies for prevention and intervention. Accompanying the 507 page text is a CD with scenarios dealing with hurricanes, floods, a pandemic flu, and a toxic spill; a Tool Kit; and a resource section.
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