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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin April 2011

NEW ON THE NCTSN WEBSITE

NOW Available for School Personnel
Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Personnel
cover of Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Personnel The Terrorism and Disaster Network Committee, as part of the new fact sheet series on managing stress in difficult economic times, has developed Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Personnel. Learn how challenging financial circumstances can affect school personnel, teachers, and their students’ sense of safety, ability to calm, self and community efficacy, connectedness, and hope. In addition, you’ll find practical ways to help youth address their problems, stay connected, network, and cope better during economic downturns.

NOW for Child Welfare Workers
Birth Parents with Trauma Histories and the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Child Welfare Staff
cover of Birth Parents with Trauma Histories and the Child Welfare System:
 A Guide for Child Welfare Staff The Birth Parent Subcommittee of the Child Welfare Committee is releasing the first of five factsheets. This factsheet highlights the importance of understanding the serious consequences that trauma histories can have for birth parents and the subsequent potential impact on their parenting.


NEW ON THE NCTSN LEARNING CENTER

Family Systems Speaker Series
Widening the Lens—Why Include the Family?
April 11, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Charles Figley, PhD, Tulane University

Drs. Kiser and Figley will discuss the reasoning and importance of including the family in trauma-informed care.

Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Empowering Families Through Evidence-Based Interventions 1: Individual Child and Parent Skill Building
April 14, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: David Kolko, PhD, University of Pittsburg, School of Medicine; Elissa Brown, PhD, The PARTNERS Program, St. John’s University

Drs. Kolko and Brown will present evidence-based interventions aimed at empowering families, including individual treatment for children and skill building for parents.

Child Sexual Abuse Speaker Series
Responding to LGBTQ Youth after Sexual Abuse
April 28, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center; Antonia Barba, LMSW, The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Center for Trauma Program Innovation; Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center

Presenters will discuss special areas of vulnerability, risk factors, disclosure, and cultural competency when working with LGBTQ youth after sexual abuse.

NOTEWORTHY RESOURCES

Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children article logo Bullet IconClinical Work with Traumatized Young Children, edited by Joy D. Osofsky, PhD, with a foreword by Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, presents crucial knowledge and state-of-the-art treatment approaches for working with young children affected by trauma. An essential resource for mental health professionals and child welfare advocates, readers will gain an understanding of how trauma affects the developing brain, its impact on attachment processes, and how to effectively help young children and their families from diverse backgrounds.
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Bullet IconNetwork Members Erna Olafson, Anthony Mannarino, and Judith Cohen have featured articles in Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma (Volume 4, Issue 1). Erna Olafson, in Child Sexual Abuse: Demography, Impact, and Interventions, discusses the aspects of child sexual abuse (CSA) including demographic characteristics and challenges, the impact of CSA, drug and alcohol dependence, child traumatic sexualization, stigmatization, prevention, child forensic interviewing, treatment, and recommendations for future research. In Traumatic Loss in Adolescents and Children, Anthony Mannarino and Judith Cohen describe the distinctive features of childhood traumatic grief, how it differs from normal bereavement, how to assess the condition, and promising treatments for children who experience a traumatic loss.


COMING NEXT MONTH

Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Empowering Families Through Evidence-Based Interventions 2: Family and Community Strategies
May 12, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Melissa Runyon, PhD, CARES Institute, UMDNJ_SOM; Cynthia Swenson, PhD, Family Research Center, Medical University of South Carolina

Drs. Runyon and Swenson will present evidence-based interventions aimed at empowering families, including strategies for the family and for the community.

Family Systems Speaker Series
Families with Complex Adaptations to Trauma
May 23, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Sarah Gardner, LCSW-C, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Joseph Spinazzola, PhD, Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

Presenters will describe families with complex adaptations to trauma.

Save the Date
22nd Annual International Trauma Conference Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions
May 18-21, 2011

Massachusetts Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts Conference workshop presenters will share current research findings on how people's brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences; how they regulate emotional and behavioral responses; and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation. Presenters will explore post-traumatic responses at different developmental levels, as well as the treatment implications of these findings, and how affect regulation and the interpretation of innocuous stimuli as threats require interventions aimed at restoring active mastery and the capacity to focus on the present.

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