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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin June 2011


Trinka and Sam: The Day the Earth Shook

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event logo Trinka and Sam: The Day the Earth Shook is a story parents can download and read to their young children, so the family can talk about feelings and concerns they may have after an earthquake. In the story, Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried after they experience an earthquake and see their neighborhood damaged. The story describes a variety of common reactions such as Sam’s anger at his dad for not getting to his school sooner, Trinka and Sam’s relief at finding their friends safe, their sadness that neighbors had to move from their damaged home, and aftershocks reminding them of the initial earthquake, and shows how their parents helped them express their feelings and feel safer. In the back of the booklet, you’ll find the Parents’ Guide suggesting ways for parents to use the story with their children. Trinka and Sam is available also in Japanese.



Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Assessment of Child Physical Abuse 1: Medical Perspectives
June 16, 2011 (1:30 p.m. EDT, 10:30 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Farah Brink, MD, National Children’s Hospital

Dr. Brink will discuss the medical perspectives of assessing child physical abuse.

Family Systems Speaker Series
Components of Family-Informed Trauma Treatment
June 17, 2011 (1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Sarah Gardner, LCSW-C, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Fred Strieder, PhD, University of Maryland School of Social Work; Kay Connors,LCSW-C,FITT Center

Presenters will describe the varying components of family-informed trauma treatment.


Bullet IconNetwork Members Alicia Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn are among the co-authors of Trauma in early childhood: Empirical evidence and clinical implication, which has been published in Development and Psychopathology (vol. 23, no. 2). The article discusses the implications of children in the birth-to-five age range exposed to traumatic events and their underrepresentation in trauma research, development, and implementation of clinical treatments and public policy.
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Bullet IconThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Suicide Prevention Research Center has released After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools. The toolkit describes common warning signs and causes of suicide, provides best practices on suicide prevention in schools, and provides information about how a school should respond when a suicide has occurred. Topics include crisis response, helping students cope, working with the community, social media, and bringing in outside help.


Family Systems Speaker Series
How to Include Families—Effective Models
July 15, 2011 (1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C, FITT Center; Sarah Gardner, LCSW-C, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Carryl Navalta, PhD, Harvard University; Mary McKay, PhD, LCSW, The Reach Institute; Michael Lindsey, PhD, MPH, MSW, University of Maryland School of Social Work and School of Medicine

Presenters will describe effective models to utilize when engaging families.

Save the Date
National PTSD Awareness Day: June 27th

This June, the VA’s National Center for PTSD needs your help to increase PTSD awareness. The more we know about dealing with trauma and PTSD, the more we can help others (or ourselves).

Here are some ways we can help the VA’s National Center for PTSD reach its goal:

  • Visit to learn more about trauma and PTSD. Special postings will be made each week throughout June.
  • Print educational materials from the site to hand out.
  • Add a link to or a “PTSD information” badge to your website or FB page.
  • Stay up-to-date throughout the year on the latest developments in PTSD treatment and research. Invite anyone who has dealt with trauma or works with trauma survivors to sign up for the PTSD Monthly Update.

The VA’s National Center for PTSD is the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.

Deadline: June 10th!
The Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center is delighted to announce the start of its first Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention Learning Collaborative (CFTSI) and is inviting you to apply to participate. CFTSI is a brief, evidence-based, early intervention that reduces traumatic stress reactions and PTSD in children 7 to 18 years old exposed to multiple types of trauma events (single or chronic exposure). The 4 to 6 session manualized treatment may be implemented immediately after a potentially traumatic event (PTE) or disclosure of a PTE, is adaptable to a variety of settings (including those with briefer lengths of stay), can be used successfully with children with extensive trauma histories, and provides a seamless introduction to longer-term treatment and other mental health interventions.

The application deadline is June 10th. For questions about CFTSI and the Learning Collaborative, please contact Hilary Hahn, MPH, EdM at

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