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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin June 2011


Military Families Learning Community Seminar Series
Family Advocacy and New Parent Support: Responding to Child Abuse/Neglect and Domestic Abuse in the Military
July 1, 2011 (3:00 p.m. EDT, 12:00 p.m. PDT)
Presenters: Mary E. (Tib) Campise, LICSW, OUSD Military Community and Family Policy, Family Advocacy Program; Melvina Thornton, OUSD Military Community and Family Policy, Family Advocacy Program

Presenters will describe the many programs that exist within the Department of Defense to prevent child abuse and neglect, illustrate ways DoD fosters coordination between the military and civilian resources to support families and children, provide step-by-step instructions for locating military family-related resources in communities across the country, and describe ways civilian-based services can collaborate and support military programs.

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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 highlight key findings and offer effective and promising engagement strategies that support families’ healing and strength building in the aftermath of trauma exposure.
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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event logoBullet IconNetwork Member John Landsverk is co-author of Methodological Issues in Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health Implementation Research, a preface to the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research’s Special Issue: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices. The article introduces five papers intended to move implementation science forward by presenting an overarching implementation conceptual model clearly linked to implementation stages, identifying measurement and design challenges based on aspects of the model, and offering suggestions for addressing these challenges.
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Bullet IconNetwork Member Heidi Ellis and co-authors, in New Directions in Refugee Youth Mental Health Services: Overcoming Barriers to Engagement, discusses barriers to service for refugee youth. Published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma (Volume 4, Issue 1), the article includes a description of barriers that prevent refugee youth from receiving mental health services, approaches to addressing them, and a detailed description of Project SHIFA (Supporting the Health of Immigrant Families and Adolescents)—a partnership between the Somali community and Boston area based education and mental health systems. The article discusses the implications of children (birth to five) 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 Trauma Services Adaptation (TSA) Center for Resilience, Hope, and Wellness in Schools has launched the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) website ( new site introduces the viewer to CBITS— theoretical background, clinical indications, target audiences, methodology, evidence base, and dissemination efforts. By registering with the website, you'll gain access to a host of free resources, including everything (excepting the low cost manual) needed to implement CBITS:

  • An interactive online training course that will prepare you to implement CBITS
  • Sample materials and forms to help you deliver the CBITS intervention
  • A robust online community where you can join discussion boards, "ask the experts," and collaborate on documents
  • Video clips of experts providing practical advice on CBITS implementation
  • and more!


Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Assessment of Child Physical Abuse 2: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives
August 4, 2011 (1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Laura Merchant, LICSW, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

Presenter will discuss the clinical and forensic perspectives of assessing child physical abuse.
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Family Systems Speaker Series
Evaluating Families Impacted by Trauma
August 26, 2011 (1:00 EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C, FITT Center; Carla Stover, PhD, Yale University

Presenters will discuss multi-generational trauma within families, unique assessment and treatment planning considerations, and describe family and trauma-informed resources and decision-making strategies to guide family assessment and informed family treatment planning.
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Up and Coming!
Do YOU—or does Your Organization
—Want to be more trauma-informed?
—Want to implement an evidence-based practice?

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is pleased to announce three training and implementation learning opportunities for you and your organization delivered via the Learning Collaborative and Breakthrough Series Collaborative methodologies.

Please review this information and prepare a team from your agency to apply to one of these state-of-the-art Collaborative opportunities!

1. Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) Learning Collaborative.
AF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment (EBT) to improve the relationships within families where physical coercion and chronic hostility are present. This intervention seeks to reduce caregiver/family risk factors for physically abusive or coercive behavior and ameliorate the consequences of these for children. The faculty will be the developers of AF-CBT.

  • AF-CBT application release date: July/August 2011
  • AF-CBT start date: September 2011.
  • AF-CBT sessions 1-3 dates: November 2011, February 2012, July 2012
  • AF-CBT end date: September 2012
  • For more information, contact Lauren Simone, Program Manager, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
  • For an overview of AF-CBT, visit »

2. Enhancing Organizational Capacity to Utilize the Core Curriculum to Train on Principles of Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Planning Breakthrough Series Collaborative will foster the capacity of organizations to provide high quality training on the foundational principles of the Core Curriculum on Child and Adolescent Trauma and to apply the Core Concepts to trauma assessment and treatment planning. Participating teams will be exposed to three primary topics: 1) Trauma-Informed Assessment; 2) Problem-Based Learning Methods; and 3) Core Concepts of Child Trauma.

  • EOC application release date: October 2011
  • EOC start date: November 2011
  • EOC sessions 1-3 dates: February, May, September of 2012
  • EOC end date: September 2012.
  • For more information, contact Jessica Burroughs, Program Manager, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

3. Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A) in Juvenile Justice Settings Learning Collaborative. TGCT-A is a manualized treatment for trauma-exposed or traumatically bereaved older children and adolescents that may be implemented in school, community mental health, or other service settings. Sessions will explore the prevalence of childhood trauma and its relationship to observed behaviors in juvenile justice and residential settings; provide training on screening, assessment, program evaluation, and implementation of TGCT-A; and address the traumatic reactions present in their populations toward the ultimate goal of decreasing recidivism of detained youth in the juvenile justice system.

  • TGCT-A application release date: November 2011
  • TGCT-A start date: December 2011
  • TGCT-A sessions 1-3 dates: March, June, September 2012
  • TGCT-A end date: September 2012
  • For more information, contact Nick Tise, Managing Director for Training and Implementation, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
  • For an overview of TGCT-A, visit »

**Please note: This Learning Collaborative has been proposed in response to a SAMHSA-funded Supplemental NCCTS Application, focused on integration of trauma principles into the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, for the next fiscal year (Oct 2011— Sept 2012). While NCCTS has not received confirmation of this project being funded as of yet, we do want to make you aware of this potential opportunity. A decision on this funding and the specific scope of work is expected later in the summer.

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