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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin August 2011


Catastrophic Mass Violence Resources
In light of the recent events in Norway, the Terrorism and Disaster Program of the NCTSN has created several resources to support caregivers and youth. Check back as more resources will be added.

  • Psychological Impact of the Recent Attacks describes common reactions of individuals who experience catastrophic mass violence.
  • Tip Sheet for Youth Talking to Journalists about the Shooting outlines important things youth should know before talking to reporters.
  • Tips for Parents on Media Coverage presents parents with helpful ideas about media coverage of a disaster or traumatic event.

EASIER Access to Resources: NCTSN-Affiliated Resources
Did you know that we offer resources by Network members and partners on our website? Now you can search the NCTSN-Affiliated Resources database more easily to find papers, websites, toolkits, and learning platforms developed by Network Affiliate sites or through significant collaboration between the Network and other organizations.
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Child Physical Abuse Speaker Series
Assessment of Child Physical Abuse 2: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives
August 4, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Laura Merchant, LICSW, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

Presenter will describe assessing child physical abuse from the clinical and forensic perspectives.

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Family Systems Speaker Series
Evaluating Families Impacted by Trauma
August 26, 2011 (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 and how it presents unique assessment and treatment planning considerations, and they will offer family- and trauma-informed resources and decision-making strategies to guide assessment and treatment planning.
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Now Available
CE Credits for RNs - Available for PFA Online
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress is happy to announce continuing education credits for Registered Nursing. Now six CE credits are available through the Board of Registered Nursing, in addition to the National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Bullet IconNetwork Members Melissa Brymer, John Fairbank, Russell Jones, Bob Pynoos, and Alan Steinberg are among the authors of Posttraumatic Stress Among Students After the Shootings at Virginia Tech. Published in the July 18th issue of APA’s Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, the article examines the results of a web-based survey assessing PTSD symptoms in 4,639 (20%) Virginia Tech students after the April 16, 2007 shooting in which 32 died. The posttraumatic stress reaction among the students appeared to relate most to social relationships—deaths and injuries among friends and anxiety about friends’ safety—not just proximity and exposure to the actual shooting incidents. These findings indicate the importance of broad-based mental health outreach to find students needing mental health intervention in the event of future mass trauma incidents.
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Bullet IconThe National Institute of Justice released Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships to add greater awareness of the incidence and characteristics of violence in adolescent relationships. While most teenagers do not experience physical aggression when they date, research shows that up to 10 percent of teens report physical violence by a romantic partner; that boys and girls report mutual aggression; and that teenagers lack the strategies to negotiate, communicate, and cope well within dating relationships. Authors point out that researchers should not apply an adult relationship framework to the study of adolescents, and they provide suggestions for further research.
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Bullet IconWorking with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play features in-depth case presentations from master clinicians highlighting the remarkable capacity of traumatized children to guide their own healing process. The book describes how posttraumatic play can foster resilience and coping and demonstrates play, art, and other expressive therapies with children who face overwhelming experiences, such as sexual abuse or chronic neglect. The contributors discuss facilitating expression to promote growth, intervening when play becomes stuck in destructive patterns, engaging hard-to-reach children, and building trusting therapeutic relationships.
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Zero to Six Speaker Series
Who are the Young Children in Foster Care? What Critical Points must be kept in Mind When Addressing Their Needs?
September 1, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Jody Manly, PhD, Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester; Leslie Brown, LCSW, Children’s Relief Nursery

Presenters will discuss the unique characteristics of young children in foster care, as they recover from abuse and neglect, and the important considerations for caregivers and the individuals and systems charged with their care.
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Childhood Traumatic Grief Speaker Series
Ready to Remember: Helping Children with Traumatic Grief
September 7, 2011 (10:30 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Robin Goodman, PhD, ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Stephanie Handel, MSW, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing; two special guests

Presenters will describe childhood traumatic grief and introduce their new book, Ready to Remember: Jeremy’s Journey of Hope and Healing. Two special guests will answer presenters’ questions about experiencing traumatic grief, processing their grief, treatment, and the coping skills and resilience of their families.
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Family Systems Speaker Series
Innovations in Family-Centered Approaches to Trauma and Loss
September 16, 2011(10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Frederick Strieder, PhD, Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, University of Maryland School of Social Work; William Saltzman, PhD, FOCUS Project, UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Program; Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine; and Charles Figley, PhD, Traumatology Institute, Tulane University

Presenters will describe three family-based models of intervention for families who have experienced trauma: FOCUS, Strengthening Family Coping Resources, and Trauma Adapted Family Connections. A moderated panel discussion will allow presenters to elaborate on how each model sustains a family focus and implements interventions to families’ responses to trauma.
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Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Collaborative Informational Call
Is your organization interested in participating in the FREE 2011 Alternative for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) Learning Collaborative? If so, please join Learning Collaborative Faculty and Staff on Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 10 a.m. PDT for a 60 minute Informational Conference Call. This call will provide you with information regarding the Learning Collaborative methodology and process, key aspects of AF-CBT, and allow potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions. Interested participants should use the following dial-in information: 888-296-6500, guest code: 573043. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the Information and Application Packet prior to the Informational Call on August 15, 2011. If you have questions please contact Lauren Simone at or at (919) 613-9874.

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