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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin November 2011


Now that school is back in swing, NCTSN has released Back to School Resources for School Personnel. Designed to bring awareness to trauma-related topics for teachers, school staff, and administrators, this compilation of Network products is brought to you by the NCTSN Schools Committee and is available now.

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New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Issues of Attachment for Young Traumatized Children and Their Caregivers
November 3, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Donna Potter, LCSW, Center for Child and Family Health
Presenters will address attachment and its implications for young traumatized children in the child welfare system, discuss the nature of typically developing attachment relationships and the impact of trauma and maltreatment on such relationships, and describe specific ways to encourage the maintenance and development of attachment relationships as well as the implications of attachment disorders.

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Delivering Trauma Care to Families: Policy Issues and Implications
November 9, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Ellen Gerrity, PhD, UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH, Congressional Fellowship Program, Government Relations Office
Presenters will discuss important policy issues related to the delivery of trauma-informed evidence-based care to children and families affected by traumatic events; the implications of current and upcoming federal and state policy changes; and the role of scientists, providers, and families in advocacy efforts.
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You are Not Alone: Helping Children with Traumatic Grief
November 15, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Robin Goodman, PhD, ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation; Lynn Chwatsky, Sesame Workshop; Andrea Lurier, PhD, Highmark Caring Place
Presenters will explain traumatic grief in preschool- and school-aged children, introduce resources for children and caregivers developed by Sesame Workshop and the NCTSN, and review how clinicians and caregivers can use these resources to help children in their process of grieving.  
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A Case Study of Scaling Up a Differential Response Child Welfare Model Statewide: Pay Now or Pay Later
November 18, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Allison Metz, PhD, National Implementation Research Network, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina
Presenter will provide an overview of the application and utility of the NIRN Active Implementation Frameworks in supporting the scale-up of a statewide Differential Response Child Welfare Model and the major findings that emerged from this process.  
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Noteworthy Resources

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced the release of a new report, Synthesis of Research and Resources to Support At-Risk Youth, which provides the latest research on at-risk youth and their needs, describes how ACF and community programs have served them, and considers issues for enhancing  programs to better meet the future needs of at-risk youth.

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 Network Members Bob Pynoos and Alan Steinberg are among the authors of Trauma Reminders and PTSD Symptoms in Children Three Years after a Terrorist Attack in Beslan published in Social Science & Medicine (Volume 72, Issue 5). The article examines posttraumatic stress symptoms and trauma reminders of children who experienced the terrorist attack in Beslan, Russia, in 2004.

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 Network Members Susan Ko and Kelly Decker, in their article Helping Children Cast Off the Shackles of Trauma in the National Council Magazine (2011, Issue 2), discuss trauma-focused, child-serving systems; skills for identifying and triaging traumatized children; resources and training of staff and administrators; and cross system collaboration. The authors underscore the importance of creating trauma-informed child-serving systems, one of the most powerful strategies for raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children and adolescents.

Coming Next Month


Cultural Considerations for Young Children in Foster Care
December 1, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD, University of California, San Francisco; Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine
Presenters will introduce core concepts for enhancing diversity-informed practice and will present vignettes to highlight how each core concept can be applied to child welfare practice. This is the fourth in a series of nine webinars, sponsored by the NCTSN Zero to Six Workgroup in collaboration with the Early Trauma Treatment Network, designed to address the needs of young children in the child welfare system.

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Implementing & Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice Speaker Series
Fidelity and Organizational Culture: The Experience from a Dublin Disadvantaged Community
December 7, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Marian Quinn, MA, Childhood Development Initiative, Dublin, Ireland
Presenter will consider the challenges and opportunities arising from the introduction of evidence-based programs for children across a range of established organizations, lessons learned from mechanisms and approaches supporting fidelity and quality delivery, and the centrality of emotional intelligence as a key implementation driver.

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Get Trained!

Allegheny General Hospital is sponsoring two days of training on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Traumatized Children and Their Families. Course objectives include participants being able to (1) discuss the empirical support for TF-CBT; (2) describe the problems addressed by TF-CBT and the core values of this treatment model; (3) recognize the importance of parents/caretakers as part of the TF-CBT treatment model; (4) describe relaxation skills and feeling identification and expression to enhance affective regulation; (5) relate the importance of the trauma narrative and cognitive processing of the trauma in TF-CBT; and (6) discuss the role of safety education and safety planning in the TF-CBT model.

When: November 17-18, 2011
Where: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Register: Online at Click on Formal CME Conferences to view the course schedule by date, download a brochure, and register.

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