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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin December 2011

NEW ON THE NCTSN LEARNING CENTER

The Secondary Traumatic Stress Committee Announces New Network Product
Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals details a concise overview of secondary traumatic stress and its potential impact on child-serving professionals; outlines options for assessment, prevention, and intervention relevant to secondary stress; and describes the elements necessary for transforming child-serving organizations and agencies into systems that also support worker resiliency.

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New on the NCTSN Learning Center

THIS WEEK: THURSDAY, 12/1/11
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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"What About the Parents?"
December 2, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, LP, University of Minnesota, Ambit Network; Katharine Thomas, Institute for Health and Recovery; Carla Stover, PhD, Yale University.
Presenters will introduce participants to ways to incorporate parents to improve outcomes for children exposed to trauma, discuss ways parents’ own histories of trauma exposure can impact their parenting and strategies for intervention, and share resources for working with families affected by trauma.

 
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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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CME Credits for Physicians—Available for PFA Online
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress is happy to announce continuing medical education credits for physicians. The Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association has approved six CME credits for the PFA training, joining the Board of Registered Nursing, the National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
 
 
 
 
 

Noteworthy Resources

Network Members Sheree Toth and Jody Todd Manly, in their Child Abuse & Neglect (Volume 35, Issue 8), article Bridging Research and Practice: Challenges and Successes in Implementing Evidence-based Preventive Intervention Strategies for Child Maltreatment, discuss the limited availability of empirically-supported interventions for victims of child maltreatment, the challenges associated with exporting such interventions into community settings, and an example of a preventive intervention for young mothers, successfully implemented through a partnership of community agencies and funders.

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Child Trends, a non-profit, non-partisan center that researches children at all stages of development, released Preventing Multiple Risky Behaviors among Adolescents: Seven Strategies, a summary of findings on approaches to various high risk behaviors (as opposed to targeting an individual behavior) among adolescents. Child Trends identifies actionable, feasible strategies and relevant programs—targeting multiple contexts of adolescents’ lives (family, peer, school, and community)—that have shown promise in affecting multiple risky behaviors.

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Network member Nancy Kassam-Adams is one of the authors of Child Coping, Parent Coping Assistance, and Post-Traumatic Stress Following Paediatric Physical Injury in Child: Care, Health, and Development (E-publication October 2011, ahead of print). The article describes child coping behavior and parent coping assistance following a child’s physical injury, and investigates the relationship among coping, coping assistance, and child post-traumatic stress symptoms. Findings suggest that strategies such as social withdrawal and resignation may play an important role in the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms, while children whose parents helped them cope were more likely to seek out social support.
 
 

Coming Next Month

 

Developmental and Medical Issues for Young Foster Children
January 12, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center; Kay Connors, LCSW-C, FITT Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Jessica Lertora, LCSW-C, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Presenters will address the importance of understanding the special developmental needs of young traumatized children, discuss appropriate referrals for consultation, and describe a cutting edge developmental intervention for children in the child welfare system.


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Advances in Understanding and Promoting Family Resilience
January 20, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: William Saltzman, PhD, UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute; Juliet Vogel, PhD, North Shore University Hospital
Presenters will discuss existing theoretical and practical perspectives on family resilience and the clinical and research implications for children and families who have experienced trauma.

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Implementing & Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice Speaker Series
Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: A European Perspective on Culture and Context
January 25, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: Deborah Ghate, PhD, Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation, London, UK
Presenter will explore cultural and contextual considerations that may apply when implementing evidence-based and -informed practices throughout the world. While often originating in North America, many such practices are spreading elsewhere. Drawing on examples from the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia, Dr. Ghate reflects on how variations in culture and in system/service-provider contexts may affect success in implementing evidence-based practice.


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