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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin January 2012


The Child Welfare Committee is proud to announce two new Network products: Birth Parents and Trauma Histories in the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Resource Parents and A Guide for Judges and Attorneys. The second and third fact sheets, in a series of five, highlight the serious consequences that trauma histories can have for birth parents and the potential effects on their parenting. The Child Welfare Committee has developed these fact sheets to help resource (foster) parents and lawyers/judges to better understand the birth parents with whom they work.

Available NOW: Spotlight on Culture Fall and Winter 2011 Editions
The fall edition of Spotlight on Culture, Working with Immigrant Latin-American Families Exposed to Trauma, discusses the cumulative adversities associated with immigration that place children and families at considerable psychological risk and the use of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), which considers the child-parent relationship, the family's cultural beliefs, parenting practices, immigration experiences, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma.


The winter edition, Helping Latin-American Immigrant Pregnant Women Exposed to Trauma: Reflections on Mirroring, discusses the use of "cultural mirroring" in CPP to enhance the pregnant Latin-American mother’s sense of self and foster the mother-child relationship during the perinatal period.



New on the NCTSN Learning Center

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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Secondary Traumatic Stress ... What is it?
January 31, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Leslie Ross, PsyD, Children's Institute; Ginny Sprang, PhD, University of Kentucky; James Henry, PhD, Western Michigan University
Presenters will discuss child welfare caseworkers' response to Charles Figley's definition of Secondary Traumatic Stress, outline assessing for Secondary Traumatic Stress through instruments and self-examination, and discuss strategies for coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress at the supervisor and worker level.

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Noteworthy Resources

Network Members Lori Ebert, Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Jan Markiewicz, Cassandra Kisiel, and John Fairbank are the authors of Use of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative to Support Broad and Sustained Use of Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment for Children in Community Practice Settings, in Administration and Policy in Mental Health (Online First, 23 April 2011), which evaluates the feasibility and utility of adapting the Institute for Healthcare's Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) to support the broad implementation and sustained use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

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Network Colleagues Sarah A. Ostrowski, Jeffrey A. Ciesla, Timothy J. Lee, Leah Irish, Norman C. Christopher, and Douglas L. Delahanty, in The Impact of Caregiver Distress on the Longitudinal Development of Child Acute Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Pediatric Injury Victims in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (Volume 36, Issue 7), examine the development of child PTSD symptoms (PTSS) and the impact of caregiver PTSS on child PTSS following injury. The results of the study highlight the dynamic development of child PTSS and suggest that different symptom clusters may be related to higher PTSS at differing times post-trauma and may inform the development of time-sensitive methods of assessment and intervention for injury victims.

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Network member Julian Ford, Tobias Wasser, and Daniel Connor, in Identifying and Determining the Symptom Severity Associated with Polyvictimization among Psychiatrically Impaired Children in the Outpatient Setting published in Child Maltreatment (Volume 16, Issue 3), outline polyvictimizationexperiencing multiple forms of maltreatment or other interpersonal victimization. Children with psychiatric problems are at risk for polyvictimization, and polyvictimized child psychiatric inpatients have particularly severe psychiatric symptoms. Authors suggest areas for further research.

Coming Next Month


Therapeutic Interventions for Young Foster Children and Their Caregivers
February 2, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Alicia Lieberman, PhD, University of California, San Francisco; Mary Dozier, PhD, University of Delaware; Mindy Kronenberg, PhD, University of Memphis
Presenters will address providing or referring infants, young children, and their caregivers for trauma-sensitive therapeutic interventions, including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC).

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Implementing & Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice Speaker Series
Methods Development in Dissemination & Implementation: Implications for Implementing and Sustaining Interventions in Child Welfare and Child Mental Health Service Systems
February 22, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenter: John Landsverk, PhD, Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego
Presenter will continue the series' goal of raising awareness and understanding of issues arising from the use evidence-based practices within child welfare and mental health organizations.

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Don't Forget!
The NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma webinars can be accessed ON-DEMAND, 24 hours a day. With a catalog of 16 Speaker Series and 135 presentations, there is an abundance of information on child trauma waiting to be viewed. You can earn FREE CE credits, access trauma-informed toolkits, or get trained in Psychological First Aid. Whether you are a new user or returning participant, the Learning Center is available as a tool to you.

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