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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin February 2012

NEW ON THE NCTSN LEARNING CENTER

The Terrorism and Disaster Committee is proud to announce the final installment in their Coping in Hard Times factsheet series: Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders discusses how challenging financial circumstances affect communities, their organizations, and their members’ sense of safety, ability to calm, self- and community- efficacy, connectedness, and hope. In addition, you’ll find practical ways to help community members address their problems, stay connected, network, and cope better during economic downturns. 

 

The Child Welfare Committee is proud to announce a new  product: Birth Parents and Trauma Histories in the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Parents.  The fourth, in a series of five factsheets, highlights the serious consequences that trauma histories can have for birth parents and the potential effects on their parenting.

 

 

 


New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Therapeutic Interventions for Young Foster Children and Their Caregivers
Tomorrow
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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Military and Civilian Parnerships: Exending the Bridge to Meet the Short-and Long-Term Needs of Military Families and their Young Children
Military Families in the Court System: Responding Sensitively to a Vulnerable Community
February 14, 2012 (11:00 a.m. PST)
Faculty: Dorinda Williams, LCSW, Zero to Three; Lucy Hudson, MS, Zero to Three; Joy Osofsky, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Barbara Thompson, MS, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Kathleen West, DrPH, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families
Faculty will address current behavioral health issues for military families involved in court and juvenile justice settings.
Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986# 
 
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Expanding Services to Veteran Families 
February 28, 2012 (11:00 a.m. PST)
Faculty: Dorinda Williams, LCSW, Zero to Three; Deborah Amdur, MSW, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Steven Sayers, PhD, Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs; Susan McCutcheon, RN, EdD, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Faculty will describe current efforts to address behavioral health issues for veterans and families involved in VA and community-based settings. 
Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986#
 
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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
Implications for Implementing and Sustaining Interventions in Child Welfare and Child Mental Health Service Systems, presented by Dr. John Landsverk, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Rady Children’s Hospital.
 
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Noteworthy Resources

Network Colleagues William Beardslee, Jacqueline Martin, and Tracy Gladstone are the developers of  Families Preventing and Overcoming Depression or FAMpod, a new website that features a training program for the Family Talk Preventive Intervention, an evidence-based, strengths-focused program targeting families with parental depression. Clinicians (psychologists, social workers, nurses, and physicians) can visit FAMpod to learn about preventing and overcoming depression in families, find resources and links to supports, and take the Family Talk Preventive Intervention online training course. The course has been approved for four Social Work Continuing Education hours (see website for more details). 

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 MilitaryKidsConnect.org is a new Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids whose parents or caregivers have been deployed. The site features psychologist-developed content customized for three age groups (children, tweens, and teens) and resources for parents and educators. Military kids can support one another and learn coping and resilience-building skills through interactive features, including moderated message boards, videos about military kids, and games that incorporate cultural information about common military deployment locations. 

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Network member Julian Ford, the author of Assessing Child and Adolescent Complex Traumatic Stress Reactions in Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, (Vol. 4, No. 3, pages 217‐232), discusses children and adolescents exposed to traumatic stressors and the possibility of their developing severe and persistent complex traumatic stress reactions. Ford presents a framework for conceptualizing and assessing children's and adolescents' complex traumatic stress reactions as forms of impaired self-regulation, and he also describes psychometric measures for the assessment of posttraumatic dysregulation of emotion, cognition, behavior, and bodily functioning. In light of recent findings suggesting that existing psychiatric diagnoses do not fully account for the impairment suffered by such youth, Ford raises the question of whether children and adolescents who are experiencing complex traumatic stress reactions would benefit from the establishment of a distinct syndrome and psychiatric diagnosis.
 
 

Coming Next Month

Military and Civilian parnerships: Exending the Bridge to Meet the Short-and Long-Term Needs of Military Families and their Young Children

Demonstration of a Web-Enhanced Parenting Program for Military Families: After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT
March 27, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Faculty: Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, LP, University of Minnesota/Director, ADAPT project, Ambit Network; Lt. Thad Shunkwiler, Minnesota Army National Guard/Outreach Manager, ADAPT
Faculty will provide a live demonstration of a web-based parenting program developed to support military parents in improving parenting skills throughout the deployment cycle.
Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986#

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Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress
March, TBD
Presenters: Leslie Ross, PsyD, Children’s Institute; Fred Strieder, PhD, University of Maryland School of Social Work; Cynthia Vrabel, MD, Mental Health Services
Presenters: Leslie Ross, PsyD, Children’s Institute; Fred Strieder, PhD, University of Maryland School of Social Work; Cynthia Vrabel, MD, Mental Health Services
 
 
 
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.

To search the NCTSN Learning Center for series, speakers and topics that interest you select the “Search” tab. Next, select a course from the drop down menu, type in a speaker’s last name, topic keyword or description text.

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