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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin April 2012

NEW ON THE NCTSN LEARNING CENTER

We are pleased to announce a new series of policy briefs entitled Facts for Policymakers:

 

  • Trauma Exposure, Psychosocial Functioning & Treatment Needs of Youth in Residential Care sheds light on the links between trauma exposure in childhood and adolescence, current psychosocial functioning, and intervention outcomes in youth receiving residential treatment services—compared to youth receiving services in a continuum of community-based services—with the goal of achieving a better understanding of this population and their unique needs.
 

Noteworthy Resources

Network Members Melissa Brymer, Alan Steinberg, Patricia Watson, and Robert Pynoos are the authors of Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Children and Adolescents, in The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders (pages 381-392), edited by J. Gayle Beck and Denise M. Sloan and part of the Oxford Library of Psychology series. Authors review basic components essential to understanding factors that mediate or moderate the relationship between traumatic stress and a broad range of outcomes, and discuss community-level, individual, and family early interventions for children and adolescents after trauma.

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 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disaster Technical Assistance Center has updated their Children and Youth Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS). This DBHIS installment focuses on the reactions and mental health needs of children and youth after a disaster and contains resources from both the child trauma and disaster behavioral health fields, including an annotated bibliography and helpful links to organizations, agencies, and other resources that address disaster preparedness and response issues regarding children and youth.  

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 The NCTSN partnered with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) to produce a Special Issue of Child Welfare journal. Effectively Addressing the Impact of Child Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare discusses a spectrum of topics relevant to trauma-informed child welfare practice, policy, and systems, including these key areas: trauma-informed prevention programs and innovations; forensic investigation; screening, assessment, and evaluation; evidence-based treatment and intervention; culturally responsive practice models; and secondary traumatic stress in the workforce. Now available for purchase, through CWLA's webstore or by calling 1-800-407-6273 and requesting item #: J906 entitled: Child Welfare Journal, Vol. 90, No. 6. Get your copy today. 

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New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Military and Civilian Partnerships: Extending the Bridge to Meet the Short- and Long-Term Needs of Military Families and their Young Children
Overview of the Military Suicide Research Consortium's Efforts to Improve Assessment and Treatment of At-Risk Personnel and Veterans tomorrow
April 3, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Faculty: Peter Gutierrez, PhD, VA ECHCS/MIRECC
Presenter will give an overview of the Military Suicide Research Consortium, describe the application of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide as it applies to members of the military, and present recommendations on screening and assessment from the Army's suicide work group. 
Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986#
 
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An Overview 
April 26, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: James Henry, PhD, Western Michigan University; Cassandra Kisiel, PhD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Lisa Conradi, PsyD, Chadwick Center for Children and Families
The first in a series of five presentations on Screening and Assessment for Trauma in the Child Welfare Setting, presenters will describe the prevalence and impact of trauma on children in the child welfare system and the rationale for trauma screening and assessment. They will define screening and assessment, exploring the potential overlap and confusion in the use of these terms, in an effort to create a common language for the discussion. They will describe some common tools for trauma screening and assessment and introduce child-welfare specific measures that will be detailed in a future presentation. 
 
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Coming Next Month

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

The University of Southern California School of Social Work in Partnership with Military Families and Communities: Educational, Field, and Research Initiatives
May 1, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Faculty: Eugenia L. Weiss, PsyD, LCSW, University of Southern California School of Social Work; Sherrie Wilcox, PhD, CHES, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families; Pam Franzwa, MSW, University of Southern California School of Social Work; Kim Becker, MSW Intern, University of Southern California School of Social Work
Faculty will discuss the latest in USC's social work curriculum and field training opportunities for working with military families. In collaboration with USC's School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR), presenters will describe the current reintegration research project with California National Guard Families.
Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986#
 
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Emotional Challenges and Self-Care for Those Working with Young Traumatized Children
May 3, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT/12:00 p.m. EDT)
Presenters: Leslie Ross, PsyD, Children's Institute, Inc.; Joy Osofsky, PhD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Presenters will discuss the importance of identifying and implementing effective strategies for self-care in dealing with the emotional challenges of working with infants, young children, and their caregivers who have been traumatized.
 
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May 24, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT) [Rescheduled from March 15th]
Presenters: Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Leslie Brown, LCSW, Children's Relief Nursery; Amy Sommer, MSW, Project Bright
Presenters will address the important role that visitation plays for young foster children and their caregivers and discuss ways to organize and improve the visit experience. Learn methods for transforming visitation from a frustrating to a therapeutic experience, including ways to manage children's behavior during and after the visit. 

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Crossover Youth Webinar Series

From Child Maltreatment to Juvenile Delinquency: Trajectories of Crossover Youth and the Role of Trauma upcoming course
May 8, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: Gene Griffin, JD, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine;  Denise Herz, PhD, California State University, Los Angeles School of Criminal Justice. 
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform will kick off a 3-part webinar series on Crossover Youth, youth who are known toand move betweenthe child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Presenters will discuss findings from research on Crossover Youth, how traumatic stress plays a role in the trajectory of Crossover Youth, and implications for policy and practice. Follow-up webinars will expand on these policy and practice implications with discussions of strategies for policy reform and ways to translate research into promising practices.
 
 
Trauma Screening and Assessment Measures for Child Welfare 
May 17, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: James Henry, PhD, Western Michigan University; Cassandra Kisiel, PhD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Lisa Conradi, PsyD, Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Presenters will describe, compare, and contrast three specific trauma screening and assessment instruments that have been used extensively within child welfare settings: Trauma Screening Checklist, Child Welfare Trauma Referral Tool, Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)Trauma Version.
 
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Secondary Traumatic Stress and Provider Self-Care in Disaster and Terrorism Settings  
May 31, 2012 (11:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute; Patricia Watson, PhD, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute; Steve Berkowitz, MD, Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery
Presenters will address the potential for secondary traumatic stress in disaster and terrorism settings and outline some recommended actions for preventing and reducing the potentially stressful impact of this work on disaster mental health providers.
 
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