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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin August 2012

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Resources in Response to the Recent Shooting
In response to the tragedy in Colorado, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities. These resources include tip sheets on:

The Application of Trauma Screening/Assessment in Child Welfare Settings: Part II - Direct Level 
August 16, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: George (Tripp) Ake, PhD, Center for Child and Family Health; Beth Barto, LMHC, The Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center; Mary K. Jankowski, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School
Presenters will discuss overcoming barriers, including differing amounts of clinical experience and training by those administering trauma screening, the challenges of changing an already embedded practice, and the secondary traumatic stress issues that arise when a practitioner begins to ask about trauma. 
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NCTSN Military Families Learning Community
An Overview of the Military Family Experience and Culture
August 28, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Faculty: Adriana Rodrigues, LCSW, Homes Again: Veterans and Families Initiative; Martha K. Selig, Educational Institute JBFCS; Rebecca Wynn, MS, Ed, Trainer, and Marine Corps Veteran
Presenters will introduce participants to the US military structure and culture, to increase understanding of the ways a community-based provider can begin to work with veterans and their families. This webinar will discuss the typical stressors that a military service member experiences throughout his or her cycles of deployment and in combat and the potential risk factors for physical or psychological injuries that potentially can impact family functioning. Finally, presenters will describe best practice interventions that support psychological health with military and veteran families.

Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986#
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Utilizing Trauma Screening and Assessments in Court Decisions: Perspectives from the Bench and Mental Health 
August 30, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: Judge Michael Howard, JD, Stark County Family Court, Stark County, Ohio; Connie Blackpond, MA, LMSW, LPC, Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center; Charles H. Schuster, Assessment Specialist, Stark County Family Court, Canton, OH.
Presenters will discuss how screening and assessment can impact juvenile court decision-making processes while emphasizing how mental health professionals can provide feedback in a useful way. 
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Noteworthy Resources

Network Center UC Davis (UCD) PCIT Training Center developed a free, 10-hour, 11-module web course so that more therapists can learn the skills necessary to aid a greater number of families with PCIT. The web course gives trainees a solid foundation in PCIT and partially fulfills the requirements to be a certified PCIT trainer. The course uses a combination of instruction, video examples, and interactive exercises to educate therapists on the principles of PCIT. This web course is the only one of its kind and is the only PCIT methodology that focuses on trauma. With ongoing support from practitioners who have trained over 100 agencies in the area of PCIT, those who finish the course receive a Certificate of Completion to obtain Continuing Education Units for the Board of Psychology and Board of Behavioral Sciences in the State of California. For more information, call 916.734.7833 or email
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  Network Colleague Elana Newman is among the editors for the new book Trauma Therapy in Context: The Science and Craft of Evidence-Based Practice, which examines several current clinical approaches to trauma-focused treatment. Rather than describe theoretical approaches in isolation, the editors have integrated these interventions into a broader clinical context. Chapter authors emphasize basic therapeutic skills—such as empathic listening, instilling resilience, and creating meaning—in the service of empirically-supported, highly efficacious trauma interventions. Several Network Members are authors of chapters in this new resource: Chandra Gosh Ippen is the author of Integrating a Diversity-Informed Approach Into Evidence-Based Practice, a chapter on how culture, context, and other diversity-related factors can affect early formative stages of treatment; John Briere is among the authors of Clinical Assessment as a Form of Listening and Intervention, a chapter reviewing the process and principles of multimodal trauma-focused psychological assessment; and Patricia Watson and Melissa Brymer are the authors of Promoting Resilience Through Early Intervention, a chapter detailing the importance of early intervention and its relationship to enhancing resilience.

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Coming Next Month

Screening and Assessment in the Juvenile Justice System

The Use of Web-Based Screening for Trauma and Associated Disorders in Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth
September 12, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: Stanley Rosenberg, PhD, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Harriet Rosenberg, MA, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Presenters will describe a newly developed, web-based platform to conduct screening in juvenile justice settings and will highlight recent findings about utilizing the web-based tool. 
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Understanding and Treating Caregiver Substance Abuse and Trauma: A Focus on the Family  
September 21, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: Liza Suarez, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Norma Finkelstein, PhD, LICSW, Institute for Health and Recovery; Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, LPC, Ambit Network; Luis Flores, MA, LPC, Serving Children and Adolescents in Need, Inc.; Beth Marron, LICSW, Institute for Health and Recovery
Presenters will focus on the connection between caregiver trauma and substance abuse, the impact of both on children, and the challenges experienced by families when both substance abuse and trauma are present. Four models of intervening in the area of parenting, substance abuse, and trauma will be presented, including two parenting programs. Speakers will also discuss an attachment curriculum utilized in a residential program for women with substance use disorders and an adaptation of Child Parent Psychotherapy for parents and children in family residential treatment for substance abuse. 
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September 28, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: Liza Suarez, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Harolyn Belcher, MD, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Anne Wells, PhD, Children’s Research Triangle; Kathy Mitchell, MHS, LCADC, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Presenters will speak about the effects of prenatal exposure to substances and trauma on children, discuss assessment and treatment approaches for youth and caregivers, inform participants about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) through the lifespan, and give a personal testimony on one family’s experience with FASD.
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NCTSN Military Families Learning Community
Strong Families Strong Forces: A Program to Support Military Families with Young Children
September 25, 2012 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Faculty: Ellen R. DeVoe, PhD, Boston University School of Social Work, Strong Families Strong Forces; Ruth Paris, PhD, Boston University School of Social Work, Strong Families Strong Forces; Michelle Acker, PsyD, Strong Families Strong Forces, Boston University School of Social Work
Presenters will describe the work of Strong Families Strong Forces, a Department of Defense funded project to develop and test a home-based intervention for military families with young children (birth to five). Using a Community Based Participatory Research model, they developed a 3-phase project to (1) explore the needs of military families after an OEF/OIF deployment, (2) pilot an attachment-based intervention in the home, and (3) test the developed model using a randomized clinical trial. They will describe their work with over 100 families, including details of the 8-module intervention, and present case vignettes to illustrate the clinical work and varied needs of families during the reintegration phase of the deployment cycle.

Audio: 866-295-5950, Code 5318986#
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Screening Measures for Parent-Child Dyads  
September 27, 2012 (9:00 a.m. PDT) 
Presenters: Claude Chemtob, PhD, ACS-NYU Children’s Trauma Institute, Family Trauma Program, New York University School of Medicine; Erika Tullberg, MPA, MPH, ACS-NYU Children’s Trauma Institute, Family Trauma Program, New York University School of Medicine
Presenters will address trauma screening and assessment for parents and children in the child welfare system, with a focus on how information gained through screening can help inform casework practice, improve family engagement, and guide decision-making on mental health services.
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