Think Trauma Toolkit

Think Trauma: A Training for Staff in Juvenile Justice Residential Settings provides an overview of how a facility can work towards creating a trauma-informed juvenile justice residential setting. This process requires not only knowledge acquisition and behavioral modification, but also cultural and organizational paradigm shifts and, ultimately, policy and procedural change at every level of the facility.

Think Trauma is a PowerPoint training curriculum of four modules that a facility can present in one to two hours, depending on the size of the trainee group and the selection of materials and activities. Think Trauma contains six case studies of youth representative of those involved with the juvenile justice system.


Think Trauma is an initial step for facility leadership and administration to take in developing a trauma-informed staff and facility milieu. It is an introduction to the process of providing direct care staff with trauma-informed awareness, knowledge, and skills to more effectively support the youth whom they serve.


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Military kids have many experiences unique to military life, such as moving frequently, leaving and making new friends, and adjusting to transitions related to deployments, separations, and homecomings., a user-friendly and visually appealing Department of Defense website designed by psychologists at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, is dedicated to improving the coping skills of military youth in order to reduce stress and enhance their overall quality of life. The new "Tough Topics" modules for military children, their parents, and their teachers address the difficult issues of post-traumatic stress, physical injury, and grief and loss through animated graphic novels, testimonial videos by military kids, and topical expert videos.


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The National Conference of State Legislators has announced the 2012 Child Welfare Enacted Legislation Database. This searchable database allows you to explore child welfare legislation enacted in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam by state, topic, status, year, keyword, and/or primary sponsor.



Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice Speaker Series

Systems of Care: An Effective Strategy to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Who Have Experienced Trauma

Presenters: Elizabeth Thornton Trosch, JD, District Court Judge, North Carolina; Gary Blau, PhD, Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA; Amanda Metivier, MSW, Facing Foster Care in Alaska

Presenters describe the Systems of Care Initiative and how federal programs are realized at local levels. A Systems of Care grant recipient discusses how this approach was critical in providing trauma-informed practice with Crossover Youth in her courtroom. In addition, a consumer draws from her experience in the juvenile court system to describe how this federal program can affect the individual.

Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:


Network Members Nancy Kassam-Adams and our colleagues at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are the authors of Acute Stress Symptoms in Children: Results from an International Data Archive in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Volume 51, Issue 8). Investigators set out to describe the prevalence of acute stress disorder (ASD) symptoms and to examine proposed DSM-5 symptom criteria in relation to concurrent functional impairment in children and adolescents from an international archive of datasets that included assessment of acute traumatic stress reactions and concurrent impairment in children and adolescents 5 to 17 years of age. The DSM-5 ASD symptom criteria were found to capture key aspects of traumatic stress reactions that can create distress and interfere with children's and adolescents' ability to function in the acute post-trauma phase. Results provide a benchmark for comparison with adult samples; a smaller proportion of children and adolescents met the eight-symptom criterion than reported for adults. Symptom requirements for the ASD diagnosis may need to be lowered to optimally identify children and adolescents whose acute distress warrants clinical attention.




Betty Pfefferbaum and our colleagues at The Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine are co-authors of The Burden of Disaster: Part 1. Challenges and Opportunities within a Child's Social Ecology in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems (Volume 14, Issue 1). This first of two articles describes the challenges and opportunities within a child's social ecology consisting of Micro-, Meso-, Exo-, and Macrosystems. The parent-child relationship—the most salient Microsystem influence in children's lives—plays an influential role in children's reactions to and recovery from disasters. Children, parents, and other adults participate in Mesosystem activities at schools and faith-based organizations. The Exosystem—including workplaces, social agencies, neighborhood, and mass media—directly affects important adults in children's lives. The Macrosystem affects disaster response and recovery indirectly through intangible cultural, social, economic, and political structures and processes. Children's responses to adversity occur in the context of these dynamically interconnected and interdependent nested environments, all of which endure the burden of disaster. Increased understanding of the influences of and the relationships between key components contributes to recovery and rebuilding efforts, limiting disruption to the child and his or her social ecology.


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Glenn Saxe and Erika Tullberg from the NYU Child Study Center will present for the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) webcast Trauma-Informed Practice with Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System on Wednesday, February 6th.  Saxe and Tullberg will provide information on the impact of child trauma and will offer concrete ways that foster parents, staff, agency leaders, and other stakeholders can help mitigate trauma's impact on children, families, and the child welfare system overall.  Dr. Saxe will give an overview of Trauma Systems Therapy, an evidence-informed, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach that takes into account a child's support system and home environment in addressing his or her trauma-related symptoms. The presenters will describe resources to support trauma-informed practice and intervention and plans for evaluation of the impact of these tools.


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