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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin Jaunary 2013


The *New* Measures Review Database is live!

The NCTSN Measures Review Database is a searchable, web-based resource containing in-depth reviews of assessment instruments used by clinicians and researchers in the field of child trauma. Each review provides the following: 
  • General description of the measure
  • Domains the measure assesses
  • Languages in which the measure is available
  • Age range and cultural groups with whom the measure has been used
  • Psychometric properties
  • Training information
  • Pros and cons
  • Information on obtaining the measure
We have recently streamlined our Measures Review Template, so that you can expect to find ongoing updates. Check out the latest measure reviews:
  • UCLA Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Reaction Index (UCLA PTSD RI)
  • Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment (DIPA)
  • Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Comprehensive$mdash;Trauma Version (CANS Trauma)
  • Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire (CTSQ)
We continue to add new reviews and expand our database. If you have measures that you would like to review, please contact Mariana Holliday, Measures Review Database Coordinator at
Community Violence Resources

Our Community Violence Collaborative Group is proud to announce two new products. Violence Places, Dangerous Times: Does Community Violence Control Your Life? is a checklist that youth can use to assess whether they experience community violence. If so, youth can use the Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times to learn more about community violence, how it can affect their daily lives, and what to do for support.



Resource for Clinicians Preparing to Testify


The Justice Consortium is happy to release the first in a series of three fact sheets designed to help clinicians testify in court. Testifying in Court about Trauma: How to Prepare offers guidance to clinicians called upon to testify as an expert witness for a client's court case. From understanding a subpoena, confidentially, and the therapist-client privilege to preparing yourself, your client, and his/her caregivers for your court appearance, this fact sheet lays out ethical considerations, describes how to navigate conversations with your consumers, and gives you self-care tips to use for a court appearance. 

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Noteworthy Resources

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has released Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma, an online video series to address the needs of children exposed to violence and victimization. The series includes a public awareness video, in which victims discuss the effects of the violence and trauma they experienced, and three topic-specific videos detailing evidence-based treatment, child advocacy strategies, and community-based approaches to help those affected. 

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

The NEW NCTSN Podcast Center  

NCTSN is excited to announce the launch of our NCTSN Podcast
Center on the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma. We have four new podcasts available and are scheduling the taping of other Network experts. Listen to Dr. Patricia Watson discuss an overview of disaster behavioral health interventions, Psychological First Aid, Skills for Psychological Recovery, or how to cope in hard economic times. 
More topics and experts coming soon! 

The TOOLCIT Learning Community

The goal of the new TOOLCIT Learning Community (TLC) is to support NCTSN sites in their efforts to disseminate Evidence-Based Treatments to organizations that serve children and families who have experienced trauma. The NCCTS Learning Collaborative Model ensures that organizations provide their clinicians with high quality clinical training and are well-prepared and have the capacity to implement and sustain the EBT. Through their participation in the TLC, teams will be able to facilitate a successful NCCTS Learning Collaborative, including applying tenets of implementation science, drawing from adult learning principles, self-monitoring adherence to the model guidelines, and tracking the progress and outcomes of their Learning Collaborative participants.

Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth Speaker Series

Empowering Therapists to Work with LGBTQ Youth and Families

April 2, 2013 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Judy Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center; Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center, Betty Hill, MPM, Persad Center; and Sandy Soloski, MA, CAC, Persad Center
This webinar will provide participants with information clinicians should have about cultural competence as it pertains to working with LGBTQ Youth. Presenters will discuss the coming out process and gender as a continuum rather than a binary concept. Participants will learn how to be better prepared to affirm individuals in the coming out process.

Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:

 Sarah Gardner, Teresa Loya, and Corine Hyman, authors of FamilyLive: Parental Skill Building for Caregivers with Interpersonal Trauma Exposures in the Clinical Social Work Journal (Volume 40, Number 4), discuss how mental health treatments for emotionally traumatized children incorporate family and caregiver-child therapy sessions to promote child recovery and minimize developmental disruption. In order to remain productively engaged in the therapeutic process, caregivers need to regulate their emotions; this may be difficult for those caregivers with histories of unresolved interpersonal trauma. Interpersonal trauma also interferes with the ability to reflect on one's own and others' feelings and intentions, which can limit the caregiver's engagement in psychotherapy relationships. FamilyLive is an innovative caregiver-focused family therapy model that uses a one-way mirror, a specially trained reflecting team, structured routines, and individualized verbalizations to address this complex clinical phenomenon. Guided by the literature on attachment and trauma, FamilyLive has yielded anecdotal successes and positive pilot results. FamilyLive is a viable approach to engaging caregivers with histories of interpersonal trauma in trauma-focused child and family therapy relationships.

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