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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin May 2013


The NCTSN Domestic Violence Collaborative Group announces a new series of fact sheets created for parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. The set of 10 fact sheets gets to the heart of the experiences and needs of these children and families, and offers education in support of their resilience and recovery.

Resource for Court-Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians ad Litem

The Birth Parent Subcommittee of the Child Welfare Committee has released another fact sheet in its series highlighting the importance of understanding the serious consequences that trauma histories can have for birth parents and the subsequent potential impact on their parenting. Birth Parents with Trauma Histories in the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Court-Based Child Advocates was designed for court-appointed special advocates and guardians ad litem.

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma Speaker Series

Understanding Special Populations, Enhancing Multidisciplinary Responses to Polyvictimization

May 23, 2013 (10:00 a.m. PST)

Presenters: Julian Ford, University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic
Developmental Trauma Disorder : A Self-Regulation Framework for Understanding and Assessing the Sequelae of Poly-victimization.
Julian Ford is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His research, clinical practice, and teaching focus on assessment and treatment of complex traumatic stress disorders in children, adolescents, and adults, including serving as Principal Investigator on studies of Developmental Trauma Disorder, poly-victimization and complex trauma, trauma-informed juvenile justice programs and systems, the development, validation, and dissemination of the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET©) individual, group, family, and milieu treatment model, and development and validation of psychometric screening and assessment measures.

Noteworthy Resources

 Julian Ford, at the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice is presenting in a webinar on Thursday, May 16 at 10:00 am PST/12:00 pm CST/1:00 pm EST through ISTSS. Prevention and Treatment Interventions for Traumatized Children: Restoring Capacities for Self-Regulation will be presented to describe the adverse impacts that exposure to traumatic stressors, particularly interpersonal traumas, have on children's capacities in several domains of self-regulation. The revised DSM-V criteria for childhood PTSD and the Developmental Trauma Disorder criteria will be discussed in order to assist clinicians and clinical researchers define treatment goals related to enhancing children's posttraumatic self-regulation. An overview of evidence-based and evidence-informed treatment models for childhood and adolescent classic and complex PTSD will be provided, focusing on components that address each domain of childhood self-regulation.


 A new online training course is now offered by the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and the Medical University of South Carolina.  Helping Heroes is a 9-hour training course for mental health professionals working with firefighters and other first responders who have problems with work-related trauma stress. The course content involves exposure and behavioral activation therapies which have strong empirical support for their efficacy with this population. Helping Heroes was developed with funding from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and with support and consultation from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Firefighter Support Team of the Charleston-Dorchester Mental Health Center. Numerous others contributed to this course as well. Like all of our online training courses, Helping Heroes is free to all learners. A total of 9 hours of professional continuing education credit is awarded after completing the full course.  


 Stephanie J. Schneider, Steven F. Grilli, and Jennifer R. Schneider at Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are the authors of Evidence-Based Treatments for Traumatized Children and Adolescents in Current Psychiatry Reports (Volume 15, Number 1). This article reviews recent advances in empirically supported psychotherapeutic treatments for children and adolescents experiencing trauma and provides a brief summary of available interventions, as well as a context for their use. We highlight the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's recent practice guidelines for trauma treatment and discuss their implications for clinicians, including the benefits of involving caregivers in treatment and the rationale for using practices that are specifically trauma-focused as first-line intervention. Finally, we discuss the status of research on the real-world implementation of these therapies and the need for further research, particularly regarding clinician knowledge and use of empirically supported practices, potential stepped-care approaches to trauma treatment, and the need to reduce attrition in child trauma research and practice.

 Glenn Saxe and Adam Brown at the NYU Child Study Center are the authors of Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents in Adolescent Psychiatry (Volume 2, Number 4). This article summarizes the experience of developing an approach to assessment and treatment called trauma systems therapy (TST), that my colleagues and I have been evaluating and developing over the past 10 years. Results: TST is classified by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network an effective and promising intervention. TST makes sense in light of what we know about the neurobiological underpinnings of traumatic stress disorders as well as our understanding of difficulty with emotional regulation. TST is both an effective clinical model for treatment of traumatized children and adolescents, and also an organizational model for the integration of services among agencies that provide treatment to these children.  

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