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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin January 2014

New on the NCTSN Website 

New Public Awareness Page on Human Trafficking! 

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Workgroup of the Justice Consortium is pleased to announce a page of resources to support January's Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On this webpage you will find materials for providers, law enforcement officials, primary care professionals, survivors, and family members.
 
 

Noteworthy Resources

Developed jointly by FEMA, American Red Cross, HHS, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach aims to help government and community leaders focus on reliable and swift reunification of caregivers and their children. This document provides operational guidance, defines agency roles at many levels, and offers checklists and emergency planning templates.

 
Sesame Street Presents: Little Children, Big Challenges
 
Young children face big challenges every day. Getting dressed, saying goodbye, waiting in line, and going to bed can feel like big hurdles to a young child. Sesame Street has created new resources that provide parents, caregivers, and educators with daily activities and positive routines to help children (ages 2-5) build resiliency skills.
These FREE materials include the following:

For more information, e-mail challenges@sesame.org

Princeton University and the Brookings Institution released the latest issue of The Future of Children (Volume 23, Number 2) on the topic of military families. Nine articles aim to promote effective policies and programs for military-connected children and their families by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research. 
 
 

 

 

Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:

Julian Ford, Damion Grasso, Josephine Hawke, and John Chapman are the authors of Poly-victimization among Juvenile Justice Youths in Child Abuse & Neglect (Volume 37, Issue 10). This study replicates and extends the research literature on poly-victimization with a vulnerable and under-served population, juvenile justice-involved youths. Youths aged 10-16 years newly admitted to juvenile detention facilities completed psychometric measures of trauma history, posttraumatic stress, affect regulation, alcohol/drug use, suicide risk, and somatic complaints. Authors concluded that, although youth involved in the juvenile justice system typically have experienced substantial victimization, a poly-victimized sub-group warrants particular scientific, clinical, and rehabilitative attention in order to address the most severe behavioral and mental health problems and risks faced by this vulnerable population. 
 
 
Authors Nancy Kassam-Adams, Meghan Marsac,  Aimee Hildenbrand, and Flaura Winston, in their article Posttraumatic Stress Following Pediatric Injury: Update on Diagnosis, Risk Factors, and Intervention in JAMA Pediatrics (Volume 167, Number 2), provide a review of PTS following pediatric injury, present a framework for understanding PTS, and summarize evidence regarding (1) the prevalence and effect of injury-related PTS symptoms, (2) risk factors for the development of PTS symptoms, and (3) prevention and treatment approaches. Authors note that the review focuses on PTS after injuries not related to child abuse or family violence. The goals of this review are to highlight what pediatricians (hospital-based clinicians and primary care providers) need to know about injury and PTS and to provide a basic introduction to secondary prevention approaches applicable for pediatric practice. 
 
 

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Diagnostic Statistical Manual-5: Developmental Considerations and Clinical Implications for Young Children: Part II
January 29, 2013 (8:00 am PT)
Presenters: Julie Larrieu, PhD, Tulane University; Chandra Ghosh-Ippen, PhD, University of California San Francisco
Presenters will discuss the implications of the changes in the DSM-5 as they relate to young children. 
 

Coming Next Month on our Learning Center

Opiate Exposed Newborns: Development, Assessment, and Treatment
February 21, 2014 (10:00 am PT)
Presenters: Cheryl Pratt, PhD, Children's Research Triangle; Rachana Singh, MD, MS, Tufts University School of Medicine; Barbara Drennen, Pediatric Interim Care Center; Erica Asselin, Mentoring Mom in the NESST Project
Presenters will discuss the potential impact of opiates on the developing fetus and baby. Three experts in the field of neonatal abstinence syndrome and one consumer, with first-hand experience, will discuss the potential impact of opiates on the developing fetus, how medical staff assess and support babies and families exposed to opiates, and tips and techniques for parents and providers as they transition from the hospital to either the family's home or a residential treatment facility. 
 
 
 
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