New on the NCTSN Website
New Webpages on Families and Trauma!
The Family Systems Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage on the NCTSN website focused on the family. On this webpage you will find content that defines the impact of trauma from a family systems perspective and links to a wide range of resources to create family-informed responses to trauma exposure and intervention.
The Healthcare Toolbox, a product of NCTSN partner Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is an invaluable resource for providers as you develop a more trauma-informed approach in your work with children and families coping with illness and injury. Trauma-informed pediatric care means incorporating an awareness of the impact of traumatic stress on ill or injured children and families as a part of treating the medical aspects of trauma. After at-tending to the basics of physical health (A-B-C: Airway, Breathing, Circulation), you can promote psychosocial re-covery by paying attention to the D-E-F (Distress, Emo-tional Support, Family). Along with building a more trau¬ma-informed practice, you can download patient handouts, learn the D-E-Fs of patient care, find assessment tools, explore quick interventions, and get ideas for self-care. You will have to create an account, but it’s quick and easy!
Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:
Carly Dierkhising and Shawn Marsh are the authors of Bridging the Trauma Research-Practice Divide: Juvenile Court Trauma Audits in Traumatic Stress Points (Volume 28, Issue 2). More than ever before, juvenile courts and their affiliated stakeholders are coming to understand and appreciate the impact of trauma on the social and emotional functioning of the children and families they serve. This increasing awareness in local jurisdictions is paralleled by a growing focus on utilizing trauma-informed practices in juvenile justice system reform at the federal level (e.g., Defending Childhood Initiative). To bridge this research to practice gap, the National Coun-cil of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in collaboration with affiliates from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network launched a formative project with select courts across the United States to develop a trauma audit protocol for juvenile court settings. With funding support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the development team worked with six pilot courts from a range of diverse geographical and socioeconomic jurisdictions to explore how to define and assess what it means to be a trauma-informed juvenile court at a conceptual and operational level.
Melissa Runyon and Esther Deblinger are the authors of the new book Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT): An Approach to Empower Families At-Risk for Child Physical Abuse, which provides step-by step guidelines for implementing CPC-CBT with families. CPC-CBT, an evidence-based treatment (EBT) designed to address the needs of children and families at-risk for child physical abuse, is a structured EBT for children ages 3-17 and their parents (or caregivers) in families where parents engage in a continuum of coercive parenting strategies. CPC-CBT is designed not only for families where physical abuse has been sub-stantiated, but also for families considered at-risk of physical abuse. CPC-CBT not only empowers parents to effectively parent their children in a non-coercive manner, but also helps children heal from their abusive experiences, strengthens parent-child relationships, and enhances the safety of all family members.
New on the NCTSN Learning Center
Childhood Traumatic Experiences, the Body, and the Role of Integrated Healthcare
June 18 2014 (10:00 am PT)
Presenters: Sara Johnson, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center; Lisa Amaya Jackson, MD, MPH, NCCTS-Duke University
Presenters will provide an understanding of trauma, traumatic stress and toxic stress within the context of integrated healthcare, and will specifically address the neurobiological impact of stress on early brain development, long-term health, illness, and disease.
Best Practices in Military-Informed Care: Innovative Models of Care
June 19 2014 (10:00 am PT)
Presenters: Carole Campbell Swiecicki, PhD, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, Mayer Bellehsen, PhD, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Alisa Hathaway, LCSW-R, EdD, Mt. Hope Family Center
Presenters will discuss practices designed and adapted to create a welcoming environment that minimizes barriers to engagement in treatment. They will share examples of how organizations can incorporate military-informed procedures and practices, beginning with asking about service member status and affiliations, and will present service members' viewpoints about family needs and perspectives on ways to increase engagement and participation in services.
Coming Next Month
Strategies and Innovations in using CANS-Trauma and FANS-Trauma in Practice
July 24 2014 (9:30 am PT)
Presenters: Cassandra Kisiel, PhD, Northwestern University; Tracy Fehrenbach, PhD, North-western University; Kay Connors, MSW, FITT Center; Laurel Kiser, PhD, FITT Center
Presenters will discuss how to implement the CANS and FANS into a provider’s everyday prac-tice.
Health Disparity Implications
July 29 2014 (9:00 am PT)
Presenters: Doug Braun-Harvey, MA, The Harvey Institute; Betty Hill, MPM, Persad; Sandy Soloski, MA, CAC, Persad
The National AIA Resource Center, Children and Family Futures, and the Institute for Health and Recovery are the sponsors for the upcoming Sup-porting Children Affected by Parental Co-occurring Disorders: Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, HIV Symposium June 30—July 2, 2014. Attend a national symposium to help formulate an informed response to address the needs of children whose parents have co-occurring disorders. Increase your knowledge of these children’s needs and circumstances. Learn practical methods and strategies for enhancing protective factors and adapting your agency’s policies and practices. Keynote speakers include Robert Anda, MD, Cheryl Pratt, PhD, Linda Scruggs, MHS, and Nancy Young, PhD.
Register now for the 2014 Georgetown University Training Institutes: Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care! Receive in-depth, practical training on innovative approaches in policy, financing, ser-vices, family- and youth-driven care, cultural and linguistic competence, strategic communications, and outcome measurement and quality improvement. Continuing education credits are available. This meet¬ing is designed for diverse participants across child-serving systems, including state, tribal, territorial, and local policy makers, administrators, planners, leaders, advocates, clinicians, care managers, peer support providers, health and behavioral health managed care organizations, families, youth and young adults, educators, evaluators, technical assistance providers, and others concerned with improving care for chil¬dren and families. Attend sessions on issues facing all partner child-serving agencies, including mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, substance use, primary care, early care and education, and systems for transition-age youth and young adults.