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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin August 2014

New on the NCTSN Website 

Resources Now Available:
Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors 

Not only during their journey but also on arriving at their destination, immigrant youth experience traumatic events related to war or persecution, abuse, trafficking, and vio-lence which may affect their mental and physical health. If you are working with youth who have found their way to the States without the presence of a caregiver, we hope you will find this page beneficial. We will add more resources as they become available.
Visit the New Spotlight on Culture On-Line Library!
The ongoing Spotlight on Culture series, sponsored by the Culture Consortium, is published in the quarterly IMPACT newsletter. The series aims to raise awareness across the Network about issues involving the intersection between culture and trauma and ad-dresses such issues as cultural and linguistic awareness, sensitivi-ty, and understanding which, we believe, need to be infused throughout every level of an organization to be most effective.

Noteworthy Resources
The Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Missouri, a partner of the NCTSN, has added to their website new resources to help youth cope with media coverage including Helping Your Child Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Factsheet for Parents and Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Factsheet for Teachers and School Staff.
The TDC at the University of Missouri has also created a new short factsheet on helping families protect their pets before, during, and after a disaster.

Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:

 Affiliate Members Carolina Velasco-Hodgson currently residing in her home city of Santiago, Chile, and Margot Kaplan-Sanoff of the Boston University of Medicine have had their article Mothering in a Foreign Land: Who Holds the Mother published in the Journal of Zero to Three: Stories from the Field (Volume 34, No. 6). This is a moving and comprehensive explora-tion of the issues that immigrant mothers confront and which the professionals who support these mothers must keep in mind: a unique understanding of child development, culture differ¬ences and displacement, immigration status, acculturation stress, language as an emotional connection to the newborn, mental health, family structure, and networks of support.

 Colleagues Jenifer Goldman Frazer, Joseph Spinazzola, Beth Barto, and Jessica Griffin 
are among the authors of the article Implementation of a Workforce Initiative to Build Trauma-Informed Child Wel-fare Practices and Services: Finding from the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project in Children and Youth Services Review (Volume 4, 233-242). Children involved with Child Protective Services experience high rates of chronic and cumulative interpersonal trauma and adversi¬ty that can have a profoundly negative impact on well-being across the life course, and child welfare agencies face myriad challenges in addressing the needs of these children. In response the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project (MCTP) was launched to enhance the capacity of child welfare workers and child mental health providers to identify, respond, and intervene early and effectively with children traumatized by chronic loss, abuse, neglect, and violence. Specifically, this improvement effort is driving practice change through three key mechanisms in all regions of the state: (1) by training child welfare staff and resource parents to recognize and respond to child trauma; (2) disseminating three trauma-focused EBT’s in community-based mental health agencies via sequential cohorts of intensive Learning Collaboratives; and (3) implementing child welfare-led Trauma-Informed Leadership Teams (TILTS) that bring mental health providers, child welfare workers, and consumers together to sustain efforts to implement, maintain and spread trauma-informed practices. The article describes the development and implementation of this multiyear initiative and a number of key lessons learned to date. 

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

 In the Podcast Center:

Co-Facilitating RPC Workshop: Blending Clinical Reasoning with Lived Experience

Speakers: Beth Barto, Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center, Massachusetts Child Trauma Project, and Director of Trauma Services at LUK, Inc.; Diane Lanni, Resource Parent Curriculum
In this brief (8:45 minute) podcast, speakers discuss some of their process as they prepared together to co-facilitate their statewide workshop Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, A Workshop for Resource Parents. They discuss ways to cue each other during the trainings and sharing the trauma reminders experienced by children in Ms. Lanni’s care.
Coming Next Month
Trauma-Informed Integrated Healthcare Speaker Series
September 25, 2014 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Beth Barto, LMHC, The Central Mass Child Trauma Center; Heather Forkey, MD, University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center
Presenters will describe what comprehensive care for children in the child welfare system looks like. They will then discuss what it could and should look like through a trauma informed lens.
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