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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin September 2014

New on the NCTSN Website 

Back to School Resources

Whether your school year has already begun or you’re getting ready to go back, the NCTSN has re-sources available for educators, administrators, school staff, parents, and students. Start the year off right, download these school resources today!
Public Awareness
As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the NCTSN has updated its public awareness page for families, youth, educators, disaster response workers, medical personnel, and mental health pro-fessionals. This directory of products and resources of the Network and its partners includes webi-nars, factsheets, film clips, apps, and links to additional resources. Over the next few weeks, please revisit the site to find more information to help those experiencing  anniversary reminders of this national tragedy or those facing current stresses, adversities, or concerns.


In support of National Preparedness Month, the NCTSN is offering disaster preparedness re-sources to enhance our nation's capacity to prepare for and respond to terrorism and disasters. Disasters and terrorism can have devastating physical and psychological effects on children and families. Children and teenagers are at risk for stress reactions including sleep and eating distur-bances, irritability, anger, headaches, and stomachaches. They may also have behavior problems at school, lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, avoid friends, or engage in dangerous or risky behaviors. Visit our public awareness page to learn more.


Noteworthy Resources
New book by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is now available! Re-nowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically in areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
To Pre-order a copy of Dr. van der Kolk’s book: Click Here
Family Center Yoga-based Psychotherapy Group Manual is here. The Yoga-Based Psychotherapy Group (YBPG) manual is now available. The YBPG protocol was developed by the Mind/Body Clinic at the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute for children 8-12 years old who have been abused, neglected, exposed to violence or are at-risk for experiencing trauma. The manual is intended for mental health and health care professionals, yoga teachers, and teachers in academic settings. This 96-page manual includes a literature review, the 14 week protocol for facilitating YBPG, weekly yoga practices for group participants, and handouts. The Family Center was a recipient of a SAMHSA Grant 2007-2012 that in part supported this project. The cost of the YBPG Manual is $39.95 and shipping.  
To purchase the YBPG Manual: Click Here

Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:

 NCTSN Colleagues Joan Cook, Elana Newman, and the New Haven Trauma Competency Group are the authors of A Consensus Statement on Trauma Mental Health: The New Haven Competency Conference Process and Major Findings in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (Vol. 6, No. 4, 300-307). Although the scientific literature on trau-matic stress is large and growing, most psychologists have only a cursory knowledge of this sci-ence and have no formal training in—nor apply evidence-based psychosocial treatments for—trauma-related disorders. As there is a clear need for the development and dissemination of a comprehensive model of trauma-focused, empirically informed competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes), the New Haven Competencies consensus conference was assembled. Sixty ex-perts participated in a nominal group process delineating 5 broad foundational and functional competencies in the areas of trauma-focused and trauma-informed scientific knowledge, psycho-social assessment, psychosocial interventions, professionalism, and relational and systems. In addition, 8 cross-cutting competencies were voted into the final product. These trauma compe-tencies can provide the basis for the future training of a trauma-informed mental health work-force.

 Several Network Colleagues were recently involved in the National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience. In December 2013, thirty-five national leaders in ACEs research, policy, and practice came together at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ for a retreat co-hosted by the Institute for Safe Families. This group, the National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR), met to advance a call to action issued at the National Summit on ACEs earlier that year. Over the course of two days, through vigorous conversation, small-group work, panel discussions, and presentations, NCAR participants clarified their mission: to fuel the collective impact of people and organizations committed to preventing childhood trauma and creating a just, healthy, and resilient world. To read more about what happened at the meeting download the report. 

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Trauma-Informed Integrated Healthcare Speaker Series

September 25, 2014 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Heather Forkey, MD, University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center, Beth Barto, LMHC, The Central Mass Child Trauma Center, LUK, Inc. 
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.
Upcoming Events
Understanding Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors from a Trauma- Informed Perspective 
This 90 minute virtual town hall meeting, sponsored by the NCTSN Culture Consortium, Terrorism and Disaster Committee, and Policy Taskforce, will address key topics on the issues related to working with unaccompanied and immigrant minors. Join this important discussion to learn more about what the NCTSN and its partners are doing, to find available resources, and to connect with others doing this critical work. 
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PDT/11:00 am CDT/12:00 pm EDT for 90 minutes
Join us by phone and online at:
Number: 1-866-295-5950
Code: 5318986#
Two-Day Conference on ITCT-A in Torrance, CA
The University of Southern California Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC) is hosting a two-day conference on Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adoles-cents (ITCT‐A) at the Torrance Marriott South Bay hotel in Torrance, California. Intended for mental health professionals and trainees, the conference will offer tracks for beginning and experienced ITCT-A clinicians. Minimum qualifications for student applicants include current enrollment in a clinical Masters-level (or higher) training program in psychology or a related field (e.g., social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy). NOTE: Indi-viduals and agencies must apply to attend. 
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