New on the NCTSN Website
Safe Space, Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBT Youth
The NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee is pleased to an¬nounce the launch of a new video which highlights the effect of trauma on LGBTQ youth; how bias impedes optimal care, and practical steps for creating safe and welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. The video features five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma and bias have affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) presenters discuss specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safer and more welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth.
Public Awareness: National Brain Injury Awareness Month
While football-related brain trauma frequently makes the headlines, it is less well-known that each year an estimated 2.4 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with another 795,000 individuals sustaining an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes. TBIs can affect the functionality of the brain—thinking, reasoning, and memory. Whether the victim is an adult, a child, or an infant, all family members are subject to distress.
To raise awareness of traumatic brain injury, the Brain Injury As-sociation of America recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month every March. In support of this public awareness campaign, the NCTSN offers resources on traumatic brain injury for families, medical professionals, and military families.
Updates on the NCTSN Website!
Click to find the latest versions of these factsheets pertinent to your work in juvenile justice:
Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR)
Using a trauma-focused, skill-building, multi-family group intervention, Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) by Laurel Kiser aims to reduce the symptoms of PTSD and trauma-related disorders in children and adult caregivers. As most families living in traumatic contexts contend with on-going stressors and threats, SFCR is de-signed to increase coping resources in children, adult caregivers, and in the family system to prevent relapse and re-exposure. SFCR helps families boost their sense of safety, function with stability, regulate their emotions and behaviors, and improve communication about and understanding of the traumatic events they have experienced. The SFCR manual is based on a systemic, family approach and uses empirically supported trauma treatment that focuses on family ritual, storytelling, and narration, which improves communication and understanding within family members. Feasibility and implementation studies (including caregiver and child report) demonstrate that child SFCR significantly reduces PTSD symptoms, child’s behavior problems, and parenting stress, while improving family functioning and coping.
Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:
Network members Jordan Greenbaum and James Crawford are authors of Child Sex Trafficking and Com-mercial Sexual Exploitation: Health Care Needs of Victims published in Pediatrics (Volume 135, Issue 3). While child sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) are major public health problems, pediatricians have limited information as to the nature and scope of human trafficking and how they may help protect children. This clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses the risk factors for and potential indicators of CSEC, victim identification through medical evaluation, mental health assessment concerns, referral and resource information, and additional guidance for pediatricians.
Network colleagues Ann Master and Amy Monn are co-authors of Child and Family Resilience: A Call for Integrated Science, Practice, and Professional Training published in Family Relations (Volume 64, Issue 1) by the National Council on Family Relations. Authors note that there have been surprisingly few efforts to systematically integrate the theory, findings, and implications of the child resilience and family resilience, and they describe components of an integrated approach to child and family resilience, highlighting examples from recent research, and discuss implications for research, practice, and professional training.
New on the Learning Center
March 13, 2015 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Chadwick/Rady Children’s Hospital; Antonia Barba, LCSW, Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services; Arturo Zinny, LPC, Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Service; Jennifer Grady, MSSW, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—Duke
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers. The most common traumatic events are bullying, harassment, traumatic loss, intimate partner violence, and physical and sexual abuse, as well as traumatic forms of societal stigma, bias and rejection. Historically, professionals have failed to recognize and meet the needs of traumatized LGBTQ youth, lead-ing to poor engagement, ineffective treatment, and in some cases, perpetuating the youth’s traumatic experiences. To ensure that these youth receive the care they deserve, providers need resources to create safe spaces and familiarize themselves with the issues facing traumatized LGBTQ youth.
Next Month on the Learning Center
April 1, 2015 (9:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Jaleel Abdul-Adil, Co-Director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center at the University of Illinois at Chi-cago and Liza Suarez, Co-Director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Faculty have designed their presentation for providers/professionals from mental health, juvenile justice, public school, faith-based, and community-based settings who serve youth and their families. They will discuss the key causes, major consequences, and professional responses related to community violence and its traumatic stress-related impacts on youth, including: (a) the historic and contemporary causes of violence exposure among urban youth and their families; (b) the interrelated contexts of violence exposure that impact urban youth; and (c) specific goals for implementing best practices for serving violence-exposed urban youth.
Call for Papers
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) is accepting submissions for presentations from February 3 through March 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (CDT). The 31st Annual Meeting will take place in New Orleans, November 5 -7, 2015, with Pre-Meeting Institutes on November 4th. Submit your paper today!
Webinar: Improving Outcomes through Effective Screening and Assessment Practices—
Where are we Now and What are the Next Steps?
Thursday, March 12, 2015 (12-1:30 pm PST)
Presenters: Lisa Conradi, PsyD., Director of Clinical Operations, Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA; Joyce Pfennig, PhD, Children's Bureau/ACF/HHS, Division of Pro-gram Innovation, Washington, DC; Mandy Taylor, Foster Parent Retention Specialist, Bethany Christian Ser-vices and Co-Chair Trauma and Symptom Assessment Committee, NCTSN, Grand Rapids, MI; Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Director, Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sci-ences, Chicago, IL; George S. Ake III, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Center for Child and Family Health, Durham, NC; and Rita Pelaggi, Milford Office Director, Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Milford, CT
While there has been an increased focus in child welfare settings on screening children for trauma and con-ducting a trauma-informed mental health assessment, there are challenges to implementation of these prac-tices, such as how to share screening and assessment information with community partners and family mem-bers and how to use this information to effectively measure outcomes and support practice. After a description of the current state of the field related to screening and assessment, a panel of parents, researchers, clinical administrators, clinicians, and child welfare workers—from a diverse array of settings—will describe challenges related to screening and assessment and discuss strategies to overcome those challenges. Pre-senters will highlight recommendations for next steps in the field based on lessons learned. CWLA is present-ing this webinar in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Want to be a Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Facilitator?
Duke Evidenced-Based Practice Implementation Center (Duke EPIC) and the Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH), in partnership with the Welcome Back Veterans organizations and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are excited to announce the 2015 Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Facilitator Training. This FREE training opportunity (based on the Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, Resource Parent Curriculum developed by the National Children Traumatic Stress Network) provides a robust blended learning curriculum designed to increase the capacity of trained RPC workshop facilitators and to elevate cultural awareness of military families and caregivers who are caring for children who have experienced trauma.
• 8 weeks of distance learning to build knowledge of the RPC and to support facilitation of the RPC
• 3 days of face-to-face training in Durham, NC with RPC master trainers (NCTSN affiliated)
• Exposure to RPC cases designed for use with military families
• Follow-up facilitator and team consultation to support implementation of the RPC
We are looking mental health or child welfare professionals (public or private)
• Trained in trauma-informed treatment
• Experienced with children in adoptive, foster, and kinship care families
• Committed to identifying and co-facilitating groups with a resource parent
• Available to conduct at least one RTPC workshop group for resource parents within the next 12 months
We encourage multiple participants from the same agency to apply
Interested? Want more details? Join us on one of an information call about the RPC Curriculum, the application process, and the training structure to determine if this training opportunity is appropriate for you. In the meantime, address any questions directly to Jordan Kincaid at 919-613-9852 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 CWLA National Conference—April 27-29
Discover real solutions on hot topics in child welfare at
Join us Wednesday, April 29 for super session Emerging and Promising Practices for Addressing the Unique Needs of Immigrant Children and Families: As the population of children in immigrant families in-creases in the United States, child welfare agencies need to develop strategies that respond to their unique needs. This super session—presented in partnership with The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (formerly the Migration and Child Welfare National Network)—will provide promising strategies that child welfare agencies are implementing to facilitate positive outcomes for children in immigrant families. Strategies include engaging immigrant families and addressing unique barriers that may interfere with service delivery that promotes safety and well-being. Session faculty will present strategies for fostering participation of de-tained and deported parents and address the implications of recent immigration actions including the Parental Interests Directive.
Confirmed presenters include: Alan J. Dettlaff and Lyn Morland, Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; and Christina Richie Cooper and Scott Trowbridge, American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC