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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin April 2015
New on the NCTSN Website
 
NCTSN is pleased to announce a new product, 
Child Maltreatment in Military—A Fact sheet for Providers. Military families serve and sacrifice courageously for their country. Military service is stressful: frequent moves, separation from family and support networks, lengthy absences of a parent, increased demands on at-home parents, the return of a service member with physical or mental wounds, and other transitions and events that are unique to military life. This factsheet offers providers infor-mation about military families, child maltreatment in the military, how the deployment affects the family, and what providers can do to support the military families they serve
 
 
Available NOW—NCTSN LGBTQ Video Resource Guide
To accompany the new video (highlighted in last month’s E-Bulletin) Safe Space, Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBT Youth, the NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee presents the NCTSN LGBTQ Video Resource Guide. After having staff view the video, agencies can use this one 2-sided page as a training tool in follow-up meetings or in supervision. Safe Space, Safe Places features five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma has affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services and highlights how bias impedes optimal care. NCTSN presenters discuss specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safer and more welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. 
 
 
 
Other NCTSN News 
 
 
NCTSN Podcasts now available on iTunes 
NCTSN is building an podcast presence on iTunes! We have begun with ten audio podcasts developed for the Resource Parent Curriculum Online. We are in the process of expanding our collection to include a variety of topics. How to access our podcasts? Just open your iTunes application, and search “nctsn” in the upper right hand corner search bar. The RPC Online is a centralized resource for facilitators and resource parents who are using "Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents" to share their stories and lessons learned. Download today!
 
NCTSN is also on PINTEREST—
NCTSN is on the virtual bulletin board Pinterest. Check out this new way to browse, access, and share our hundreds of resources. Follow us on Pinterest, visit our Boards, Pin and Re-pin, Like us, and come back frequently as our account continues to grow! https:// www.pinterest.com/NCTSN/
 
 

Noteworthy Resources
 
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center Launches New Teen Website
New York City’s only provider of high-quality, comprehensive, free health and wellness services for young people and the nation’s leading center of adolescent health care, training and research has launched a web-site. Designed with help of teenagers and young adults, www.teenhealthcare.org is colorful, user-friendly, and gives youth the latest news about the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. On the homepage, you will see videos on what the center does and find “one-click” links to services. The site has a pull down "All About You" menu with sections on "How Can We Help," "Aim I Healthy," "Am I Normal," "Trouble at Home," among others. All pages within the website link to services and contact information.
 

 

 
 
 
 
NEW Suicide Prevention App from SAMHSA
Suicide Safe, SAMHSA's new suicide prevention app for mobile devices and tablets, helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. Based on SAMHSA's Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, Suicide Safe helps providers: (1) use the SAFE-T approach with patients; (2) explore interactive case study examples; (3) quickly access and share information, including crisis lines, fact sheets, educational opportunities, and treatment resources; (4) browse conversation starters, sample language, and tips for talking with patients; and (5) identify treatment options, locations, resources, and referrals. Suicide Safe is a free app available for iOS® and Android™ mobile devices.
 
 
Teen Dating and Violence
In Teen Dating Violence (Physical and Sexual) Among US High School Students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in JAMA Pediatrics (March 2015—Epub ahead of print) authors K. J. Vagi, Olsen E. O’Malley, K. C. Basile, and A. M. Vivolo-Kantor set out to (1) describe the content of new physical and sexual teen dating violence (TDV) victimization questions first administered in the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey; (2) to share data on the prevalence and frequency of TDV; and (3) to assess associa¬tions of RDV experience with health-risk behaviors. They found that—among students who dated—20.9% of female students and 10.4% of male students experienced some form of TDV during the 12 months before the survey. Female students had a higher prevalence than male students of physical TDV only, sexual TDV only, both physical and sexual TDV, and any TDV. All health-risk behaviors were most prevalent among students who experienced both forms of TDV and were least prevalent among students who experienced none. The 2013 TDV questions allowed for the establishment of new prevalence estimates of TDV that represent a more complete measure of TDV and are useful in determining associations with health-risk behaviors among youth exposed to these different forms of TDV.
 
 

New on the Learning Center
 
April 24, 2015 (9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT)
 
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Roy Van Tassell, LPC, Cenpatico; Susana Rivera, Ph.D, SCAN, Inc.
 
In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please join us for an important webinar in which presenters will discuss both the sexual assault that occurs within the context of ongoing relationships AND the sexual as-sault that occurs in a one-time interaction (e.g., at a party, among casual acquaintances, or with friends who are not in an ongoing intimate/romantic relationship). 
 
 
On Demand
 
Presenters: Jaleel Abdul-Adil, Co-Director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center at the University of Illinois at 
Chicago 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 inter-related contexts of violence exposure that impact urban youth; and (c) specific goals for implementing best practices for serving violence-exposed urban youth.
 

Upcoming Events
 
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 
increases 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 detained 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
•   Check out all the conference super sessions.  
•   Peruse the 50+ workshops.  
•   View the conference registration program.  
•   Book your hotel reservation.
 
 
 
 
 
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