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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin August 2015
10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
 
August 29, 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 33 of our Network centers and 31 of our partners assisted in 22 states making it the greatest NCTSN response and recovery to date. Some of our NCTSN centers suffered significant damage and had to rebuild their centers and their communities. Others assisted the over 1 million individuals displaced from their communities. This webinar series highlights the tremendous efforts over the past 10 years to rebuild after this deadly storm. 

Webinars
 
Upcoming:
 
 
August 26, 2015 (12:00—1:30 pm PT)
Presenters: Joy Osofsky, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD, 
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Anthony Speier, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Michele Many, LCSW, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
 
Moderated by: Robert Pynoos, MD, MPH, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—UCLA & Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—UCLA 
 
August 29, 2015 marks the tenth year of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which affected 1.5 million people throughout the Gulf Coast of which 1,464 lost their lives. This webinar will focus on the widespread behavioral health impact on the residents of the largest metropolitan area and the surrounding parishes. The presenters all played key roles in the direct operation of response and recovery services from the days preceding Katrina and into the present day.  This webinar will first revisit the horrific and unanticipated exposure of first responders, families and children to these historic events and their lingering consequences.  Based on this experience and the extreme needs of the population, the second half of the presentation will speak directly to the innovations in treatment and response strategies that were developed and how they have evolved and continue to provide meaningful approaches to addressing child and family needs today throughout the greater New Orleans Area.
 
 
September 3, 2015 (10:00—11:30 am PT)
Presenters: Douglas Walker, PhD, Mercy Family Center; Laura Danna, LCSW, Project Fleur-de-lis; Tanisha Moore, LCSW, Charter School Social Worker
 
Moderated by Marleen Wong, PhD, University of Southern California & Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—UCLA 
 
Project Fleur-de-lisTM (PFDL), an intermediate and long-term school-based mental health response to Hurricane Katrina was designed to conduct school-based trauma informed treatment. This case study examines the rationale, design, implementation, evaluation and impact of PFDL as a grass roots program that evolved into a model for school-based trauma informed system of care for nearly 100 schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Lessons learned from PFDL can assist other cities and their schools who experience disasters by informing school policy in disaster preparedness and in the immediate and long-term school-based mental health responses for students. 
 
 
September 9, 2015 (12:00—1:30 pm PT)
Presenters: Anthony Speier, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Joy Osofsky, PhD, 
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Tonya Cross Hansel, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Curt Drennen, PsyD, RN, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response; Nikki Bellamy, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Lou Ann Mock, PhD, DePelchin Children’s Center
 
Moderated by: John Fairbank, PhD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—Duke University & Melissa Brymer, PhD, PsyD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—UCLA 
 
The evacuation of 1.1 million residents from an area approximately equal in land mass to Great Britain, resulted in 19 states participating in federally funded crisis counseling programs organized to address the evacuation, sheltering, and recovery needs of Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The panel of presenters all played key roles in the Hurricane Katrina response. The speakers will address the unique set of challenges faced from the perspective of the directly damaged resident state of Louisiana,  a “host” state (Colorado), a “host” city (Houston),  and the Federal response plan (SAMHSA). The content presented will provide essential information regarding early stage sheltering and stabilization, intermediate and longer-term assimilation into temporary communities, and repatriation to the survivor’s home state. The information presented  will benefit  policy makers, emergency response planners, treatment providers, public health and local emergency response personnel.
 
 
 
On Demand:
 
In this webinar, Drs. Joy and Howard Osofsky provide a foundation for understanding children in disasters.Topics discussed include evaluation and treatment services for traumatized children, school support services, PFA in unusual situations, resilience, and vicarious trauma. The presentation focuses on data on children affected by Katrina.
 
In this webinar, Drs. Joy Osfosky and Claude Chemtob, provide guidelines for assessing and treating young children who have been traumatized through a disaster or act of terrorism. The presentation focuses primarily on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.

Resources
 
 
 
For this 10th anniversary of Katrina, the National Child Traumatic Network has compiled webinars and resources to help individuals deal with renewed reactions and enhance coping with current stresses and adversities that may come up during this anniversary.
 
 
  
 
 
Trinka and Sam the Rainy Windy Day is a story developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced a hurricane. In the story, Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried when it begins to rain and storm. The rain and wind remind them of the hurricane they experienced before. The story describes some of their reactions and talks about how their parents help them to express their feelings and feel safer. In the back of the booklet, there is a parent guide that suggests ways that parents can use the story with their children. Also available in Spanish. 
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