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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin October 2015
On the NCTSN Website
Facts for Policymakers: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth 
This 5-page policy brief discusses a study comparing the types of trauma exposure, trauma-related symptomatology, functional impairments, and problem behaviors of a clinical CSEC cohort (defined as youth in the CDC who reported involvement in prostitution) with a clinical group of youth who had no reported involvement in prostitution, but had a history of sexual abuse/assault. Based on “The Trauma of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth: A Comparison of CSE Victims to Sexual Abuse Victims in a Clinical Sample” by Jennifer Cole, Ginny Sprang, Robert Lee, and Judith Cohen, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence (November, 2014), the brief presents an overview of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSE), the results of the study, and the policy and clinical implications.  

Public Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, one in four women will become a victim of domestic violence. Millions of children each year witness domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents can have long-lasting negative effects on children's emotional well-being, and social and academic functioning. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is offering resources to help educate parents and families, educators, professionals, and policymakers about domestic violence. 
Bullying Prevention Awareness Month (October 2015)
Bullying (verbal, physical, or via the Internet) can severely affect the victim's self-image, social interactions, and school performance ―often leading to insecurity, poor self-esteem, and depression in adulthood. School dropout rates and absences among victims of bullying are much higher than among other students. 

In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying. online resource.

Noteworthy Resources
ONLINE TOOLKIT: VA: How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family 
This online resource from the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) provides age-specific information for talking with children and adolescents about a family member’s suicide attempt. Learn why talking about a suicide attempt is important, when to talk about an attempt, how much information to share, ways to support children and adolescents, and examples on what to say and how to say it. 
On the NCTSN Learning Center
Explore the new Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) interactive site on the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma. Access a wealth of resources that support the use of the RPC and the goal of trauma-informed parenting. You will find training materials, the RPC blog, podcasts, webinars, and information on participating in ongoing consultation calls that will help parents and providers in building a community!
New RPC Blog Post! 
Traffic Light Blog Series 
In traffic, we all know that a red light means STOP, green means GO, and yellow means SLOW or CAUTION. Driv-ers must stick to these rules so that traffic can flow in an orderly fashion. Failing to adhere to traffic lights can result in chaos. Just as drivers need help to learn the rules of the road, children need help learning how to manage their emotions. Come learn how Dr. Kimberly Fielding uses the traffic light as a useful tool to help children and families manage their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Share your comments and experiences on the blog as part of the RPC community! 
Understanding the Complex Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Series
Mental Health Interventions for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth
Thursday, October 15, 2015 (9:00 am PT)
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC, Cenpatico; Savannah, CSE Survivor 
This webinar presents the current status of mental health assessment, intervention and prevention for commercially sexually exploited youth, and future steps for improving mental health services for this population. During the presentation, a formerly trafficked young adult advocate will reflect on her experiences and give insights for professionals working with trafficked youth.
Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth Series
Improving Treatment Outcomes through Integration of Sexual Health 
Thursday, October 29, 2015 (9:00 am PT)
Presenters: Doug Braun-Harvey, MFT, CGP, CST, The Harvey Institute; Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, The Chadwick Center and The Harvey Institute
Sexual health is an essential clinical area for professionals treating the intersection of sexual orientation and sexual trauma. By incorporating the principles of sexual health, clinicians uncover deficit-focused sexual attitudes and taboos that are barriers for attaining sexual health knowledge among LGBTQ youth, their families, and their trauma-healing communities. Presenters will provide a map for increasing trauma therapists’ comfort, willingness, and knowledge to initiate and facilitate sexual health con-versations that promote LGBTQ youth knowing the positive potential for their sexual development and health. They propose six fundamentals of sexual health to frame treatment and guide client sexual health conversations within individual, couple, and family therapy. Workshop participants will learn how to consider the full potential of LGBTQ sexual lives as an essential ally for improving sexual trauma assessment and treatment. 

Upcoming Events

November 9-11, 2015
Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) 2-Day Clinician Training 
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Presenter: Barbara Baumann, PhD 
You are invited to participate in an intensive training and year-long collaboration. AF-CBT is an evidence based, family-centered treatment designed to address family conflict, coercion and hostility, aggression, and child physical abuse. AF-CBT teaches individual and family skills to strengthen relationships and safety routines using coordinated and structured training methods. AF-CBT helps family members improve their communication and problem- solving skills, helps parents to effectively support and discipline their children, and helps children manage difficult emotions and respond more competently to interpersonal challenges. A session guide and family-friendly handouts are included for training participants, as well as a 1-day advanced training session to be held approximately 6 months after the initial training session. During the consultation period, the trainer will give detailed feedback on submitted session audio and will be available for Q&A by e-mail. You will also get access to the trainee section of the AF-CBT website, where you can find assessment scoring applications, extra handouts, and other helpful tools.
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