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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin December 2015
New on NCTSN.org
 
NEW INFORMATION on Working with refugee children and families
New resources are now available on supporting refugee children and families. Our updated website provides the most current information about refugee youth experiences and needs; guidance for providers from various service systems on the healthy adjustment of refugee youth; and access to tools, trainings, and resources related to refugees. Join the NCTSN in creating safe, welcoming, and supportive communi¬ties for refugees from around the world. 
 
 

Public Awareness
 
Holiday Stress (December 2015)
As the holiday season approaches, many of us look forward to spending time with family and friends and to sharing in the joys of the season. However, for people who have had a traumatic event, the holiday season may bring up negative feelings. Thinking about loved ones who have died is painful—particularly for those who have lost someone recently. Even for people who have not been exposed to trauma, the holidays can be a stressful time. Besides the stressors of buying gifts, travel expenses and hassles, and family interactions, winter’s short days and lack of sunlight can trigger bouts of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A 2008 poll on holiday stress conducted by the American Psychological Association found that eight out of ten Americans an-ticipate stress during the holiday season. The APA's 2012 Stress in America survey found that 69 percent of Americans attribute their stress to money-related concerns and 61 percent attributed stress to the economy. To help people cope with grief, stress, and depression during the holiday season, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers the following resources for educators, families, and mental health professionals.
 
 

Noteworthy Resources
 
NCJFCJ Launches National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has launched the National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships. This website serves as a “one-stop shop” for resources, training, and technical assistance to help school-justice partnerships realize positive school discipline reforms and reduce the school-to-juvenile justice pathway. The resource center will provide information on the following: 
  • Evidence-based practices 
  • Alternatives to arrest and formal court processing, including effective diversion models for youth with behavioral health needs 
  • Applications of current research  
NCJFCJ’s core partners on this project include the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ), the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
 
 
Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve
The Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri would like you to join woodland creatures Hunter the fox and Eve the owl in their forest adventures as they learn steps to stay safe, keep calm, solve problems, and more! In the latest episode, Keeping Calm, Eve teaches Hunter how to use controlled breathing to calm his body and reduce his fears.
 
 
 
On the Learning Center
 
New RPC Blog Post! 
Anne Kagi—Network Liaison at the National Center at Duke—has posted the first blog on the Resource Parent Cur-riculum site: Your First RPC Training: Foundational Steps to Ensure Success. Ms. Kagi says, “In this blog, we share the experiences and lessons learned from those who have begun the RPC journey.” For her initial entry, Ms. Kagi has interviewed Amy Bielawski-Branch and Laurie Brown who held their first RPC workshop at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2014. Ms. Kagi highlights the organizational efforts Bielawski-Branch and Brown made prior to the training and shares reflections offered by participants. 
 
 
New RPC Podcast!
The Emotional Container in Real Life
In this brief podcast, Resource Parent Diane Lanni gives an example of how she remained calm and became “an emotional container” when her teenage son grew agitated and angry. Her story shows how it is possible to understand behavior through a trauma lens, react in a way that gives a child what he or she needs, and then later teach skills so the child can ultimately manage his or her emotions rather than forever relying on caregivers to be that emotional container.
 
 

Upcoming Webinars
 
Understanding the Complex Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Series
Assisting Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (11:00 am PT)
 
Presenters: Christopher Branson, PhD, New York University School of Medicine; Miriam Goodman, MSW, Center for Court Innovation 
 
This webinar will give an overview of current issues and challenges for law enforcement and the juvenile justice system in assisting children and adolescents who face commercial sexual exploitation. The presenters will discuss promising approaches and models currently used in New York, California, and other communities to identify, intervene with, and support this vulnerable population. Presenters will emphasize practical tips and resources to assist law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals in supporting their communities’ efforts to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
 
 
Health Care Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth: Challenges for Survivors and Medical Profes-sionals
 
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (9:00 am PST)
 
Presenters: Jordan Greenbaum, MD, Children’s Hospital Atlanta; Sharron Brown, Founder of Treasure Box International Network
 
Research and experience tell us that youth involved in commercial sexual exploitation seek medical care—for a variety of reasons. In this webinar, presenters will explore the common reasons for seeking care, as well as challenges to victim identification. They will examine how survivors may experience their health care visit and what medical professionals can do to best serve these youth. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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