Staying Safe While Staying Connected: Tips for Caregivers gives parents, family members, and other caregivers valuable information on teens and their use of social media. When caregivers know about the dangers of internet communication, they can give their teens the facts needed to stay safe. The factsheet covers “sexting” and the social and legal ramifications; the danger that apps can present; ways youth can protect their identity and personal information; recommendations about parental monitoring; and ways to keep communication open and support your teen if s/he is being cyberbullied.



What happens to families after separation from the military? If the service member has changed due to physical injury, traumatic loss, PTSD, depression and anxiety, or traumatic brain injury—costs of war borne also by spouses, children, and parents—the challenges of transition are intensified. To prepare mental health providers to assist veteran families in their transition to the community, we have posted the factsheet After Service: Veteran Families in Transition. Providers will find information about veteran families’ experiences, challenges, and opportunities that accompany their transition to civilian life and, in addition, a list of key questions to ask to new clients, questions not typically included in behavioral health screening.


Child Welfare has the mission of promoting child safety, wellbeing, and permanence through the provision of child-focused, family-based practice. Day-to-day, child welfare staff interact with people who have experienced trauma for years and often for generations. Given the nature of their work, child welfare staff are at very high risk of developing Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another person. If left unaddressed, STS can have negatively affect the ability of individuals and organizations to help children and families. Child welfare supervisors and administrators have the challenging task of developing and maintaining high-quality practice in a traumatogenic environment. The fact sheet Secondary Trauma and Child Welfare Staff: Guidance for Supervisors and Administrators provides information on how STS manifests itself in child welfare, the kinds of staff who are at risk for STS, and strategies for prevention and intervention STS.




April Public Awareness Observances
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is proud to observe several public awareness campaigns this month. Access resources on all of these topics on our website.

  • National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Alcohol Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Month of the Military Child
  • National Day of Silence (April 15, 2016)




Be On the Lookout for Our April Social Media Campaign
The NCTSN has launched a social media campaign to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Over the next several weeks our social media will be sprinkled with important facts and figures about Child Physical Abuse. If you have a FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Pinterest account, REPOST… RETWEET… & LIKE… all of our efforts to disseminate the wonderful NCTSN Products our Network has created. Let's get the word out about these important resources! Click to follow!




Behavioral Problems and Service Utilization in Children with Chronic Illnesses Referred for Trauma-Related Mental Health Services

Network members Holly Wilcox, Mark Rains, Harolyn Belcher, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Anne Kazak, Robert Lee, Ernestine Briggs, Tracy Bethel, Carrie Trunzo, and Lawrence Wissow have co-authored Behavioral Problems and Service Utilization in Children with Chronic Illnesses Referred for Trauma-Related Mental Health Services published in Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (Volume 37, Number 1). Children's exposure to traumatic experiences is of growing importance to pediatricians and other medical providers. As little is known, about the traumatic experiences profiles, trauma-related sequelae, and service use patterns of youth with chronic or recurrent medical problems/disabilities, the authors hope this study can fill this research gap. Authors recommend integrating trauma screening and mental health services into medical care, especially for children with chronic medical conditions.



Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System:
Initial Results of a Statewide Implementation

In their article Building Capacity for Trauma-Informed Care in the Child Welfare System: Initial Results of a Statewide Implementation in Child Maltreatment (Published online before print February 28, 2016, doi:10.1177/1077559516635273), authors Jason M. Lang, Kimberly Campbell, Paul Shanley, Cindy A. Crusto, and Christian M. Connell evaluated a statewide initiative in Connecticut. The results “indicated significant improvements in trauma-informed knowledge, practice, and collaboration across nearly all child welfare domains assessed, suggesting system-wide improvements in readiness and capacity to provide trauma-informed care.” Authors discuss lessons learned and recommendations for implementation and evaluation of trauma-informed care in child welfare and other child-serving systems.



BLOG: LGBTQ Youth and Law Enforcement

The OJP Diagnostic Center has posted a blog entry LGBTQ Youth and Law Enforcement by Dr. Meredith Dank of the Urban Institute discussing the OJJDP-funded report, “Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex.” The report describes the cycle of involvement in the juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child welfare systems affecting youth who engaged in survival sex and are self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men (YMSM); and young women who have sex with women (YWSW). The report found that more than 70 percent of LGBTQ youth had been arrested at least once, with some experiencing violence, abuse, and disrespect when interacting with law enforcement and system stakeholders. Dr. Dank calls for law enforcement to improve responses to LGBTQ youth through trauma-informed support, specific protocols for victims of trafficking, safe and supportive arrests, and proper shelter options. In addition, she details recommendations from study participants on how law enforcement, courts, and child welfare can better interact with LGBTQ youth, including LGBTQ sensitivity and cultural competency training.



NEW Resource Parent Curriculum Podcasts!

Hear Beth Barto, LMHC, Director of Quality Assurance at LUK, Inc., in a 20-minute podcast interview with NCTSN Affiliate Member Frank Bennett, PhD. Over a two-year period, Barto and colleagues became comfortable with delivering the curriculum to clinicians as well as resource parents. Keeping in mind their own experience and wishing to assure sustainability of the training, they developed a Learning Community to introduce the training to selected applicants. Barto describes the process of using RPC Learning Center resources, assigning pre-work, and conducting practice sessions to increase facilitators’ comfort with delivering curriculum. She also shares recommendations for those who wish to “scale up” the process and conduct a Learning Community of their own.



NEW Resource Parent Curriculum Post!

Amy Bouldin, MSW—Program Manager for Resource Parent Training at the Child Welfare Academy, University of Maryland in Baltimore—conducts 80 one-session resource parent trainings a year. In her 11-minute podcast on the Resource Parent Curriculum site, Bouldin talks to NCTSN Affiliate Member Frank Bennett, PhD., about the unique features of conducting a four-session RPC during an NCTSN research evaluation project. Bouldin also shares positive outcomes that her group reported and suggests key elements for others considering conducting the RPC training.