Partnership merges professional and lived expertise to achieve more successful and meaningful outcomes of care—outcomes defined by all members of the relationship. Partnership requires mutual respect, a common commitment to healing, and shared responsibilities for planning, selecting, participating in, and evaluating trauma services and supports. It is not enough for the provider simply to ask a family for feedback on a questionnaire or in focus groups; nor is it enough for families to rely on the provider to be the “sole expert” and authority on the course of services. 

The Partnering with Youth and Family (PWYF) Committee strives to promote partnerships among trauma-informed service providers and the youth, families, and caregivers receiving services. Please visit the PWYF pages to learn why partnership is vital to trauma-informed care, to read how partnership informs SAMHSA’s Key Principles of trauma-informed care, to discover how sharing stories helps build trusting partnerships, and to find partnership resources from the NCTSN.


Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System

Children who come to the attention of the juvenile justice system are a challenging and underserved population. Among the resources the NCTSN has developed to help juvenile justice professionals understand and provide trauma-focused services to these youth is the Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System. The eight elements discussed include Trauma-Informed Policies and Procedures, Identification/Screening of Youth Who Have Been Traumatized, Clinical Assessment/Intervention for Trauma-Impaired Youth, Trauma-Informed Programming and Staff Education, Prevention and Management of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), Trauma-Informed Partnering with Youth and Families, Trauma-Informed Cross System Collaboration, and Trauma-Informed Approaches to Address Disparities and Diversity.

We invite you to share these fact sheets and other resources with your juvenile justice partners, community leaders, policy makers, teachers, parents, and families. For more information, contact Jane Halladay Goldman, director of the Service Systems Program.



May Public Awareness Observances

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is proud to observe the following public awareness campaigns this month. Access resources on these topics on our website.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 5, 2016 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Here are several highlights and ways to participate:

  • Tune into Awareness Day Live! on May 5 at 7 p.m. (EDT). Watch the live webcast and participate in the onstage discussion via digital or social media using the hashtag #HeroesofHope.
  • Join the social media conversation using the hashtag #HeroesofHope. Use the hashtag to share your perspectives before, during, and on Awareness Day and throughout the month of May.
  • Participate in Awareness Day 2016 conversation! Go to Text, Talk, Act to get involved!

May is National Foster Care Month

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has resources for birth parents, resource parents (i.e., foster care, kinship care providers, and adoptive parents), youth, and child welfare and mental health professionals. Find information to advocate for and address the needs of children and adolescents in foster care regarding mental health treatment and permanency planning, along with help for older foster care youth transitioning to independence.



NCTSN Social Media Campaign

Be On the Lookout for Our Social Media Campaign for the Month of May
The NCTSN is launching a social media campaign to promote National Foster Care Month. Over the next several weeks, tune in to our social media for facts and figures about the challenges and triumphs of children and youth in foster care. Wherever you spend your time on social media—Facebook, TwitterInstagram, or Pinterest—REPOST & RETWEET & LIKE all our efforts to disseminate the NCTSN products we have created together. Let's get out the word on these valuable resources! Click to follow!




NCTSN members Judy Cohen and Tony Mannarino are authors of Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Traumatized Children and Families published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24(3), 557-570.


Network members Anne Jacobs and Betty Pfefferbaum published The Use of Debriefing with Children in Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(6), 40.


Joan Kaufman begins her book Broken Three Times: A Story of Child Abuse in America (Oxford University Press 2016) with snapshots of a mother's abusive childhood, then fast-forwards to her family's first involvement with Connecticut protective services when her children are eleven and ten. After a brief investigation, the family's case is closed and, despite their many needs, they are not provided links to ongoing supportive services. Over the next five years, the children pass through nearly twenty placements, while their mother continually relapses on crack and moves from one violent relationship to the next.

This book provides readers with information about innovations and recent improvements in the system, concrete steps to take to enhance practice, ongoing gaps in our knowledge, and a deepening appreciation of the value of incorporating broad perspectives into this work--from neurobiology to social policy.

John Fairbank, Co-Director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress states, "Kaufman seamlessly links her authentic, compelling, and riveting case history of one family's journey through the US child welfare system to the underlying research in neuroscience, epidemiology, and evidence-based practice. I highly recommend this powerful clinical, scientific, and policy page-turner to all concerned with improving services for children and families who have experienced trauma." 



May 11 9am Pacific/10am Mountain/11am Central/12pm Eastern

Going the Distance: The Journey of Three Organizations' Implementation of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit

In this webinar, Liz Sharda, LMSW, Independent Trainer/ Consultant’ Monte Ephraim, LCSW-C, Director of Professional Development and Training, Board Child Care; and, Rene’ Ledford, MSW, LCSW, BCBA, Director of Behavior Health Quality, Children’s Home Society of Florida will share how the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) has been implemented in three different states by non-profit organizations, in partnership with their child welfare jurisdictions.

June 1 Wednesday, June 1st at 9am Pacific/10am Mountain/11am Central/12pm Eastern

Helping a Family with Traumatic Stress when a Child has Cancer

The NCTSN Integrated Care Collaborative Group is pleased to announce the first webinar in its new series, Integrated Care Approaches to Traumatic Stress in Children with Chronic Health Conditions. In this first webinar in the series, psychologist Anne Kazak will be joined by oncologist Eric Sandler and parents Vicki and Peter Brown to discuss an integrated approach to recognizing and responding to child and family traumatic stress when children have cancer. They will explore the impact of the diagnoses and treatment on the child and family, discuss cultural considerations that may intersect with a family’s response, and describe their approach for assessing, managing and treating traumatic stress.