Testifying in Court about Trauma: Following the Hearing

The last fact sheet in this series focuses on follow-through—for clinicians, clients, and their caregivers—after the court process. Because testifying in court can be a difficult and stressful experience for clients and their caregivers, clinician’s should follow up with them, to support them and give them the opportunity to ask questions. Clinicians must keep in mind that testifying can be indirectly traumatizing and that they should seek out strategies to prevent secondary traumatic stress.

Public Awareness


Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January 2017)

The populations most vulnerable to human trafficking include undocumented immigrants; runaway and homeless youth; victims of trauma and abuse; refugees and individuals fleeing conflict; and oppressed, marginalized, and impoverished groups and individuals. In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the NCTSN website has added new resources for mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, and survivors on the signs of trafficking and services for human trafficking survivors.


NEW RPC Online Webinar
Using the Video ReMoved with Resource Parents

If you have participated in an RPC workshop and want a deeper understanding of the real life implications of being removed from one’s home and entering the foster care system or if you give workshops and would like a way to bring some of the concepts to life, we suggest watching this 30-minute webinar by Beth Barto, LMHC, CEO of LUK, Inc. Beth finds that showing Removed gives foster parents “a vivid picture of what it must be like" for children entering the foster care system. She says that the video facilitates “a much more emotional connection to the material in the curriculum by exposing [viewers] to experiences of foster children from a child's perspective.” 

Resources for Training Child Welfare Professionals on Trauma

If you have not visited the Special Topics course on the Learning Center for the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, check it out at http://learn.nctsn.org/course/view.php?id=25. This resource includes all the Toolkit materials for download or purchase and a wealth of tools to assist in training and implementation:

  • Train-the-Trainer Videos (now available for all 14 Toolkit Modules)—Experienced Toolkit trainers provide summaries for each Toolkit module.
  • Tips from Experienced Trainers—Trainers provide training tips, activities, and additional resources for each Toolkit module.
  • Trauma Tips Newsletters—One-page newsletters for each Essential Element of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System can be used to introduce professionals to the Essential Elements and/or to promote sustainability of trauma-informed practices after training.
  • Implementation Resources—You will find resources for pre-training planning, screening and assessment, implementation models and approaches, and sustainability.
  • Webinars
    • The Revised Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit: What's New in Version 2?
    • Going the Distance: Implementing the Trauma Training Toolkit in Three Organizations (Continuing Education)
  • Experienced Trainer Application—If you have extensive experience training on the Toolkit, you can apply to become an Experienced Toolkit Trainer.
  • Experienced Trainer Directory—Use the map identifying Experienced Toolkit Trainers around the country to contact an Experienced Trainer in your vicinity.
  • Coming Soon—The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit Planning Tool
    • Trainers and child welfare administrators can use this training preparation resource to support planning implementation and promote sustainability of trauma-informed practices.

For more information, please contact Isaiah Pickens at IPickens@mednet.ucla.edu or Alison Hendricks at ahendricksconsulting@gmail.com

New ARC Framework Website!

This new website is designed to provide you—the family, practitioner, provider agency, and community member—with the resources to better understand the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework, along with helpful information about traumatic stress and adversity and resilience and health. The site is divided into categories to support your navigation; however, parents may find useful information on the provider page and agencies may find useful information on the child and adolescent page.


C. Brockman, J. Snyder, A. Gewirtz, S. Gird, J. Quattlebaum, N. Schmidt, D. DeGarmo, and others have co-authored Relationship of Service Members' Deployment Trauma, PTSD symptoms, and Experiential Avoidance to Postdeployment Family Reengagement in the Journal of Family Psychology, (Volume 30, Issue 1). Authors examined the association between military service members' trauma exposure, PTSD symptoms, and experiential avoidance and observed levels of positive social engagement, social withdrawal, reactivity-coercion, and distress avoidance during postdeployment family interaction. One hundred and eighty-four service members with partners and at least one child between 4 and 13 years of age who were deployed to the Middle East participated in the study. Trained observers assessed service members' positive engagement, social withdrawal, reactivity-coercion, and distress avoidance, as well as spouse and child negative affect and behavior. Service members' experiential avoidance was reliably associated with less observed positive engagement and more observed withdrawal and distress avoidance after controlling for spouse and child negative affect and behavior during ongoing interaction. Service members' experiential avoidance also diminished significant associations between service members' PTSD symptoms and their observed behavior. Authors discuss the results in terms of how service members' psychological acceptance promotes family resilience and adaption to the multiple contextual challenges and role transitions associated with military deployment. In addition, authors describe the implications for parenting and marital interventions.
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E. Deblinger, E. Pollio, and S. Dorsey are authors of Applying Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Group Format published in Child Maltreatment (Volume 21, Issue 1). TF-CBT, a well-established, evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced trauma, has been increasingly utilized in a group format. Group therapy formats are appealing because they can be highly effective and have the potential to reach larger numbers of clients. Moreover, TF-CBT group delivery may be particularly valuable in reducing the feelings of shame, isolation, and stigma experienced by youth and their caregivers in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Authors review the group TF-CBT research, discuss the therapeutic benefits of TF-CBT therapy groups, and provide clinical and logistical guidance for implementing TF-CBT in a group format, including a session-by-session protocol. Authors also discuss future directions for research and clinical work in this area.






This project was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.