New Juvenile Justice Resource!

The NCTSN National Juvenile Probation Officer Survey

The court system is a common entry point for youth who have experienced trauma and are in need of treatment services. Probation is the most frequently used community-based court order for lower level offenders. Probation helps keep justice-involved youth living in their communities—attending their schools, and working at their jobs—with the intent of preventing more serious delinquent behavior and the use of harsher consequences, e.g., out-of-home placement. In essence, the probation officer serves as the court’s eyes and ears while the youth is involved in the justice system. Network members asked probation departments to participate in the NCTSN Justice Consortium’s 2013 national survey to ascertain what Probation Officers know about trauma, how best we could collaborate with them, and what products they would like the NCTSN to produce to meet their needs with respect to trauma-informed practices.
The results are in!



New Spotlights on Culture!

The NCTSN views enhancing cultural competence as essential to furthering our mission of increasing access to and improving the standard of care for traumatized children, families, and communities across the nation. Our perspective is that—to be most effective—an organization should infuse cultural awareness, sensitivity, and understanding throughout the operations at every level. To promote awareness of the intersection of culture and trauma and the implementation of culturally competent care, we offer a variety of resources, including our Spotlight on Culture series. We have just added five new Spotlights!

  1. Data Collection Offers Opportunities for Unpacking the Refugee Experience
  2. Trauma and Mental Health Needs of Immigrant Minors, Part One
  3. Trauma and Mental Health Needs of Immigrant Minors, Part Two
  4. Racial Disparities in Juvenile Justice Call for Holistic Approach
  5. At Intersection of Trauma and Disabilities: A New Toolkit for Providers



Culture and Trauma Series
Celebrating World Refugee Day:
Refugee Experiences and Improving Services

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 AM PDT / 12:00 to 1:30 PM EDT

Presenters: Molly Benson, PhD, Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Saida Abdi, LICSW MSW, Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

The presenters will share current information about refugee arrivals in the US and refugee mental health needs and best practices. They will discuss how host communities/service providers need to take trauma and loss into consideration as they support refugees. Presenters will discuss refugee core stressors and highlight the importance of creating trauma-informed, culturally accessible services. Additionally, they will utilize Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) as an example of an intervention specifically tailored to address the needs of refugees.

PODCASTS for Parents:

Karla Johnston-Krase, MDiv, has created podcasts to support parents whose birth or adoptive children have experienced trauma, displacement, or adverse childhood events. A birth and an adoptive parent, she advocates for self-care, helping others find practical ways to create more ease and joy in life. In the podcast 5-Minute Relaxation parents will find an effective tool to reduce stress by taking 5 minutes (or even less) in the day to notice their breathing so they can “de-stress,” be more present in the moment, and “take charge and recharge.”


In the podcast Transitions, Ms. Johnston-Krase guides listeners through an exercise that is great for transitions. Useful for staff, parents, or facilitators in RPC classes Transitions is easy to use. Listen on your own or in a facilitated group setting.

New Toolkit:
Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center (Yale)—with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, and the US Department of Justice—has launched the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement. This new toolkit provides practical interventions and resources to assist law enforcement agencies (with or without a mental health partner) in building or enhancing effective operational responses to children exposed to violence. This toolkit contains four areas of intervention targeted to police leaders and frontline officers: informational, operational protocols, assessment tools, and operational tools.


New Article:
KVC's Bridging the Way Home:
An Innovative Approach to the Application of Trauma Systems Therapy in Child Welfare

The Bridging the Way Home Initiative, funded by the Anne E. Casey Foundation and conducted under the auspices of KVC Kansas (KVC) in Kansas, presents implementation study findings from a large-scale evaluation of an intervention model for children in foster care, aimed to improve care within the services system. The study focused on how effectively Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) was integrated into the full continuum of care (with clinical and non-clinical providers and foster parents) at KVC, an organization that provides out-of-home care to children served by the Kansas Department for Children and Families in the Kansas City Metropolitan and East Kansas regions. Authors found the process of implementing and expanding TST demanding, iterative, and complex, yet ultimately TST was implemented across levels. The majority of staff and foster parents completed training in TST; fidelity measures showed progress in TST use over time. KVC's implementation of TST provided both the knowledge and the tools necessary for foster parents to better care for the children in their homes. KVC's efforts show it is possible to infuse trauma-informed care into a large child welfare organization across all levels of care.


New Article:
Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems and Children's Well-Being:
A Longitudinal Evaluation of KVC's Bridging the Way Home Initiative

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a system-wide reform effort to implement trauma-informed care (Trauma Systems Therapy [TST]) across a large, private child welfare system. The longitudinal associations among implementation of TST and measures of children's well-being (functioning, emotional regulation, and behavioral regulation) and placement stability were examined. Results indicate that, as children's care teams implement TST, children demonstrate greater improvements in functioning, emotional regulation, and behavioral regulation, and they experience increased placement stability. Moreover, results demonstrate that positive effects of implementation of TST are produced by both those who work closely with the child (caregivers, case managers, and therapists) and those who work more distally with the child (case manager supervisors and family service coordinators), suggesting that no one staff member or caregiver is central to providing trauma-informed care; rather it may be the confluence of the TST skills of the child's entire care team that produces better outcomes.

19th Annual National Training Seminar
Military & Veteran Children: Constellation of Strengths and Challenges
Monday, July 31, 2017 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Pre-Conference Event Hosted by the NCTSN and USO

Our Military Children Are Our Stars: Mapping a Constellation of Military Child Resources
Engage and learn from program leads of major organizations that address the social, emotional, or academic needs of military and veteran-connected children. Panelists and presenters will discuss ways in which they share resources to support the psychological well-being of military children and families. Hear from experts about ways to create a successful marketing and social media campaign to support these individuals and measure your results!

Expert Speakers:
Colonel Stephen Cozza—State of Understanding and Support for Military Children
Dr. Kelly Blasko—Dissemination of Health Resources to Military Children through Clinical Care
Cicely Burrows-McElwain—Federal Interagency Efforts to Serve Military and Veteran Families

To learn more and register visit:




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.