Policy Brief:
Understanding and Addressing Trauma and Child Sex Trafficking

The NCCTS Policy Program is announcing the release of a new NCTSN Policy Brief, entitled Understanding and Addressing Trauma and Child Sex Trafficking. The new brief provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of child sex trafficking and its relationship to child trauma, as well as policy-relevant and child trauma-focused recommendations to assist them in their response to child sex trafficking. This resource was developed by the NCCTS Policy Program and Dr. Kelly Kinnish (Georgia Center for Child Advocacy), with support from the NCTSN Policy Task Force. This resource is part of a series of policy briefs being developed by the NCCTS Policy Program, the NCTSN Policy Task Force, and other key NCTSN partners. For additional information, please contact NCCTS Policy Program Director, Dr. Diane Elmore Borbon.



RPC Podcast New Episode
How Fostering Can Positively Impact Birth Children

Foster Parent and NCTSN Member, Diane Lanni, interviews her adult birth daughter about being a child of foster parents. It is a common theme heard during RPC classes that resource families worry about the negative impact that bringing children with trauma histories into their home will have on their birth children. In this podcast, Meghan Lanni shares the many ways being part of a foster home actually increased her comfort when transitioning to college, nurtured her enjoyment of diversity, taught her flexibility and resilience when tackling the tasks of adulthood, and helped her become a more compassionate community member. She offers honest insights into some of the challenges of translating the experience to friends and family.


Developmental Trauma Disorder Series:
Identifying Critical Moments and Healing Complex Trauma

In late October, the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders (DTD) and NCTSN launched the Developmental Trauma Disorder Series entitled Identifying Critical Moments and Healing Complex Trauma with its first webinar: Helping an Angry Father Find Common Ground with His Son.

In each webinar in the series, viewers see actual therapists demonstrate how to handle some of the most difficult crises that occur in therapy with traumatized children and families (played by actors).


Webinar 2 in DTD Series
Reconnecting a Family Torn Apart by Violence and Addiction

Date: Thursday December 7 @ 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT

In Webinar 2 of the DTD series, a family is required to seek therapy after the parents get in a physical altercation while intoxicated. During a family therapy session with their teenage children, a father learns from his wife that she is questioning her gender identity. This discovery challenges the co-therapy team to balance the needs of each family member during the heated confrontation that follows. The team must find a way to keep the family emotionally safe as the father—feeling betrayed and confused—reacts in anger.




New Webinar in Childhood Traumatic Grief Series
Supporting Military Children with Traumatic Grief

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT

Presenters: Zaneta M. Gileno, LCSW, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; Robin Goodman, Ph.D., ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito; Judith Cohen, M.D., Allegheny Health Network; Kate, Military Survivor

During both peace and conflict, children with parents in the military face unique military related stressors. Military children may develop childhood traumatic grief following the death of caregiver from combat or non-combat situations. In collaboration with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), this presentation will provide an overview of issues specific to military culture and family life, describe two models for treating military children with traumatic grief, and will highlight a military consumer voice.



New Course
Learning Series on Implementation

The NCTSN has learned a lot through the development of products that increase access to and quality of care, by spreading treatments and best practices in training and system change efforts, and more recently, regular gatherings of implementation experts working at all levels of child trauma treatment and care. This series focuses on three different and critical components to effective implementation – the framework, readiness preparation, and sustainability.

The Learning Series defines and illustrates important aspects of implementation through a series of presentations and real-life examples. Speakers cover foundational concepts in implementation, readiness preparation, and sustainability for a multitude of audiences including intermediary agencies, those leading implementation efforts, Evidence-Based Treatment (EBT) and Practice (EBP) adopters, and those supporting implementation efforts at the ground-level.

New TED Talk:
Human Trafficking—Stop the Silence

A network member wrote to us about this resource, suggesting that it could be a valuable educational tool for use with a variety of audiences. Catalleya Storm, a survivor of trafficking and abuse, presents a 10 minute TEDxTalk aimed at raising awareness about trafficking. In the brief presentation, Storm challenges several notions that many hold about trafficking, including for example, the prevalent belief that perpetrators always kidnap their victims. Many, as in Storm’s case, slowly work to build the trust of their victims through “grooming.” Storm is now dedicated to abolishing trafficking through dialogue “by changing our language, our attitude, and our perspective on what it means to be involved in combating human trafficking.” There are many aspects to the youth’s story that have been explored within the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) committees of the NCTSN; however, hearing them from a youth’s perspective really drives home the message.


Archived Webinar:
Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care
Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters

Primary care providers promote children’s mental health and well-being throughout the recovery process following hurricanes. Disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria can cause short and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Additionally, disasters often affect healthcare providers to the same degree they impact others in the community, and tending to suffering children and families can be distressing for providers. During this webinar, clinicians will learn about common adjustment difficulties in children, practical strategies to promote effective coping skills in children and their parents, and self-care strategies to address the needs of primary care providers. If you missed the October 26, 2017 webinar presented by the CDC, you can still view the presentation and earn CE credits.


New Book:
Trauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems

Virginia Strand and Ginny Sprang have edited a comprehensive reference, Trauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems (Springer 2018), which offers a framework for introducing and sustaining trauma-responsive services and culture in child welfare systems. Organized around concepts of safety, permanency, and well-being, chapters describe innovations in child protection, violence prevention, foster care, and adoption services to reduce immediate effects of trauma on children and improve long-term development and maturation. Foundations and interventions for practice include collaborations with families and community entities, cultural competency, trauma-responsive assessment and treatment, promoting trauma-informed parenting, and, when appropriate, working toward reunification of families. The book’s chapters on agency culture also address staffing, supervisory, and training issues, planning and implementation, and developing a competent, committed, and sturdy workforce.

Topics covered include the following: (1) Trauma-informed family engagement with resistant clients; (2) Introducing evidence-based trauma treatment in preventive services; (3) Working with resource parents for trauma-informed foster care; (4) Use of implementation science principles in program development for sustainability; (5) Trauma informed and secondary traumatic stress informed organizational readiness assessments; and (6) Caseworker training for trauma practice and building worker resiliency.


New Article:
Parent Perspectives from Participating in a Family Component for CBITS: Acceptability of a Culturally Informed School-Based Program

C. D. Santiago, A. K. Fuller, J. M. Lennon, and S. H. Kataoka have co-authored Parent Perspectives from Participating in a Family Component for CBITS: Acceptability of a Culturally Informed School-Based Program, published in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, (2016). This study explores parents' responses to a family component developed as an addition to the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). The family component was developed to improve engagement and participation in CBITS and to support parents' own skill-building. To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the family component from the perspective of parents who participated, qualitative interviews were conducted with 15 low-income, Latino parents (80% female; 80% immigrants; average age = 38.07). Themes emerged across 3 primary categories: (1) Need for CBITS + Family; (2) Results of Participating in CBITS + Family; and (3) Implications for Feasibility. Parents agreed that there was a need for programs like CBITS and expressed a firm belief in the importance of parental involvement with their children and schools. Parents reported a high level of satisfaction with the family component and indicated that it was beneficial to them, culturally relevant, and that they would recommend it to others. Still, some logistical barriers to participation and areas for improvement were noted. Overall, the results of this study indicate that CBITS + Family is an appropriate, acceptable, and feasible intervention for Latino families. Supplemental data from children whose parents participated in the program provide further support for the value of the family component. Clinical implications for implementing culturally sensitive, school-based interventions with parents are discussed.


New Article:
Veterans' Perceptions of the Impact of PTSD on Their Parenting and Children

M. D. Sherman, J. L. Gress Smith, K. Straits-Troster, J. L. Larsen, and A. Gewirtz have authored Veterans' Perceptions of the Impact of PTSD on Their Parenting and Children, published in Psychological Services, (2016). Although considerable research has examined the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on couples and partners, relatively little is known about how it can affect parenting, children, and the parent–child relationship. Although adverse effects of parental PTSD on child functioning have been documented, the processes by which these outcomes occur are unknown. Further, parents’ perspectives of how their PTSD affects parenting and children have yet to be studied. This 3-site, mixed methods exploratory study included 19 veteran parents who had a diagnosis of PTSD. Participants were recruited from Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. Veterans participated in focus groups or individual interviews and completed questionnaires, responding to questions about the impact of PTSD on their functioning as parents. Two sets of themes emerged from the qualitative inquiry. First, veterans reported parenting difficulties that were associated with three PTSD symptom clusters, including avoidance, alterations in arousal and reactivity, and negative alterations of cognitions and mood. Second, veterans described both emotional (e.g., hurt, confusion, frustration, fear) and behavioral (e.g., withdrawal, mimicking parents’ behavior) reactions in their children. Veterans also shared numerous ways in which their children provided practical and emotional support. Implications of these findings for future research, program development, and clinical care are offered, including a free online parenting resource for veterans with PTSD based on this research.



TF-CBTWeb 2.0 is Coming!

January 1, 2018, is the date for the launching a new version of the online course, TF-CBTWeb 2.0. This is a brand new course that incorporates the most recent research-based adjustments to TF-CBT. It has several new modules, lots of new material, new training videos, and downloads. Because of the new course, the current version of TF-CBTWeb will be closing to new registrations on November 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.  and will cease operations on December 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

If you already have registered for the current course, or if you register before December 1, 2017, you will have until December 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. to complete it.  At that time, the current version will be closed down and no longer operational. If you do not complete the entire course prior to this time, all work will be lost and you will not receive a Certificate of Completion or CEUs. 

More information about TF-CBTWeb 2.0 will be coming out in the next few weeks!






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.