NCTSN Nominated for a Change Maker Award! Vote to Help Us Win!

The NCSTN is one of five finalists for a 2018 Child Mind Institute Change Maker Outstanding Organization Award.

The Child Mind Institute Change Maker Awards celebrate those who are raising awareness, improving care, and transforming how we treat mental health and learning disorders. 

THE WINNER of the Outstanding Organization Award is determined through CROWD-SOURCED VOTING. 

We Need Your Vote!  It takes less than a minute and would really help increase recognition and visibility of all the hard work being done by the NCTSN!
Voting opens on March 7 (today!) and concludes on March 23.

Please forward to your institutions, friends, and colleagues to spread the word!

The Child Mind Institute recognizes some of the most prestigious organizations and individuals working to increase understanding about and treatment of kids with mental health and learning disorders. Awards will be given at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan on May 7 at 6:30pm.    



Trauma-Informed Integrated Care for Children and Families in Healthcare Settings

The NCCTS Policy Program is announcing the release of a new NCTSN Policy Brief, entitled Trauma-Informed Integrated Care for Children and Families in Healthcare Settings. The new brief provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of trauma-informed integrated care and policy-relevant and child trauma-focused recommendations to assist them in their response to issues concerning child trauma and healthcare. This resource was developed by the NCCTS Policy Program and Dr. Sarah Ostrowski-Delahanty (Akron Children’s Hospital), with support from the NCTSN Policy Task Force and the NCTSN Integrated Care Collaborative Group. 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, Diane Elmore Borbon.


Glossary of Terms Related to Trauma-Informed, Integrated Healthcare

The NCTSN Integrated Care Collaborative Group has compiled a brief four-page glossary that will help those working in integrated healthcare to become more trauma-informed. This handy glossary organizes terms into four areas: Terms to Describe the Event (such as psychological trauma and physical trauma); Terms to Describe a Reaction/Response (such as developmental trauma disorder and pediatric medical traumatic stress); Terms to Identify/Understand a Child/Youth’s Response (such as trauma screening and trauma-informed mental health assessment); and Terms Relating to Caring for Children and Families Who Have Experienced Trauma in Healthcare Settings (such as integrated care and trauma-informed integrated care).


New Webinar in the DTD Series:
Engaging a Sexually Traumatized Youth in Therapy

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: William Saltzman, PhD, Nathanson Family Resilience Center, UCLA Health; Glenn Saxe, MD, New York University; Cheryl Lanktree, PhD, Keck School of Medicine, USC; Moderated by Julian Ford, PhD, University of Connecticut

In this webinar, Adam a 15-year-old, is referred to therapy after several weeks of unexplained sickness. Adam has always excelled in school despite having been sexually abused by his soccer coach in his past. About a year ago, Adam’s grades and sports performance started to slip when an adult female tutor became sexually abusive and threatened him if he reported her. Adam was already seeing a therapist to work through his prior experiences with sexual abuse and as he attempts to end therapy he reveals the current sexual abuse for the first time.



New Book:
The Emotional Life of the Toddler

Alicia F. Lieberman is the author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, a detailed look into the varied and intense emotional life of children aged one to three. Anyone who has followed an active toddler around for a day knows that a child of this age is a whirlwind of explosive, contradictory, and ever-changing emotions. Dr. Lieberman offers an in-depth examination of toddlers’ emotional development, and illuminates how to help toddlers can develop into emotionally healthy children and adults. Hailed as “groundbreaking” by The Boston Globe on its initial publication in 1993, the new edition includes the latest research on this crucial stage of development.


New Article:
Maternal Interpersonal Trauma and Child Social-Emotional Development: An Intergenerational Effect

Alonzo Folger, Karen Putnam, Frank Putnam, James Peugh, Emily Eismann, Ting Sa, Robert Shapiro, Judith Van Ginkel, and Robert Ammerman authored Maternal Interpersonal Trauma and Child Social-Emotional Development: An Intergenerational Effect, which was published in 2017 in Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, (Volume 31, Issue 2). Evidence suggests that maternal interpersonal trauma can adversely affect offspring health, but little is known about potential transmission pathways. Authors investigated whether interpersonal trauma exposure had direct and indirect associations with offspring social-emotional development at 12-months of age in an at-risk, home visited population. They conducted a retrospective cohort study of 1172 mother-child dyads from a multi-site, early childhood home visiting program, examining the relationship between maternal interpersonal trauma, subsequent psychosocial mediators (maternal depressive symptoms, social support, and home environment) and the outcome of child social-emotional development. Authors concluded that maternal interpersonal trauma exposures can negatively impact child social-emotional development, acting in part through maternal psychosocial factors. Future research is needed to further elucidate the mechanisms of intergenerational risk.



New Article:
An Initial Application of a Biopsychosocial Framework to Predict Posttraumatic Stress following Pediatric Injury

Meghan Marsac, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Douglas Delahanty, Jeffrey Ciesla, Danielle Weiss, Keith Widaman, and Lamia Barakat, had their article An Initial Application of a Biopsychosocial Framework to Predict Posttraumatic Stress following Pediatric Injury published in 2017 in Health Psychology (Volume36, Issue 8). Each year millions of children suffer from unintentional injuries that result in poor emotional and physical health. This study examined selected biopsychosocial factors (i.e., child heart rate, peritrauma appraisals, early coping, trauma history) to elucidate their roles in promoting emotional recovery following injury. The study evaluated specific hypotheses that threat appraisals (global and trauma-specific) and coping would predict subsequent posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), that coping would mediate the association between early and later PTSS, and that heart rate would predict PTSS and appraisals would mediate this association. Authors studied 96 children hospitalized for injury and assessed them following injury (within 2 weeks, at 6-weeks, and at 12-weeks). Authors’ findings confirmed a role for threat appraisals and coping in the development of PTSS over the weeks following pediatric injury. Early appraisals and avoidant coping may be appropriate targets for prevention and early intervention. Future researchers should further explicate the utility of a biopsychosocial framework in predicting PTSS.


New Article:
The Role of Caregiver-Perpetrated Trauma and Child Placement Types
in Emotional, Behavioral, and Attachment Problems

Brittany Beyerlein, Ernestine Briggs, Rebecca Vivrette, Peter Theodore, Robert Lee are co-authors of The Role of Caregiver-Perpetrated Trauma and Child Placement Types in Emotional, Behavioral, and Attachment Problems published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma in 2018. Caregiver-perpetrated trauma (CPT) is associated with adverse consequences for youth, including out-of-home placement. Although promotion of kinship care placement has recently increased, effects on youth remain unclear. Authors compared the psychosocial functioning of 1107 CPT-exposed youth ages 2 to 18 across placement types using generalized mixed models. Youth remaining at home had increased somatization symptoms compared to kinship and foster care youth. Both out-of-home placement types had higher odds of attachment problems. PTSD symptoms varied, youth in kinship care had increased self-reported re-experiencing symptoms, while youth in foster care had elevated clinician-rated PTSD symptoms. Given the limited differences between kinship and foster care, studies should continue to delineate the impact of child placement type to inform child welfare policy.


Upcomming Event:
AF-CBT Training in May

Location: University Club, 123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Date: May 1-3, 2018
Presenter: Barbara Baumann, PhD

Attend a basic training session in AF-CBT, an evidence based, trauma-focused treatment designed to address family conflict, aggression, child behavior problems, and child physical abuse. Training will be conducted over 2.5 days of intensive instruction and roleplay. To enhance skill acquisition and use, the AF-CBT trainer will provide monthly consultation on clinical implementation. During the consultation period, the trainer gives detailed feedback on submitted session audio and will also be available for Q&A by e-mail. A half-day advanced training webinar will be held approximately 6 months after the initial training session. Participants also will have access to the trainee section of the AF-CBT website in order to take advantage of useful features such as assessment scoring applications, Spanish, English, and Korean handouts, and other helpful tools. To participate in this training, go to the website below, fill out the registration form, and provide the survey code “PGHSPRING18.”




2018 National CTTN Conference:
Treating Complex Trauma in Systems of Care

The Complex Trauma Treatment Network is holding its 2018 Conference on April 3-5, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV, at the Golden Nugget Resort. This 3-day conference includes sessions featuring experts in the assessment and treatment of complex trauma. Registration is free for current and prior members of SPARCS or ARC Learning Communities and $30 fee for non-members. The CTTN is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.





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.