What's New

Check here for the Network's most recent products, website updates, and initiatives. Items are listed in the order they were released, with the newest items listed first.

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October- December 2014

NCTSN Website
Complex Trauma Fact Sheet Series & Complex Trauma Resource Webpage
Visit our new Complex Trauma Resource Webpage to find fact sheets, speaker series information, webinar notices, and other resources on complex trauma. Recent additions include fact sheets for Service Providers Working with Homeless Youth and Young Adults, for Shelter Staff Working with Homeless Children and Families, for Caregivers, and our newest edition for Educators.

Talking to Children about the Shooting
Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting
Tip Sheet for Youth Talking to Journalists about the Shooting
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters
Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters
Guiding Adults in Talking to Children about Death and Attending Services
Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals
Tips for Families on Addressing the Anniversary
Taking Care of Yourself
Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

NCTSN eBulletin
Events and resources on child trauma from the Network, and beyond.

NCTSN Resources
IMPACT Newsletter Fall/Winter 2014
Testifying in Court about Trauma: The Court Hearing


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July - September 2014

NCTSN eBulletin
Events and resources on child trauma from the Network, and beyond.

NCTSN Website
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence- informed skills-building intervention intended for survivors and responders who are exhibiting distress weeks to months after a disaster or emergency. SPR is intended to help survivors identify their most pressing current concerns and teach them the skills so they can better address those needs. The skills used in SPR include en-hancing problem-solving abilities, increasing positive activities, managing distressing reactions, promoting helpful thinking, and building healthy social connections. SPR can be conducted in one visit or ideally in multiple contacts in diverse settings.

NCTSN Affiliates: All Organizational Affiliate Sites now have updated descriptions and contact information search-able by state. We have also updated our Affiliated Professionals section where you can find the roster of affiliates previously associated with a funded NCTSN partner site who wish to remain connected to, and active with, the Network. We will keep this section current, even as the status of sites changes and individuals make career moves.

Spotlight on Culture Online Library
The ongoing Spotlight on Culture series, sponsored by the Culture Consortium, is published in the quarterly IMPACT newsletter. The series aims to raise awareness across the Network about issues involving the intersection between culture and trauma and addresses such issues as cultural and linguistic awareness, sensitivity, and understanding which, we believe, need to be infused throughout every level of an organization to be most effective.

NCTSN Resources
Helping Youth After Community Violence Trauma: Tips for Educators (2014) (PDF)
Available for downloading: the Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators fact sheet. Traumatic events, such as a natural disaster, school violence, or the traumatic death of a peer or educator, can affect students’ learning, behavior, and re-lationships. The tipsheet lists common reactions educators might see in the students with whom they work and suggestions on how they may help.

Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors
Not only during their journey but also on arriving at their destination, immigrant youth experience traumatic events related to war or persecution, abuse, trafficking, and violence which may affect their mental and physical health. If you are working with youth who have found their way to the States without the presence of a caregiver, we hope you will find this page beneficial. We will add more resources as they become available.

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April - June 2014

NCTSN Resources

Helping Military Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Parents
This resource offers information on how children dealing with trauma and grief responses may feel and how you can help them.

Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
This resource describes how teens may feel when struggling with the death of someone close and what caregivers can do to help.

NCTSN eBulletin
Events and resources on child trauma from the Network, and beyond.

NCTSN Website
Families and Trauma Webpage!
The Family Systems Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage on the NCTSN website focused on the family. On this webpage you will find content that defines the impact of trauma from a family systems perspective and links to a wide range of resources to create family-informed responses to trauma exposure and intervention.

Military and Veteran Families Webpage!
The NCTSN Military and Veteran Families Program proudly announces the recently updated Military and Veteran Families and Children webpage. On this website, you can access products and resources, including the recently released factsheet Working Effectively with Military Families: 10 Things Providers Should Know, as well as archived NCTSN Learning Center webinars and the Military Families Knowledge Bank.

Community Violence Webpage!

Our Community Violence Collaborative Group is proud to announce the Community Violence webpage! Access the community violence products: Violence Places, Dangerous Times: Does Community Violence Control Your Life?; Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times; and the Community and School Violence Reading List

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January - March 2014

NCTSN eBulletin
Events and resources on child trauma from the Network, and beyond.

NCTSN Resources
Working Effectively with Military Families: 10 Key Concepts All Providers Should Know. This brief tip sheet outlines the top ten things to keep in mind when working with military families and, for each key con¬cept, includes links to additional information.

Effectively Communicating with Policymakers and Key Stakeholders about Child Trauma and the NCTSN: A Guide for NCTSN Members and Partners. This brief one-page factsheet offers strategies for fostering effective communication with stakeholders on such topics as identifying your social policy issues;  developing an effective change strategy; identifying your policymakers and scheduling meetings; appreciating the role of policy staff; and pre-, mid, and post-visit considerations.

Helping Military Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Educators offers information on how children dealing with trauma and grief responses may feel and how you can help them.

Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers outlines how children struggling with the death of someone close may feel and what you can do to help.

Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers gives ideas on what school-age children with traumatic grief may think and ways you can help.

New Resource for Providers on Working with LGBTQ Youth

The NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse Collaborative Group has published a 7-page tip sheet which mental health practitioners will find invaluable in their work with LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse: Information for Mental Health Professionals provides a short glossary of relevant terms; a chart delineating the continuums of sex, gender, and sexual orientation; brief summaries of issues concerning LGBTQ youth and their parents related to sexual orientation and sexual abuse; a table of common myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ youth and sexual abuse; recommendations for practitioners and agencies on counseling LGBTQ youth; and guidance in treating LGBTQ youth following sexual abuse.

Understanding Child Trauma and the NCTSN (2014) (PDF)

The Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement Stability: Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) focused on developing and implementing trauma-informed child welfare practices that would increase the probability that children who need out-of-home placement remain in a sin¬gle, appropriate, and stable home whenever possible. This BSC included nine teams from around the coun¬try, each representing a partnership between the public child welfare agency and a mental health agency or organization that provides evidence-based interventions for child trauma to children in foster care. Each team included administrators, supervisors, case workers, clinicians, a birth parent, a foster parent, and, on occasion, youth. These teams worked together from October 2010 through September 2012 to test, imple¬ment, and sustain trauma-informed strategies and practices that showed promise in improving placement stability. The following materials describe the results of their work, highlighting the trauma-informed practic¬es they developed and adapted.

  • Executive Summary —A brief summary of the Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Im¬prove Placement Stability Breakthrough Series Collaborative
  • Practice Cards —Cards describing practices tested throughout the Using Trauma-Informed Child Wel¬fare Practice to Improve Placement Stability Breakthrough Series Collaborative, which teams found promising in improving placement stability for children in foster care. Cards provide an overview and rationale for each strategy, practices tested, demonstrations of promise, and pilot location.
  • Full Report —The full report, on the Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Place¬ment Stability Breakthrough Series Collaborative: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned, provides detailed information on (a) the need for this work; (b) the project background and overview; (c) key strat¬egies and promising practices related to knowledge building and developing practice; trauma-informed mental health screening and assessment; case planning and management; externally delivered trauma-informed service; and partnerships among child welfare systems and cross-system collaboration; (d) challenges and lessons learns; (e) overall recommendations for testing and implementing trauma-informed promising practices to improve placement stability; and (e) opportunities for the future.
  • Appendices —The appendices to this report contain (a) articles pertinent to this BSC, (b) list of faculty, (c) briefs from outside experts, (c) the Collaborative Change Framework that guided the BSC, and (d) resources created by the teams as they implemented trauma-informed strategies.

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