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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April - June 2014

NCTSN Resources
Helping Military Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Parents 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 outlines how teens struggling with the death of someone close may feel and what you can do to help.

Resources in Response to the Franklin Regional High School Incident
For Schools:

For Parents and Caregivers:

For Youth and Families Who Were Injured:


Resources in Response to the Fort Hood Shooting

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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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October - December 2013

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

NCTSN resources

Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System Brief Series
The National Center is pleased to announce a series of briefs from the Juvenile Justice Roundtable on special topics related to trauma-informed juvenile justice systems. This series furthers our discussion on topics key that address trauma within this system. The five briefs listed below address topics essential to our work of identifying and addressing key elements of a trauma-informed juvenile justice system, including trauma-informed assessment and intervention, cross-system collaboration, family engagement, racial disparity, and the environment of care in juvenile institutions.

NCTSN Website
Parents and caregivers can play an important role in helping children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. The NCTSN is pleased to launch the redesign of our "For Parents and Caregivers" web pages with updated information on understanding trauma, ways parents can help, trauma treatment, and resources.

New Webpages on Complex Trauma!
The Complex Trauma Collaborative group is pleased to announce the launch of the Effects of Complex Trauma and the Assessment of Complex Trauma web pages!  Understand the impact of complex trauma across multiple developmental domains and how to structure a comprehensive assessment.

New Webpages on Secondary Traumatic Stress!
The Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) Committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage on the NCTSN website devoted to STS and the work of the committee. On this webpage you will find resources related to STS and links to a wide range of documents, programs, and materials that can be used by individuals and organizations to create STS-informed responses to indirect trauma expo-sure.

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July - September 2013

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

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