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.

Page Contents:

January - March 2015

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

NCTSN Resources

Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind (2015) (PDF)
Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind is a story developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced a tornado. In the story, Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried after they experienced a severe tornado and witnessed damage to their community. The story describes some of their reactions and talks about how their parents help them to express their feelings and feel safer. In the back of the booklet, there is a parent guide that suggests ways that parents can use the story with their children.

Child Maltreatment in Military Families: A Fact Sheet for Providers (2015) (PDF)
Military families serve and sacrifice courageously for their country. In doing so, they experience stressful circumstances that are tied to the nature of military service itself: frequent moves, separation from family and support networks, lengthy absences of a parent, increased demands on at-home parents, the return of a service member with physical or mental wounds, and other transitions and events that are unique to military life. This factsheet offers providers information about military families, child maltreatment in the military, how the deployment affects the family, and what providers can do to support the military families they serve.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015) (Video)
The NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee is pleased to an-nounce the launch of a new video which highlights the effect of trauma on LGBTQ youth; how bias impedes optimal care, and practical steps for creating safe and welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. The video features five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma and bias have affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services. National Child Traumatic Stress Net-work (NCTSN) presenters discuss specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safer and more welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth.

Testifying in Court about Trauma: The Court Hearing (2014) (PDF)
Many clinicians face testifying in court with trepidation; now there is a new 7-page fact sheet to help those preparing for a court hearing. In addition to a case example, Testifying in Court about Trauma: The Court Hearing depicts what clinicians can expect in court, defines legal terms, delineates the types of cases in which clinician testimony might be required, explains the roles of “expert” witness and “fact” witness, describes how to testify effectively (with specific talking points), charts behaviors traumatized children may display and possible contributing facts from a trauma perspective, tells your rights as a witness, presents a checklist to use prior to the hearing day, and gives self-care tips for managing anxiety during the hearing.

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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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