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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin March 2011


NEW Fact Sheet Series for Teens from the Child Sexual Abuse Collaborative Group
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Sex or Sexual Abuse? Respect Yourself and Know the Difference defines sexual abuse and presents examples of “red flag” situations to help teens determine what is or is not sexual abuse.
“But Who Should I Tell?” Questions and Answers About Seeking Help After Sexual Abuse discusses the options you have after sexual abuse: whether or not to tell, who to go to for help, and what resources are available for support.
Staying Safe While Staying Connected: Facts and Tips for Teens warns about the dangers of connecting via technology—including “sexting”—and tips for staying safe.
It’s Never Your Fault: The Truth About Sexual Abuse highlights the common myths teens have about sexual assault and then presents the facts.

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Family Trauma Assessment: Tips for Clinicians details the importance of a trauma assessment when families have experienced a trauma and guides clinicians in the assessment process. You’ll learn how to get families to embrace the need for assessment, the best practices in and the appropriate domains for family trauma assessment, how to choose instruments and decide what to measure, and how to present the results to the family.

NEW Fact Sheet Series on Trauma and the Family from the Family Systems Collaborative Workgroup
cover of Trauma and Your FamilyTrauma and Your Family defines trauma and the symptoms of traumatic stress, shows how trauma can impact a family, and let’s families know that—if a trauma occurs within the family—they can learn to cope with and overcome traumatic stress.

cover of Trauma and Families: Fact Sheet for ProvidersTrauma and Families: Fact Sheet for Providers describes trauma, the impact of trauma on the family, and how providers can support families experiencing traumatic stress in accessing family-centered, trauma specific services.


Family Systems Speaker Series
Widening the Lens—Why Include the Family?
April 11, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenter: Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Charles Figley, PhD, Tulane University

Drs. Kiser and Figley will discuss the reasoning and importance of including the family in trauma-informed care.


Bullet IconNetwork Members Joy Osofsky and Alicia Lieberman have been published in American Psychologist (February–March). Their article A Call for Integrating a Mental Health Perspective into Systems of Care for Abused and Neglected Infants and Young Children discusses the reasoning that these systems of care should adopt a comprehensive perspective, with mental health considerations systematically incorporated into policies and decisions affecting children and their families.
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Bullet IconThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans, is holding an upcoming webinar series built around ten issue briefs on the social determinants of health. The first webinar, to be held on March 24, will address the question “What shapes healthy choices?” and will walk participants through topics on behavior and health, early childhood, and stress.

Bullet IconThe United States Department of Justice has released a video that focuses on stopping bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, as well as other youth who do not conform to traditional expectations of gender roles or appearance. The video is part of the Civil Rights Division's "It Gets Better" project, in which LGBT adults and straight allies share experiences to show youth that life gets better after high school.
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