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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin September 2011


As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the NCTSN has created a public awareness page for families, youth, educators, disaster response workers, medical personnel, and mental health professionals. This directory of products and resources of the Network and its partners includes webinars, factsheets, film clips, apps, and links to additional resources.

Over the next few weeks, please revisit the site to find more information to help those experiencing anniversary reminders of this national tragedy or those facing current stresses, adversities, or concerns. 
NEW and IMPROVED SEARCHING on the NCTSN Learning Center!
Did you know that the NCTSN Learning Center has a database of 120 on-demand presentations featuring hundreds of trauma experts? We've recently made searching our data base easier by adding descriptions of each presentation and more subject classifications. Simply type in a speaker's name or a topic keyword to view presentations and earn free CE credits


New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Who Are the Young Children in Foster Care? 
What Critical Points Must Be Kept in Mind When Addressing Their Needs? 
September 1, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Anna Smyke, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Jody Manly, PhD, Mt. Hope Family Center—University of Rochester; Leslie Brown, LCSW, Children's Relief Nursery
Presenters will discuss the unique characteristics of young children in foster care as they recover from abuse and neglect and considerations for caregivers and the individuals and systems charged with their care. 
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Ready to Remember: Helping Children with Traumatic Grief
September 7, 2011 (10:30 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Robin Goodman, PhD, ATR-BC, A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Stephanie Handel, MSW, Wendt Center for Loss and Healing; two family members
Presenters will describe childhood traumatic grief and introduce their new book, Ready to Remember: Jeremy's Journey of Hope and Healing. Two family members will answer presenters' questions about experiencing and processing traumatic grief, treatment, and their families' coping skills and resilience. 
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Decade of Growth: Reflections on What We Have Learned Since 9/11
September 9, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Marleen Wong, PhD, LCSW, University of Southern California; Robert Pynoos, MD, MPH, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Stephen Cozza, MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Robert Abramovitz, MD, Hunter School of Social Work
Presenters will describe their most poignant moments in the response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the impact on their work, the role of the NCTSN, and—considering its growth in the last decade—the future of the disaster mental health field. 
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Preparing our Children for Emergencies
September 12, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Rose Pfefferbaum, PhD, MPH, University of Oklahoma Terrorism and Disaster Center; Matt Taylor, MA, Institute for Educational Research and Service, University of Montana; Sharon Heno, MEd, LPC, NCC, Mercy Family Center, Project Fleur-de-lis
Presenters will describe how best to prepare our children for emergencies from the standpoint of community preparedness and resilience and emergency preparedness in school settings.
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Lessons Learned Since 9/11 about Post-Disaster Intervention
September 14, 2011 (11:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Patricia Watson, PhD, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Juliet Vogel, PhD, North Shore University Hospital; April Naturale, PhD, Disaster Mental Health Management and Training
Presenters will examine the evolution of post-disaster interventions since 9/11.
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Innovations in Family-Centered Approaches to Trauma and Loss
September 16, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Frederick Strieder, PhD, Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, University of Maryland School of Social Work; William Saltzman, PhD, FOCUS Project, UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Program; Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Charles Figley, PhD, Traumatology Institute, Tulane University
Presenters will describe three family-based models of intervention: FOCUS, Strengthening Family Coping Resources, and Trauma Adapted Family Connections. In a moderated panel discussion, each presenter will describe how the model sustains a family focus and implements interventions to families' responses to trauma.
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Noteworthy Resources

Network Colleagues John Briere and Cheryl Lanktree are co-authors of Treating Complex Trauma in Adolescents and Young Adults, an empirically validated, multi-component guide for practitioners and students in the treatment of multi-traumatized adolescents and young adults. They outline a hands-on, culturally sensitive approach to the most challenging of young clients: those suffering from complex trauma histories, multiple symptoms, and—in many cases—involvement in a range of problematic behaviors. Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) adapts a variety of approaches and techniques to the youth's specific symptoms, culture, and age. Components include relationship-building, psychoeducation, affect regulation training, trigger identification, cognitive processing, titrated emotional processing, mindfulness training, collateral treatments with parents and families, group therapy, and system-level advocacy.


 Network Members Melissa Brymer and Patricia Watson are among the psychologists examining the social, political and psychological impacts of the nation's worst terrorist attack in "9/11:  Ten Years Later," a special issue of APA's flagship journal, American Psychologist. In their article, Postdisaster Psychological Intervention Since 9/11, Brymer and Watson discuss the post-9/11 research used to develop guidelines and strategies for optimal post-disaster mental health intervention which includes promoting safety and comfort, creating a calm atmosphere, instilling hope, and connecting victims and survivors to social supports and appropriate resources.

 Network Members Chandra Ghosh Ippen, William Harris, Patricia Van Horn, and Alicia Lieberman have co-authored Traumatic and stressful events in early childhood: Can treatment help those at highest risk? in the August issue of Child Abuse & Neglect. This study involved a reanalysis of data from a randomized controlled trial to examine whether child—parent psychotherapy (CPP), an empirically-based treatment focusing on the parent—child relationship as the vehicle for child improvement, is efficacious for children who experience multiple traumatic and stressful life events (TSEs). Numerous studies show that exposure to childhood trauma and adversity has negative consequences for later physical and mental health, but few interventions have been specifically evaluated to determine their effectiveness for children who experienced multiple TSEs. The findings suggest that including the parent as an integral participant in the child's treatment may be particularly effective in the treatment of young children exposed to multiple risks.
 The World Health Organization has released Psychological First Aid: Guide for Field Workers in honor of World Humanitarian Day. Network members Bob Pynoos, Melissa Brymer, Bob Macy, Alan Steinberg, Gilbert Reyes, and Patricia Watson served as content experts in providing psychological first aid in emergencies and as reviewers for the publication. 

Coming Next Month


The Impact of Trauma and the Experience of Young Children in the Child Welfare System 
October 6, 2011 (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Patricia Van Horn, PhD, University of California, San Francisco; Julie Larrieu, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine; Mindy Kronenberg, PhD, Private Practice, NCTSN Affiliate 
Presenters will discuss the impact of trauma and the experience of young children in the child welfare system and the signs, symptoms, and consequences of trauma in infants, young children, and their caregivers.
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Using and Adapting Trauma Evidence-Based Practices for Family Trauma Context
October 12, 2011 (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Presenters: Judith Cohen, MD, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital; Patricia Van Horn, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Presenters will discuss the impact of trauma and the experience of young children in the child welfare system and the signs, symptoms, and consequences of trauma in infants, young children, and their caregivers.
Presenters will discuss the critical impact of parent or other caregiver involvement in two Evidence Based Practices (EBPs): Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy and describe the ways in which parents take part in each model, and the evidence demonstrating that parent participation and parent well-being is an essential element in the child's recovery.
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