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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin December 2012


College Students Coping after the Hurricane

College Students Coping after the Huricane is a brief fact sheet designed to support students who are recovering from Superstorm Sandy. It describes common reactions students may experience, suggests ways to enhance their capacity for coping, and gives a checklist of specific strategies students can use in the aftermath of the disaster. Events Calendar

Promoting your upcoming event or webinar? Want to share an interesting event with other professionals? The Events Calendar is a great way to get the word out and find out about future events! Send requests for postings to Events must be specific to child trauma or related issues. 

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Nothing! Take a hiatus from learning through the winter holidays. Or, better yet, visit the NCTSN Learning Center to catch up on your Continuing Education. Look for announcements of new seminars in upcoming e-Bulletins. 


Upcoming Partner Webinar

Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Series: Part I & Part II The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NCROI), a service of the Children's Bureau, has opened registration for Part II: Expanding Trauma-Informed Services in Child Welfare Systems which will be presented on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm (EST). Cosponsored by the National Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issues, the webinar will highlight resources and strategies that child welfare agencies, providers, and courts can use to expand the availability of trauma-informed services across child-serving systems. Presenters will describe resources available from the NCTSN, and local leaders from the child welfare, mental health, and court systems will discuss the steps they have taken to expand trauma-informed services both within their systems and in collaboration with other systems. 

Part II follows up November's Part I: Building Systems to Support Trauma-Informed Practice, now available for viewing on the NCROI website, in which presenters from San Diego County, CA and Oklahoma describe a trauma-informed child welfare system, emphasize how the pieces of such a system can fit together to improve outcomes, highlight two sites that participated in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative 2010 to 2012 on using trauma-informed child welfare practice to improve placement stability, and share their experience with building systems to support trauma-informed practice. 
For descriptions of these sessions and lists of presenters, see their website at

Register on-line for these free sessions here:

If you need assistance or have questions, email or call 1-800 HELPKID (435-7543).

Noteworthy Resources

 Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues: Judith Cohen, Anthony Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger edited Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents: Treatment Applications which facilitates implementation of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) in a range of contexts, including demonstrating how to (a) optimally tailor assessment strategies and treatment components to serve clients' needs; (b) overcome barriers in residential settings, foster placements, and low-resource countries; (c) use play to engage kids at different ages; and (d) present TF-CBT applications for adolescents with complex trauma, children with developmental challenges, military families struggling with the stresses of deployment, and Latino and Native American children.


Ben Saunders is among the authors of Latent Classes of Adolescent Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Predict Functioning and Disorder after 1 Year in American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Volume 50, Issue 4), a 2011 study to identify latent classes of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in a national sample of adolescents and to test their associations with PTSD and functional impairment one year later. Authors concluded that PTSD severity-distinguishing symptoms change substantially in adolescence and are not characterized by the numbing cluster, contrary to studies in adult samples. The results may help explain inconsistent factor analytic findings on the structure and diagnosis of PTSD, and authors emphasize that developmental context is critical to consider in both research and clinical work in PTSD assessment and diagnosis.

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Melissa Brymer, Robert Pynoos, and Matthew Taylor are among the authors of Providing School Crisis Interventions, a new chapter in Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention (2nd edition). This chapter discusses the importance of schools being prepared to respond effectively to a variety of emergencies. It outlines basic principles of crisis intervention, effective strategies, and best practices recommendations, including active outreach, the provision and monitoring of crisis information Psychological First Aid, and Skills for Psychological Recovery. The 2nd edition of this book will be on sale soon.

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 Liza Suarez, Harolyn Belcher, Ernestine Briggs, and Janet Titus are coauthors of Supporting the Need for an Integrated System of Care for Youth with Co-Occurring Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Problems in the American Journal of Community Psychology (Volume 49, Issue 3-4). Adolescents are at high risk for exposure to violence and drug use and, therefore, are at increased risk for mental health disorders, school underachievement, and involvement with multiple systems of care. This study delineates the negative sequelae and increased service utilization patterns of adolescents with a history of trauma, substance abuse, and co-occurring trauma and substance abuse to support the need for integrated mental health and substance abuse services for youth. Data from two national sources, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment demonstrate the increased clinical severity (measured by reports of emotional and behavioral problems), dysfunction, and service utilization patterns for youth with co-occurring trauma exposure and substance abuse. Authors conclude with recommendations for an integrated system of care that includes trauma-informed mental health treatment and substance abuse services aimed at reducing the morbidity and relapse probability of this high-risk group.


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