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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin October 2013


New Webpages for Parents and Caregivers! 
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. 
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 introductory brief, by Carly B. Dierkhising, Susan Ko, and Jane Halladay Goldman, provides a summary of the series and a description of the work done by the diverse array of participants at our Juvenile Justice Roundtable held in February of this year. 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. 
Although this list of topics is far from exhaustive, we hope that the perspectives found in these briefs will elevate our already rich discussions and our work to create trauma-informed juvenile justice systems.
  • Trauma-Informed Assessment and Intervention by Patricia K. Kerig
  • Cross-System Collaboration by Macon Stewart
  • The Role of Family Engagement in Creating Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems by Liane Rozzell
  • Racial Disparities and the Juvenile Justice System: A Legacy of Trauma by Clinton Lacey
  • Trauma and the Environment of Care in Juvenile Institutions by Sue Burrell


Noteworthy Resources

 The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and the Medical University of South Carolina are pleased to announce a new online training course. Helping-Heroes is an 8-hour training course for mental health professionals working with firefighters and other first responders who have problems with work-related traumatic stress. The course content involves exposure and behavioral activation therapies which have strong empirical support for their efficacy with this population. Helping-Heroes is free to all learners and a total of 8 hours of professional continuing education credit is awarded after completing the full course.
 KidsWell is a national advocacy campaign for implementing successful health care reform for children. KidsWell provides timely, easy-to-understand health care reform news and analysis and is a good source for information about the impact of new health policy changes on children. 
 Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment, a publication of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, aims to help clinicians, employers, policymakers, and others make informed decisions about providing health care services.



Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:

Carmen Rosa Norona is among the authors of Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets: Together in the Struggle for Social Justice in Perspectives in Infant Mental Health (Volume 21, Number 2). Over the past 30 years, the field of infant mental health has evolved exponentially. Within this multidisciplinary field, practitioners of all kinds&madsh;clinicians, researchers, and policy makers&madsh;all work to ensure the emotional, physical, social, and cognitive well-being of children from the prenatal period through 3 years. The field's work has been elevated by the scientific revelations on brain development and early experiences and by critical research demonstrating how a young child's experiences can shape long-term outcomes. In the past few years, the field of infant mental health has made great policy gains, such as the increased federal funding to support early learning programs, federal funding for home visiting, and other policy efforts that support young children's healthy development. The Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets, presented and discussed in the article, are guiding principles outlining standards of practice in the field and pointing the way to a just society via engaged professional practice.

New on the NCTSN Learning Center
Diagnostic Statistical Manual-5: Trauma and Stress Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents
October 16, 2013 (10:00 am PT)
Presenters: Robert Pynoos, MD, MPH, UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Charles Zeanah, MD, Tulane University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress is thrilled to host the webinar, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-V: Trauma and Stress Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents, with experts Drs. Pynoos and Zeanah discussing the changes forthcoming in DSM-V. 
Stay tuned for future announcements regarding additional webinars and resources addressing the new DSM-V!
Impact of Polyvictimization on K-12 Schools
October 10, 2013 (12:00 pm PT)
Presenter: Christopher Blodgett, PhD, Washington State University
Dr. Blodgett will examine the nuances of the effects of polyvictimization on the K-12 school environment.
Polyvictimization and Urban Communities of Color 
October 24, 2013 (12:00 pm PT)
Presenter: Bradley Stolbach, PhD, Chicago Child Trauma Center
Presenter will discuss polyvictimization found in urban communities of color and its impact. 
Cyberbullying and Trauma
October 29, 2013 (9:00 am PT)
Presenters: Laura Danna, LCSW-BACS, Mercy Family, Project Fleur-de-lis; Elizabeth Englander, PhD, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center; youth representative Julia Veronesi from the Looking In Theatre
In support of National Bullying Awareness and Prevention month, the NCTSN Bullying and Cyberbullying subcommittee, chaired by Sheryl Kataoka, MD, is sponsoring a webinar exclusively focused on understanding the intersection between cyberbullying and trauma. 

Coming Next Month
Impact of Polyvictimization on Early Learning
November 14, 2013 (12:00 pm PT)
Presenter: Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW, Alaska Childcare Mental Health
Presenter will describe the impact of polyvictimization on development and early learning. 
Impact of Polyvictimization on LGBTQ Youth and Adults
November 21, 2013 (12:00 pm PT)
Presenter: Aliza Yarrow, PsyD, Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute
Presenter will examine the effects of polyvictimization as it relates to LGBTQ youth and adults.

Upcoming Workshop Opportunity
The BI-SLR HEARTS Program at Beth Israel Medical Center is presenting a workshop entitled Imagining a New Framework for Sexual Health: Redefining Sexuality Post Trauma. Knowledge about sexual health and how to talk about it is paramount in working with survivors of trauma, yet sexual health is often ignored in standard clinical training. Many clinicians are uncomfortable and untrained, so they either avoid these conversations or fumble through them until they figure it out on their own. BI-SLR HEARTS is proud to present two renowned experts in sexual health and trauma treatment to discuss six fundamentals of sexual health that can help frame treatment and guide sexual health conversations with clients.
Presenters: Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST
Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW The Harvey Institute
When: November 22, 2013, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Beth Lsrael Medical Center Podell Auditorium
10 Nathan D. Perlman Place New York, NY 10003
For more information contact Annabelle Moore. or 212-420-4434.
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