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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin November 2013


New Webpages on Complex Trauma! 
The Complex Trauma Collaborative group is pleased to announce the launch of the Effects of Complex Trauma and the Assessment of Complex Trauma web pages!  Understand the impact of complex trauma across multiple developmental domains and how to structure a comprehensive assessment. 

Announcing PFA Mobile for Android! 

Now available for Android devices, the app PFA Mobile can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children following disasters or emergencies. Adapted from the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide (2nd Edition), PFA Mobile allows responders to review the 8 core PFA actions, match PFA interventions to specific stress reactions of survivors, hear mentor tips for applying PFA in the field, self-assess to determine readiness to conduct PFA, assess and track survivors' needs, collect data, and make referrals. PFA Mobile provides additional support in the field by providing tips on diverse survivor groups (infant/toddler, preschool, school-age, adolescent, adult), keeping track of survivor concerns and referral needs, and facilitating referrals via resource links. PFA Mobile supplements other resources that trained individuals utilize before, during, and after a disaster response. 
Also Available—the Japanese version of PFA Mobile for Apple and Android devices!!
NOTE: PFA Mobile does not replace PFA training. To receive training, enroll in PFA Online, a free 6-hour interactive course. Free continuing education credits are available.

New on the NCTSN Learning Center

Introducing the Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse Online Course
This course is designed to provide training and materials for mental health clinicians, substance abuse treatment providers, parents, caregivers, and youth on the complexities of psychological trauma and co-occurring substance abuse and dependency. The course is comprised of the following training components: 
  • A 90-minute interactive online training Understanding Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Among Adolescents 
  • A one-hour lecture presentation by Robert Pynoos, MD entitled Youth with Trauma Histories, PTSD, and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse 
  • A four-part Train-the-Trainer video series entitled Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding and Working with Youth and Their Caregivers
  • Product information on the NCTSN training toolkit entitled Understanding the Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse: A Toolkit for Providers (2nd Ed.)  
This ATSA online course offers a Learning Community where participants can share their experiences using and disseminating these materials in the field, receive guidance and feedback, and obtain additional resources and training. 
Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth Speaker Series
Clinical Competencies for Working with LGBTQI Consumers
November 12, 2013 (12:00 pm PT)
Presenters: Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families and The Harvey Institute; Dave Reynolds, MPH, CPH; Betty Hill, MPM, Persad Center; Sandra Soloski, MA, Persad Center
Presenters will describe working with LGBTQI youth, the nuances of gender, and its effect on treatment. 
Enhancing Multidisciplinary Responses to Polyvictimization: 
Complex Trauma Speaker Series
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 impact of polyvictimization as it relates to LGBTQ youth and adults
Coming Next Month
Overview and Use of the CANS-Trauma: A Functional Assessment Strategy for Use across Service Systems
December 5, 2013 (10:00 am PT)
Presenter: Cassandra Kisiel, PhD, Northwestern University
Presenter will provide an overview of the CANS-Trauma Assessment, discuss its development, and describe the proper use and strategies for the assessment.
Polyvictimization Webinar for First Responders
December 12, 2013 (12:00 pm PT)
Presenter: Steven Marans, MSW, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine 
Presenter will describe the impact of polyvictimization on first responders. 

Noteworthy Resources

The Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice ToolkitThe Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit contains multiple resources to assist the child welfare and mental health workforce in creating a more trauma-informed child welfare system offers the following resources:

  • The Trauma System Readiness Tool (TSRT)—A community assessment tool for individuals within the child welfare workforce to determine the trauma-informed nature of their system
  • Desk Guide on Trauma-Informed Mental Health for Child Welfare—A guide to assist child welfare workers and supervisors in the child welfare system in understanding mental health services available for children, so that through their advocacy and support for appropriate services, they can help all children live in safe and stable homes and receive the support they need to thrive
  • Desk Guide on Trauma-Informed Child Welfare for Child Mental Health Practitioners— A guide to assist child mental health professionals in increasing their knowledge of the policies, practices, and culture of the child welfare system, in order to enhance their ability to deliver quality services to children and families
  • Guidelines for Applying a Trauma Lens to a Child Welfare Practice Model—Guidelines that will provide concrete strategies for child welfare agencies as they strive to update their current practice model to one that is more trauma-informed.
 New Report of the Sexual Exploitation of Children
With support from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council formed a committee to conduct a study of crimes of sexual exploitation as they affect citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States under age 18. The committee was asked to recommend strategies for responding to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States, new legislative approaches, and a research agenda. In its report, Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States, the committee concludes that efforts to prevent, identify, and respond to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in the United States require better collaborative approaches that build upon the capabilities of people and entities from a range of sectors. In addition, such efforts will need to confront demand and the individuals who commit and benefit from these crimes.
Announcing a Special Issue on Residential Trauma! 
The Journal of Family Violence (Volume 28, Issue 7) has released Serving Traumatized Children and Adolescents in Residential Settings, which includes the following nine papers:  
Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:
 Claude Chemtob, Omar Gudino, and Danielle Laraque are the authors of Maternal Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression in Pediatric Primary Care: Association with Child Maltreatment and Frequency of Child Exposure to Traumatic Events in JAMA Pediatrics (Volume 167, Number 9). Maternal posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be associated with increased risk for child maltreatment and child exposure to traumatic events. Exposure to multiple traumatic events is associated with a wide range of adverse health and social outcomes in children. The article examines the association of probable maternal depression, PTSD, and comorbid PTSD and depression with the risk for child maltreatment and parenting stress and the number of traumatic events to which preschool children are exposed.
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