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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin June 2014

New on the NCTSN Website 

Responding to a Disaster: Learn More about
Skills for Psychological Recovery

Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence- informed skills-building intervention intended for survivors and responders who are exhibiting distress weeks to months after a disaster or emergency. SPR is intended to help survivors identify their most pressing current concerns and teach them the skills so they can better address those needs. The skills used in SPR include en-hancing problem-solving abilities, increasing positive activities, managing distressing reactions, promoting helpful thinking, and building healthy social connections. SPR can be conducted in one visit or ideally in multiple contacts in diverse settings. 
NCTSN Affiliates Updated
All Organizational Affiliate Sites now have updated descriptions and contact information search-able by state. We have also updated our Affiliated Professionals section where you can find the roster of affiliates previously associated with a funded NCTSN partner site who wish to remain connected to, and active with, the Network. We will keep this section current, even as the status of sites changes and individuals make career moves.  
New Complex Trauma Factsheets
The NCTSN Complex Trauma Collaborative Group has developed three new factsheets: 
1. Complex Trauma: Facts for Service Providers Working with Homeless Youth and Young Adults offers information on how to support teens and young adults who are homeless and may have suffered multiple traumas. 
2. Complex Trauma: Facts for Shelter Staff Working with Homeless Children and Families guides shelter staff in how best to support the homeless children and families with whom they work. 
3. Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers gives ideas to caregivers on supporting their child with complex trauma. 

Noteworthy Resources
New ISTSS Clinician Directory is now available online. Available to anyone with access to the ISTSS website homepage, the general public (ISTSS member and non-ISTSS members) will be able search this easy-to-use online database to find a clinician, counselor, or mental health professional in a specific geographical area. The Directory is a public service and includes the names and practice information of ISTSS Regular Members partici-pating in this service.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has released The Framework for Successful Messaging, to help people develop messages for suicide prevention that are strategic, safe, positive, and make use of relevant guidelines and best practices. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention seeks to change the public conversation about suicide.

Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:

New Online Course: Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster, and War. Ann S. Masten, PhD, University of Minnesota, presents a free online course in July which explores is-sues in child resilience, including resilience in human development, research methods, and con-troversies


New on the NCTSN Learning Center
Available Now! New Online Course for Skills for Psychological Recovery 
With all the recent tragedies, now is the time to enhance your skill set to help support those that you serve. Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an intervention that aims to help survivors gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity. SPR is not a for-mal mental health treatment, but utilizes skills-building strategies that have been found helpful in a variety of post-trauma situations. Learn more about SPE by taking the module course, review the manual, and download the additional resources available to support your use of SPR. Log in to the Learning Center today and earn 5 CE credits!
New Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Podcast in our Podcast Center!
Using resource parents as co-facilitators in the RPC sounds like a good idea but how do you get started? Listen to Katie Jackson tell you about her experience co-facilitating with resource par-ents, how its evolved, and how the combination of facilitators can change the value of the curric-ulum. 
New CE Accreditation for Webinars!
The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress is now an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. If you are a National Certified Counselor, you can now receive CEs for hundreds of webinars in our Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma for free! 

July Webinars
Applications of the CANS-Trauma and FANS-Trauma Speaker Series
Using Trauma Assessment Tools to Guide Practice: 
June 24 2014 (9:00 am PDT)
Presenters: Cassandra Kisiel, PhD, Northwestern University; Nicole St. Jean, PsyD, Northwest-ern University; Laurel Kiser, PhD, MBA, FITT Center; Kay Connors, LCSW-C, Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study
Using the collaborative and strengths-based approaches of the CANS/FANS-Trauma can support the meaningful use of assessment in trauma informed care. The presenters will illustrate how the CANS/FANS-Trauma can support trauma and family-informed treatment planning, intervention sequencing and goal setting and strategies for use in trauma-informed systems/ agency planning and implementation.
Health Disparity Implications
June 29 2014 (9:00 am PDT)
Presenters: Doug Braun-Harvey, MA, The Harvey Institute; Betty Hill, MPM, Persad; Sandy So-loski, MA, CAC, Persad 
Presenters will discuss the research and anecdotal information that suggests that LGBTQ indi-viduals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, violence, victimization, and discrimination. They will discuss the linkages between these disparities and their association with trauma, high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.
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