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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin November 2014

New on the NCTSN Website 

Public Awareness

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Each year, as many as 1.6 million youth per year may experi-ence homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, many homeless youth are victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are ex-posed to countless dangers, with increased likelihood of sub-stance abuse, early parenthood, posttraumatic stress disor-der, and a vulnerability to being trafficked. In support of this awareness campaign, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources to help communities, families, educators, mental health and child welfare pro-fessionals, and policy makers and advocates better under-stand and address the plight of homeless youth.  

Noteworthy Resources

Strengthening Hope and Resilience Everyday—a new resource from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)—is a webpage dedicated to “all things Trauma-Informed.” The website hosts a portal to a new e-learning series “Trauma is just the beginning,” which features online training videos for all levels of staff in all departments in all its system partners. Once you register, the training vid¬eos and the accompanying CEUs are FREE. 
ARE YOU READY? Ebola: What you need to know if you live in the U.S.
The American Public Health Association’s Get Ready campaign has just published a one-page, two-sided factsheet that describes the origin of Ebola, how it’s spread, risk factors for United States residents, a symptom list, and more. It answers questions about the danger to pets, suggests how to protect yourself when travel-ing, and describes treatment options and what to do if you think you have Ebola. 
Post-Sexual Assault Stress Prevention —Website & Video
NCTSN partner The National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Car-olina has launched a website for the Prevention of Post-Sexual Assault Stress. Designed for professionals working with adolescents and young adults undergoing an acute sexual assault medical examination, the website had a 17-minute instructional video to help young people prepare for and better cope with the medical examination that usually takes place within 72 hours of a sexual assault.   
SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma &Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Written for program planners, administrators, project managers, professional care providers, poli-cymakers, HHS staff, and public health professionals, SAMHSA’s Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative publication introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organiza-tion, system, or service sector can become trauma-informed. 
Recent Publications by Network Members, Affiliates, and Colleagues:
NCTSN members Cassandra Kisiel, Tracy Fehrenbach, Elizabeth Torgersen, Brad Stolbach, Gary McClelland, Gene Griffin, and Kristine Burkman are authors of Constellations of Interpersonal Trauma and Symptoms in Child Welfare: Implications for a developmental trauma framework published in the Journal of Family Violence (2014). Authors examined patterns of trauma exposure and symptoms in 16,212 children in Illinois’ child welfare system, analyzing the data in light of the proposed Developmental Trauma Disorder diagnostic criteria. Findings suggest that a developmental trauma framework can more adequately capture the spectrum of needs of multiply traumatized youth than existing diagnostic formulations and that utilizing this framework for assessment, treatment planning, and intervention can lead to more targeted and effective services for children.  
NCTSN Partner Terrorism and Disaster Center of the University of Minnesota has published a comprehensive 6-page factsheet—for those preparing for or responding to the mental health consequences of disasters—that reviews the effects of disasters on mental health and describes their recommended health response for community disasters. Based on empirical studies of disasters, TDC author Carol S. North details six general principles for disaster mental health that have been established and described in the literature; gives recommendations for—and examples of—successful deployment of mental health operations into emergency and medical preparedness; introduces a framework to organize and guide disaster mental health responses; delineates the mental health evaluation and what constitutes a qualifying trauma in a disaster; describes triage and referral; and examines the most-used disaster mental health interventions, their limitations with regard to psychiatric illness that arises after disaster, and treatments recommended for those who develop a post-disaster psychiatric disorder.  

Upcoming NCTSN Webinars
Evidence-Based Treatments: Elements/Adaptations for Military Family-Informed Care
November 14, 2014 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, LP, University of Minnesota, Institute for Child Development; Robin Gurwitch, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Center for Child and Family Health; Ju¬dith Cohen, MD, Allegheny Hospital, Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents; Ellen DeVoe, PhD, Boston University School of Social Work, Trauma Certificate Program
This webinar will explore elements and strategies used by developers of evidence-based treat-ments to adapt their models for effective treatment of military children and families. The develop-ers of EBTs such as ADAPT, PCIT, TF-CBT, and Strong Families will describe the ways in which they have changed their treatment protocols to take into account military culture, issues specific to military and veteran families, and attitudes towards mental health treatment in military popula-tions. They will describe successes and challenges they have faced and provide ideas for clini-cians to adapt their own treatment models for a military and veteran clientele.
Communication during Wartime: Experiences of Military Leaders, Parents, and Children
November 18, 2014 (10:00 a.m. PST)
Presenters: Connie Diaz, Published author and wife of an Army Reserve Officer; David Rabb, LICSW, ACSW, COL, USAR, MS, VHA Diversity and Inclusion Office, Workforce Management and Consulting Office; COL Paula Smith, US Army Headquarters, Pentagon; Gabriella Gadson, Training Consultant Concur Technologies, Inc.
During the past decade, thousands of military families experienced the stress of military deploy-ment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, military families continue to support service member’s de-ployments all over the globe. With modern technologies, these families are able to instantly com-municate in real time over great distances with their deployed loved ones. During this unique webinar, learn about the ways military families communicate during and after deployment. What are the popular means of communicating with loved ones during a wartime deployment? How do military parents communicate with their children from the war front? This webinar will feature ac-tive duty military leadership, spouses, and children discuss the benefits and challenges associat-ed with deployment communication in today’s military. Presenters will describe their first hand narratives that accompany
Mark your Calendars!
CWLA, in partnership with the NCTSN, is launching a new webinar series addressing current advances in the field of trauma-informed child welfare practice. 
The webinar series "Advancements in the Field: What's Working?" will take place every two months starting November, 13th 2014 through January, 2016. It will highlight the latest evidence informed and evidence based trauma practices in key areas relevant to the work of child welfare.    
All of the webinars in this series will be recorded and made available on-demand at Email Julie Collins, LCSW, Director of Standards for Practice Excellence at for more information about this series. One CEU credit hour is available for the webinar presentation. There is a $10 fee for CEUs for non-members and no charge for CWLA members. If you are interested in CEUs, please e-mail for details.
The first webinar – Adoption and Trauma Communities Coming Together to Improve the Well-Being of Children Involved with Foster Care and Adoption – will discuss how the adoption and child trauma stress communities can inform each other's work and improve cross-disciplinary practice. This webinar will be held Thursday, November 13 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 PM Eastern. Presenters will be Darlene Allen, MS, Executive Director at Adoption Rhode Island; Sarah Kelly-Palmer, LICSW from Family Service of Rhode Island; and Kelly Sullivan, PhD from the Center for Child and Family Health, Duke University Medical Center. To reserve your webinar seat, please use the following link
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