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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin February 2016
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Is your family ready for the next disaster? Do you talk to your children about potential disasters BEFORE they happen? Would you know what to say to help calm and support your preschooler, your schoolage child, or your teenager? Do you have checklists handy to prepare your family for a tornado, flood, earthquake, windstorm, or other disaster? Have any idea how to keep kids occupied and distracted  when the power is out? Do you know what reactions to disaster to expect from your children (which are common and which should concern you)? Be ready WHEN disaster strikes!
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Noteworthy Resources
Since 2004, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC; has aided child welfare agencies in identifying and implementing programs that improve child safety, increase permanency, and/or promote family well-being. However, the CEBC isn’t just for child welfare agencies. This month, the CEBC released A Guide for Mental Health Agencies to assist mental health agencies with navigating and understanding the CEBC website. This handout gives mental health agencies quick access to key features—the program registry, implementation resources, and measurement tools—that can strengthen their efforts to meet the needs of families. Agencies can also use the guide to access professional development opportunities, including educational resources and recorded webinars.  

► New Podcast Series: Resiliency in Disaster Behavioral Health
In a new audio podcast series from SAMHSA’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center, behavioral health professionals and state coordinators discuss strategies for building resilience in individuals and the community before, during, and after a disaster. Disaster behavioral health coordinators can use these podcasts for ideas to help build resilience in their own communities.

► New Factsheets on Using Protective Factors For ACYF Populations
A new series of factsheets for practitioners reviews current research linking protective factors to well-being for five at-risk populations served by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). These factsheets explore topics such as individual skills and capacities that can improve the well-being of children and youth; how parents, guardians, and others can contribute to the well-being of these children; and strategies for practitioners.

On the Learning Center
New Product!
The 2015 NCTSN Implementation Summit was held in May 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. Utilizing experts from within and outside of the NCTSN, the two-day Summit was the first NCTSN meeting to focus on advancing knowledge, sharing, and clarifying implementation information and strategies. You will find links to Implementation Summit products: a summary webinar and video and print resources developed to support the Summit and NCTSN implementation efforts.

New RPC Blog Post!
Anne Kagi—Network Liaison at the National Center at Duke—has posted a blog entry on the Resource Parent Cur-riculum site: Vermont Blog Post II: LAUNCHING THE RPC: LESSONS LEARNED. Following up with Amy Bielawski-Branch and Laurie Brown, who held their first RPC workshop at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2014 and have been hosting additional workshops in other districts, Ms. Kagi asked the instructors about the value of the RPC, the challenges trainers may encounter, and any suggestions they have for others contemplating using the curriculum. Amy and Laurie spoke of the benefits of having a tested and well-recommended training package that ensures a coordinated approach and consistent skillsets in all regions of a state. They have appreciated that international experts developed—and continue to test and evaluate—the curriculum in a variety of settings. Among other recommendations, Amy and Laurie stressed the importance of trainers fostering collaborative relationships with local agencies and providers, having a clear sense of the participants prior to the workshop, and providing child-care and meals.

The NCTSN invites everyone who has enrolled in the RPC course on the NCTSN Learning Center for Child & Ado-lescent Trauma to give us feedback about Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Re-source Parents (RPC). To share your experience or barriers to its use, please click here for a very short (about 5-minute!) survey.
The team developing the RPC Learning Center course will use all information received to understand the use of this curriculum and to develop supplemental resources on the RPC Learning Center Site. They look forward to hearing from those who have used the curriculum extensively, those who have not gotten past the consideration phase, and those who are in every phase in between.    
Questions? Email Chris Foreman with the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at
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