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National Child Traumatic Stress Network e-Bulletin December 2015
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Children with Traumatic Separation: Information for Professionals
The relationship with a parent or primary caregiver is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. However, many children experience the loss of a caregiver—either permanently or for varying amounts of time—due to death due to other circumstances. For example, chronic separations may result from military deployment, parental incarceration, immigration, parental deportation, or termination of parental rights. When separated from their caregiver, children may develop posttraumatic responses. Children with Traumatic Separation: Information for Professionals is a 5-page factsheet that gives information on traumatic separation, challenges children may face, posttraumatic responses children may have, and suggestions for helping children who experience traumatic separation from a caregiver.
What's Sharing Power Got to Do with Trauma-Informed Practice?
Family members are more likely to show up and continuously engage in the treatment process when a service provider welcomes their participation and respects their experiences. The Partnering with Youth and Families Committee of the NCTSN developed a one-page, two-sided tip sheet for providers seeking to build a trauma-responsive practice to share power with families, youth, and children. If you are a family member, you may want to show What’s Sharing Power Got to Do with Trauma-Informed Practice? to current or future service providers. The tip sheet discusses the importance of enhanced participation and its positive outcomes for trauma-informed care. 
Sharing Power: A Tool for Reflection
The Partnering with Youth and Families Committee of the NCTSN developed a one-page, two-sided tip sheet entitled Sharing Power: A Tool for Reflection for providers to use to explore sharing power in trauma-responsive care. Providers also can use the tool to “wear the hats” of others at their agency—parent, intake worker, adminis-trator, and more—to help broaden perspective and deepen their insights. The tip sheet covers these topics: language and tone (of agency outreach materials), intake and registration, conducting an initial meeting, giving assessment/evaluation feedback (for example, jargon-free), the course of care, obstacles and crises, and ending treatment services.
Updated NCTSN Policy Pages!
The updated NCTSN Policy Page provides current, high quality, policy-focused resources for policymakers, NCTSN members and affiliates, and the public. New additions include a description of the NCCTS’ policy activities, information about the NCTSN Policy Task Force, as well as links to resources such as recent federal policy-related reports on key topics of interest. To learn more about the NCTSN and Public Policy, please visit the newly updated page at: Please direct any questions to Lauren Absher, Program Coordinator for Policy and Partnerships at

Public Awareness
Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January 2016)
The populations most vulnerable to human trafficking include undocumented immigrants; runaway and homeless youth; victims of trauma and abuse; refugees and individuals fleeing conflict; and oppressed, marginalized, and impoverished groups and individuals. In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the NCTSN website has added new resources for mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, and survivors on the signs of trafficking and services for human trafficking survivors

Noteworthy Resources
NCJFCJ Launches National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has launched the National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships. This website serves as a “one-stop shop” for resources, training, and technical assistance to help school-justice partnerships realize positive school discipline reforms and reduce the school-to-juvenile justice pathway. The resource center will provide information on the following: 
  • Evidence-based practices 
  • Alternatives to arrest and formal court processing, including effective diversion models for youth with behavioral health needs 
  • Applications of current research  
NCJFCJ’s core partners on this project include the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ), the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve
The Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri would like you to join woodland creatures Hunter the fox and Eve the owl in their forest adventures as they learn steps to stay safe, keep calm, solve problems, and more! In the latest episode, Keeping Calm, Eve teaches Hunter how to use controlled breathing to calm his body and reduce his fears.
Noteworthy Resources
Book — Healthy, Resilient, Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery
Authors: Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community's Public Health, Medical, and Social Services; Board on Health Sciences Policy; Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. 
In the devastation that follows a major disaster, public, private, and charitable sources spend billions of dollars from to help communities recover. National rhetoric often characterizes these efforts as a “return to normal.” Yet for many American communities, pre-disaster conditions are far from optimal. Large segments of the US population suffer from preventable health problems, experience inequitable access to services, and rely on overburdened health systems. A return to pre-event conditions in such cases may be shortsighted given the high costs—both economic and social—of poor health. This book makes the case that disaster recovery should be guided by a community vision, where health considerations are integrated into all aspects of recovery planning before and after a disaster and funding streams are leveraged in a coordinated manner and applied to health improvement priorities in order to meet human recovery needs and create healthy built and natural environments. The conceptual framework presented in Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters lays the groundwork to achieve this goal and provides operational guidance for multiple sectors involved in community planning and disaster recovery.
With support from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), the Veterans Health Administration (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened an expert committee to develop an approach to disaster recovery that mitigates disaster impacts on health and promotes  healthy communities. This volume pre¬sents the results of their efforts. 

On the Learning Center
New Product!
It is NCTSN’s great pleasure to share a new product with you, The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma. This Toolkit consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant Manual. Together, they are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children with IDD who have had traumatic experiences, and how to use this knowledge to support children’s safety, well-being, happiness, and recovery through trauma-informed practice.
The Toolkit, in its entirety, is available for download from the Trauma & IDD Toolkit webpage on the NCTSN Learning Center. This page includes the PowerPoint files of the Slidekit; NCTSN videos (i.e., NCTSN PSA & an excerpt from The Promise); Pre-Training and Follow-Up Evaluations (PDF versions & links to online Qualtrics versions); and, all activity files (i.e., a Board Game). 
Aside from downloading the materials, we hope users will: 
  • Register any upcoming training events and see others’ trainings that have been scheduled, and
  • A forum to share resources and experiences
New RPC Blog Post! 
Anne Kagi—Network Liaison at the National Center at Duke—has posted the first blog on the Resource Parent Curriculum site: Your First RPC Training: Foundational Steps to Ensure Success. Ms. Kagi says, “In this blog, we share the experiences and lessons learned from those who have begun the RPC journey.” For her initial entry, Ms. Kagi has interviewed Amy Bielawski-Branch and Laurie Brown who held their first RPC workshop at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2014. Ms. Kagi highlights the organizational efforts Bielawski-Branch and Brown made prior to the training and shares reflections offered by participants. 

Upcoming Webinars
Addressing Trauma and Disproportionate Ethnic Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice through Empower-ment: It’s about More than a Seat at the Table
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (9:00 am PT)
Presenters: Clinton Lacey, District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Monique Marrow, PhD, Psychologist, Consultant, Trainer on Trauma and Juvenile Justice 
Trauma and Disproportionality in the Juvenile Justice system are intimately related constructs that evolve out of powerlessness. Disproportionality has many causes, but at its core, there is a historical component that has consist-ently and methodically stripped ethnic minorities of power. This removal of power is further experienced in the number of traumatic events to which these individuals are exposed within their families, communities, and systems with which they have contact. This webinar will explore both the historical and current causes for disproportionality and the relationships between trauma responses, violence and disproportionality. The presenters will also pose avenues to engage families and communities in the formation of new systems and services built on principles of empowerment. 
Upcoming Event
Understanding and Addressing Medical Manifestation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Thursday, January 14, 2016 (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST)
Presenters: Heather Forkey, MD, Chief of the Child Protection Program and Clinical Director for the Foster Children Evaluation Program at the University of Massachusetts Children’s Medical Center and Assistant Professor at the UMass School of Medicine in Worcester, MA. Douglas Waite, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Director for the Keith Haring Clinic at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Dr. Waite is also a member of the CWLA Mental Health Advi-sory Board.
Description: Over the past 25 years, advances in our understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of adverse life experiences have led to major changes in the treatment of children with histories of abuse and neglect. Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study have played a significant role in helping us under-stand the biological, developmental, and long- term consequences of traumatic events. While trauma-informed treat-ment has become a standard of care in child welfare, many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder present not as psychiatric symptoms but as chronic medical complaints that are easily dismissed when no underlying medical condition is apparent. This webinar focuses on the interface between psychiatric and medical symptoms that is imperative to correct diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with medical complaints directly related to past psychological trauma.
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