Interventions and Treatment Archives - NWI

New SAMHSA Toolbox Promotes Mental Health and School Readiness in Young Children

May 9, 2017 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has introduced The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox as a resource to support children’s healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school. The toolkit includes interactive planning tools along with videos, and other resources to support efforts in states, tribes and local communities in using the IECMHC.

Access the IECMHC Toolbox from SAMHSA»

Research: Parenting-based therapies best for children with disruptive behaviors

May 3, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology found that involving parents in the treatment of children with disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs) has the best results. Researchers compared more than 20 other therapeutic approaches used in the treatment of DBDs.

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Research Shows Benefit of Pediatric-Based Brief Behavioral Treatment

April 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Results of a randomized clinical trial published this month in JAMA Psychiatry found that 56.8% of youths in pediatric-based behavioral treatment were clinically improved compared with 28.2% of youths provided with assisted referral. Improvement was greater for Hispanic youths, with 76.5% of those in behavioral treatment improving compared with 7.1% of referred youths.

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Issue Brief: A Call for Comprehensive Perinatal Psychotherapy Training

April 21, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new issue brief from SPARC and UMass and written by Carolyn Broudy outlines the need for perinatal psychotherapy training to better treat perinatal depression and avoid negative outcomes for mothers, infants and families.

Read the issue brief»

Early Intervention Can Help Combat Depression in Children

April 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent article from a New Jersey paper highlights ways local pediatricians are working to identify and treat depression and other mental health issues early with screening tools and collaborative care approaches. One pilot program will bring a licensed social worker and psychiatrist into the pediatric primary care office, and in another program a psychologist and a “patient navigator” will work with parents when children are diagnosed as needing treatment for a mental health issue.

Read the article»

New Study: Ethnic-Racial Exploration Positive for Adolescent Development

March 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor

New preliminary research conducted at Arizona State University and published recently in Child Development suggests that adolescents benefit from exploring and resolving their ethnic-racial identity, leading to higher self-esteem and better mental health. This small trial used the Identity Project intervention developed at Arizona State with 218 ninth grade students in the Southwest United States to test if it would boost adolescents’ exploration and resolution of ethnic-racial identity. The students who participated in the curriculum were surveyed afterwards and researchers found they had increased their exploration of ethnic-racial identity.

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Research: Improved Resiliency Following Trauma-Focused CBT

March 14, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Recent research published this month in Child Abuse & Neglect , measured the impact of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for youth (7–17 years old) impacted by child sexual abuse (CSA). Results suggest that completing TF-CBT reduces symptom distress (i.e., PTSD and depression), and seems to lead to “greater feelings of mastery and emotional relatedness, and reduced emotional reactivity to stresses”.

Read the article on improved resiliency following trauma-focused CBT»

Eric Bruns in New Zealand for National Wraparound Summit

February 13, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Eric Bruns, PhD, co-director of the National Wraparound Initiative, is in New Zealand this week for a National Wraparound Hui at Massey University. (Hui is a word with Māori origins used in New Zealand for gatherings and assemblies). Bruns participated in a national radio interview there with Dr. Ruth Gammon, Massey University psychologist and organizer of the event, about how wraparound services can help at-risk kids.

Listen to the interview on Radio New Zealand with Eric Bruns and Ruth Gammon»

Viewpoint: We need to provide better mental health treatment in schools. Here’s how to start.

February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this Washington Post viewpoint piece child psychotherapist and parent educator Katie Hurley acknowledges the challenges facing schools in meeting the mental health needs of students. She offers concrete suggestions for ways teachers and school administrators can help create supportive environments in schools.

Read about supporting children’s mental health in schools»

Researchers identify mental health screening tools, barriers for Latino children

January 30, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical looked into existing culturally sensitive tools for mental health screening Spanish-speaking parents in order to increase pediatricians ability to conduct mental health screening in Latino families. As a result, they have identified a culturally sensitive set of tools that are freely available to pediatricians, take less than 10 minutes to use, are in easy-to-read Spanish, and assess a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems. These four screening tools are the: Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)-17-question version, the PSC-35-question version, the pictorial PSC-35, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.

Read more about mental health screening tools for Latino children»

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