Interventions and Treatment Archives - NWI

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»

Podcast: Home-visit program in child maltreatment cases strengthens parent-child interaction

January 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor

NIH funded a study of a home-visit program for parents previously investigated for child abuse. The study found that the program led to dramatic reduction in the percentage of young children who were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. During the home visits, trained specialists videotaped parents playing with their children and then provided feedback for the parents to help them be more sensitive to their child’s emotional and social cues.

Listen to the podcast recording about this research study»

Parenting Factsheets for Families Now Available in Spanish

January 12, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Child Welfare Information Gateway now has Spanish versions available of three publications from their Factsheets for Families series on parenting abused children:

  • Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents (La Crianza de un Niño que ha Sido Víctima de Abuso Sexual: Una Guía Para Padres de Crianza y Adoptivos)
  • Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma (La Crianza de un Niño que ha Experimentado Trauma)
  • Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect (La Crianza de un Niño que ha Experimentado Abuso o Negligencia)

These sheets along with additional resources in Spanish translation are available on the Information Gateway site.

Access the Spanish language resources on the Child Welfare Information Gateway»

Study shows how comorbid mental health conditions can impact child’s care in hospital

January 9, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Recent research published in Pediatrics in November 2016 is the first study to show how comorbid mental health conditions, such as anxiety, ADHD and depression, can impact a child’s care in the hospital. Based on their analysis of hospital data, researchers found that children hospitalized for medical or surgical procedures who have an existing mental health condition stay in the hospital longer.

Read the article about research on hospital stays for children with existing mental health conditions»

New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement

January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

“Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems” is a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that outlines effective evidence-based interventions in child care. It covers some of the problems frequently seen in young children including reactive attachment disorder; disruptive behavior disorders; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and anxiety and mood disorders. Lead author, Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Tulane University School of Medicine, points to evidence supporting therapy for young children, over treatment with psychotropic medications.

Read about the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement»

Viewpoint in Favor of Universal Home Visits

January 3, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this viewpoint piece, Martha Davis, MSS, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shares her experiences as a home visitor and outlines the benefits of such programs in supporting families.

Read about universal home visits»

New Hampshire Program Finds Doctor Visits Help Keep Teens off Drugs and Alcohol

December 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A program in New Hampshire is finding that regular conversations with their doctor can be valuable in preventing drug and alcohol use by teens. The state has implemented an evidence-based “screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment” (SBIRT) protocol in 23 medical facilities across the state, thanks in part to grant funding.

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Watch a video to learn more about New Hampshire’s SBIRT program aimed at preventing teen alcohol and drug use»

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