Interventions and Treatment Archives - NWI
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.