Tools and Resources Archives - NWI
Research on Benefits of Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School
April 17, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a research brief on the need to support social emotional learning (SEL) to improve behavioral and academic outcomes for students. The brief includes analysis of 20 years of research on SEL programs in K-12 schools. Overall, students who were provided SEL programs performed 11 percent higher in academic achievement and behavior measures, than those who did not have SEL programs. The brief also outlines recommendations for implementing SEL programs, including providing training and coaching for educators, supporting family and community partnerships and as well as policy support at the local, state and national levels.
Resource: NCTSN Fact Sheet on Complex Trauma in Urban African-American Children, Youth, and Families
April 14, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A new 4-page fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network discusses how families living in racially and economically segregated communities must also cope with the effects of historical trauma and inter-generational racism. It also outlines specific barriers that African-Americans may face in obtaining needed services and ideas for providers on building supportive relationships with African-American children and families who have experienced complex trauma.
Resource: Trauma Informed Oregon’s Guidelines for Discussing Traumatic Events
April 11, 2017 | Emily Taylor
Trauma Informed Oregon has created a set of recommendations on Discussing traumatic events and suicide in public meetings that may be a valuable resource for Wraparound coordinators and others when facilitating meetings. These recommendations for a trauma-informed approach may be helpful when preparing, facilitating and responding in a meeting when a participant is sharing personal experiences that may cause distress and trauma, such as suicide.
Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners: Best Practices for Residential Interventions
March 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) and the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have created a resource guide for judges and legal partners when deciding on the use of a residential intervention for children and adolescents. Although services and supports for youth and their families are generally best delivered in their home and community, there are circumstances when a residential intervention may be appropriate. This resource offers guidelines for evaluating residential programs, such as the criteria that consistent support for the family (birth, kin or foster) should always be included.
Research Review: Strategies to Improve Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents
March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor
At the end of 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a review of research in which they evaluated 17 studies to assess the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies focused on improving the mental health care of children and adolescents. They found that the majority of strategies had at least some evidence of effectiveness.
When a child alleges sexual abuse: A guide for educators
February 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created a guide for educators’ to help them in determining the best ways to respond and support students in the event of a child alleging sexual abuse.
Black History Month Q&A with NBCDI President and CEO Tobeka G. Green
February 21, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In this Q&A, Tobeka G. Green, President and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) shares ideas for helping children to appreciate diversity.
NCTSN Impact on Data Initiatives
February 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The latest issue of Impact from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) focuses on various ways in which the results of NCTSN’s extensive data collection initiatives have been used by providers and sites to improve the care they provide.
Resource: The Importance of Family Involvement in Evaluation
February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor
Presentation materials are now available from SAMHSA on the importance and value of engaging families in evaluation efforts related to system of care expansion. This resource should be of interest to those working in family-run organizations, including family leaders, evaluators, directors, managers, and other team members.
Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start!
February 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor
In this recent blog post, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, highlights current thinking on brain development from birth to age 25. The post includes links several resources for positive mental health development from infancy to early childhood and beyond.