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.

Download the research brief»

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.

Download the fact sheet»

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.

Access the guidelines»

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.

Access the Best Practices for Residential Interventions Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners»

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.

Read the research review»

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.

Read “When a Child Alleges Sexual Abuse by an Educator or other School Staff: An Educators’ Guide to Appropriate Response and Support”»

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.

Read the Q&A with NBCDI President and CEO Tobeka G. Green»

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.

Read about how data improves the quality of care for children who have experienced trauma»

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.

Access the presentation on The Importance of Family Involvement in Evaluation»

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.

Read about brain development»

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