News From The Field

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»

Wraparound Conference in New Zealand

February 20, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Dr. Ruth Gammon of Massey University in New Zealand and Dr. Eric Bruns, co-director of the National Wraparound Initiative, were keynote speakers at a Wraparound conference at Massey University earlier this month. The event offered information and training workshops for those who work with at-risk children and families.

Read more about the Wraparound event in New Zealand»

Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt Named Honorary Chairpersons for SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

February 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has announced that Olympians Michael Phelps and Allison Schmidt will be the 2017 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Chairpersons. Open about their own behavioral health challenges, the gold medalists are ideal role models to help youth understand the importance of mental, as well as physical health. Phelps and Schmidt will speak at The Awareness Day 2017 national event on May 4, where they will be awarded with SAMHSA’s Special Recognition Award.

Read the news release about the 2017 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Chairpersons»

Research To Practice: Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth

February 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor

This recent post from stopbullying.gov, includes an interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., Director of The Family & Youth Institute and a leading researcher on American Muslim youth, about creating supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families. The post includes links to many related resources.

Read about creating supportive programs for Muslim youth»

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»

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»

Research: Maternal Depression Impacts Children’s Basis of Empathy

February 8, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry followed children of mothers with depression from birth to preadolescence to look at the impact of mothers’ depression on children’s neural empathic response. Researchers found the neural reaction to pain in others stops earlier for children of depressed mothers than in controls. The patterns of interaction between mother–child were also found to be a factor.

Read the article on the impact of maternal depression»

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»

What If All Children Could Attend Preschool?

February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors detail the benefits of preschool to children’s long term well-being and survey preschool standards in several European countries, where universal preschool is the norm.

Read about the benefits of preschool»

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