News From The Field
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.
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.
England’s NHS Applying Coordinated Care Approach to Health Care
April 12, 2017 | Emily Taylor
This recent article from The Guardian describes the implementation of “Wraparound-style” coordinated care in certain parts of England. Part of a larger effort to improve patient outcomes and lower costs, this initiative is resulting in more in home care for the large population of older adults in the Dorset region.
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.
Child Trends Guidebook on Quality ECE
March 30, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A new resource from Child Trends, “Defining and Measuring Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education (ECE): A Guidebook for Policymakers and Researchers” offers a common definition of high-quality early care and education and a set of indicators for measuring access. This guidebook is intended as a tool to help policymakers make high-quality care accessible to more children.
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Resource Guide: Culturally Responsive Approaches
March 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families has published Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations. The resources identified in this new guide can help organizations understand the role of culture in their work, and develop or adapt services for clients of different cultures, with the goal of working more effectively across cultures.
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.
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.