News From The Field

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»

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”.

Read the article on improved resiliency following trauma-focused CBT»

Study: Effects of Trauma-Informed Care Training

March 7, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Research recently published in Children and Youth Services Review includes the authors’ evaluation of the effectiveness of a training program using a modified version of a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) curriculum accessible through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The study found that participants’ TIC knowledge increased after training, and their knowledge was still maintained in the 12-month follow-up test.

Read the article on the evaluation of trauma-informed care training»

New Research Finds Unique Fingerprint-Like Pattern in Human Brain

February 28, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A study by researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway published recently in Nature Neuroscience, found unique, fingerprint-like patterns in the human brain. These unique network patterns develop during childhood and adolescence. Children and adolescents with mental illness symptoms were found to have a delay in the way these brain network patterns developed.

Read more about the research on brain network maturation»

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»

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»