News From The Field

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»

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»

Researchers identify mental health screening tools, barriers for Latino children

January 30, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical looked into existing culturally sensitive tools for mental health screening Spanish-speaking parents in order to increase pediatricians ability to conduct mental health screening in Latino families. As a result, they have identified a culturally sensitive set of tools that are freely available to pediatricians, take less than 10 minutes to use, are in easy-to-read Spanish, and assess a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems. These four screening tools are the: Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)-17-question version, the PSC-35-question version, the pictorial PSC-35, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.

Read more about mental health screening tools for Latino children»

Resource: Putting the Outcomes-Based Principle into Action Part One: A Guide for Wraparound care coordinators

January 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new resource is now available on the NWI site: “Putting the Outcomes-Based Principle into Action Part One: A Guide for Wraparound Care Coordinators.” This guide was prepared by Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, Spencer W. Hensley, Eric J. Bruns and Ryan Paragoris of the University of Washington School of Medicine Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, to provide concrete guidance to Wraparound care coordinators about how to apply theessential Wraparound principle of being outcomes based.

Download the Wraparound Coordinator Guide»

Access the webinar recording on this topic along with other past webinar recordings and resources»

KSOC-TV on Jan. 26: Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color

January 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

On January 26 at 2 p.m. ET, KSOC-TV will release the interactive webisode, “Intersecting Identities Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color.” This webisode will focus on issues affecting LGBTQI2-S youth of color and share ways to help providers, after-school program facilitators, families, and youth understand the intersection of identities and the associated challenges of trauma, suicide, and resilience. Participants will learn strategies to address behavioral health challenges and facilitate healing among children, youth, and families. State and local community leaders, health care providers, child- and youth-serving agencies, schools, LGBTQI2-S supporting organizations, and caregivers are encouraged to watch and participate in the webisode.

Watch the live webcast on January 26 at 2 p.m. ET»

Access previous KSOC-TV webisodes»