News From The Field

A College Guide for Students with Disabilities

April 10, 2014 | John Ossowski

A guide to college financing for students with disabilities is available online.

Building Consensus on Residential Measures: Recommendations

April 1, 2014 | John Ossowski

The Building Bridges Initiative has released a report that aims to promote consensus on outcome and performance measures for youth residential programs. The report provides information about best practices, identifies common principles and proposes a set of core measures to improve the quality of residential interventions.

Findings about the Effects of Family Visitation on Incarcerated Youth

March 31, 2014 | John Ossowski

Findings from the Families as Partners Project reveal a positive correlation between family visitation and improved behavior and school performance among incarcerated youth. The study also suggests juvenile correctional facilities should change their visitation policies to promote more frequent visitation with families.

Words Unlocked: Poetry Contest for Youth

March 31, 2014 | John Ossowski

The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings is holding its second “Words Unlocked” poetry contest this month. The purpose of the contest is to encourage youth held in secure settings to explore the literary arts and find their own voices in poetry. Learn more about the contest, read last year’s winning poems and access curriculum materials.

Presentations from the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference

March 31, 2014 | John Ossowski

Did you miss going to Tampa this year? If so, you can access many of the presentations online.

Family Support Services and The Family Peer Advocate Service Delivery Model

March 31, 2014 | John Ossowski

This web page, from The Center for Mental Health Implementation and Dissemination Science in States (IDEAS), is a compilation of recent research that illuminates effective practice for family support providers and family peer advocates.

Teaching Children to Calm Themselves

March 31, 2014 | John Ossowski

Children who experience trauma can have strong emotional responses – and act out in ways that can isolate them for the support they need. Validating children’s emotions and teaching them self-calming techniques can have profound positive effects for children and their caretakers.

Traumas May Have Immediate Impact on Kids’ Health

March 19, 2014 | John Ossowski

New research from the University of Florida shows a connection between children’s experience of stressful events and their likelihood of developing mental, physical and learning disorders.

School Discipline: Positive Is Not Simply the Opposite of Punitive

March 19, 2014 | John Ossowski

Effective school discipline should be considered positive when children and youth learn character traits and virtues associated with self-discipline, self-determination and other forms of internal regulation. While traditional ‘negative’ forms of behavior compliance in schools can still play a role, more meaningful change is produced by teaching traits consistent with positive psychology.

Findings from the Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program

March 18, 2014 | John Ossowski

This report is now available from SAMHSA for free (although shipping charges may apply).