News from the Field Related to Wraparound

Research: How to Protect Babies from Trauma Before it Happens

August 21, 2019 Emily Taylor

This article discusses the work of The JPB Research Network on Toxic Stress, a multi-university group of researchers working to develop measures to identify children’s relative vulnerability to stress, in hopes of allowing for earlier intervention and prevention.

Read the article»

Study: Possible Genetic Link between Children’s Language and Mental Health

August 21, 2019 Emily Taylor

A recent study led by the University of York found a possible genetic link between children with language disorders and poor mental health. The researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 5,000 children, clinical assessments on children’s language ability, and questionnaire responses from parents. The lead researcher, Umar Toseeb, said, “If our findings are confirmed in future work, it could mean that, rather than wait for children with developmental language disorder to show symptoms of poor mental health before intervening, mental health support is put in place as soon as language difficulties become apparent, as a preventative measure.”

Read more about the research»

Lessons Learned When Building the Evidence for a Child Welfare Practice Model

August 21, 2019 Emily Taylor

Child Trends recently issued this brief for the child welfare field to highlight lessons learned from the evaluation of Success Coach, a post-reunification program developed by Catawba County, North Carolina. The authors also discuss the implications for other jurisdictions who may want to implement and evaluate similar post-reunification services. According to the authors, the new Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) “offers an opportunity for agency leaders and practitioners to begin to build evidence of success.”

Read the brief»

New Free E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

July 10, 2019 Emily Taylor

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) is offering a free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The e-learning program, organized into four sections, is designed to develop behavioral health providers’ knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

Learn more and access the training»

Research on New Approach to Reduce Stress in Parents and Children

July 10, 2019 Emily Taylor

Two recent studies led by Philip Fisher at the University of Oregon Center for Translational Neuroscience focus on combining neuroscience, psychology and biology to address childhood mental health. One study used video-coaching to help caregivers recognize child-supportive behavior and the other looks at the relationship between oxidative stress and psychological disorders in children.

Read more about the research»

Resource: GLSEN Safe Space Kit for Schools

July 10, 2019 Emily Taylor

As part of its mission “to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) offers “The Safe Space Kit – A Guide to Being an Ally for LGBT Students.” The guide, intended for teachers, administrators and other school staff includes information on the issues facing LGBT students, specific suggestions on how to best offer support, and ways to educate and advocate.

Download the Safe Space Kit and Resources

Study on Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care

July 10, 2019 Emily Taylor

A study published in the July 2019 issue of Pediatrics tested an integrated behavioral health model in a large, primary pediatric care network in the Boston, MA area for five years. The findings suggest that integrating behavioral health (BH) in the pediatric setting can increase access to quality BH services without adding substantial costs.

Read the article abstract»

How Coaching Boosts Family Engagement

June 11, 2019 Emily Taylor

This brief from the Global Family Research Project describes some of the results of the Family and Community Technical Assistance (FACE-TA) project’s TA to Early Head Start sites in California. The brief includes short case studies highlighting the changes implemented as a result of the TA, such as including families in the planning of family engagement activities.

Read the brief on family engagement»

CHDI IMPACT Report: Helping Young Children Exposed to Trauma

June 6, 2019 Emily Taylor

A new IMPACT report from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI), provides a summary of the research on the effects of early trauma exposure and outlines Connecticut’s approach to early intervention, which can be useful for other programs. The report notes there are unique challenges in identifying the effects of trauma in very young children. Many young children not enrolled in early education programs and trauma symptoms are often misinterpreted as developmental delays or behavior problems. The report includes case studies on interventions in different settings and outlines key elements of trauma-informed systems.

Access the report and related video»

More Research on Pervasive Effects of Childhood Trauma

June 6, 2019 Emily Taylor

A research study published recently provided further evidence of the long-term negative impact caused by growing up in poverty and experiencing traumatic events as a child. The study’s senior author Ruben C. Gur, Ph.D., a professor of Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory, said “Parents and educators should become more aware of the special needs of children who are exposed to either adversity. Additionally, mental health professionals should be particularly on notice that traumatic events are associated not only with PTSD, but with elevations across domains including mood, anxiety, and psychosis.”

Read more about the study»

1 2 3 30