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THE NETWORK NEWS September 2003 Vol.2, Issue 8 Welcome to the September 2003 issue of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s newsletter, The Network News--the monthly forum for news about our collaborations, activities, and items of interest to the Network. This issue includes highlights about our upcoming Annual All-Network Meeting on December 11-13, 2003 in San Diego, CA, including a “Call for Workshop Proposals” and a “Call for Proposals for Collaborative Groups;” NEW address and phone number for the National Center-Duke; a listing of recent articles authored by Network members; and information about a selected number of conferences, events, and other resources. Complete information about these listings can be found at www.NCTSNet.org. The Network News and www.NCTSNet.org continue to compliment each other and evolve as Network members contribute information about their events and projects. If you have not yet contacted the National Center for your member login information, please email Iliane Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Send submissions for the October 2003 issue by COB Tuesday September 30 to email@example.com. Thank you all for your continued work and dedication on behalf of children, families and communities. Do you know someone who should be receiving The Network News? Send name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. ANNUAL ALL-NETWORK MEETING DECEMBER 11 through DECEMBER 13, 2003 SAN DIEGO, CA Online Registration AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1 Call for Workshop Proposals and Call for Proposals for Collaborative Groups DUE OCTOBER 10 National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 1 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org This year’s All-Network Meeting (ANM) will be held on December 11 - December 13, 2003, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort (www.loewshotels.com/hotels/sandiego/default.asp) in San Diego, CA. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday night, December 10, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; the meeting will officially begin Thursday morning, December 11, at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon on Saturday, December 13. The room rate at the Loews will be $110 per night. A link to our new online registration system will be available October 1, and more information about the meeting and accommodations will be sent to Network members at that time. It is expected that at least two representatives from each Network center will attend, as required by SAMHSA; up to four representatives from each center are welcome. If your center would like to bring more than four representatives, please contact Teresa Martling at email@example.com or 919/682-1552, extension 260. The National Center will be seeking proposals from Network centers and collaborative groups to conduct workshops during the All-Network Meeting. In addition, there will be opportunities for collaborative groups (e.g. committees, task forces, and working groups) to meet, but, because space is limited, there will also be a proposal process. A “Call for Workshop Proposals” and a “Call for Proposals for Collaborative Groups” are attached to this newsletter and will be available on the Network members-only section of the www.NCTSNnet.org Submissions are due to the National Center by October 10. If you have any questions or suggestions about the Call for Proposals or the meeting program, please contact Jenifer Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310/235-2633, extension 226. We are looking forward to a sun-drenched and tunnel-free experience at this year’s meeting! NCCTS-Duke Has Moved! We are excited to announce that the Duke office of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) has moved into two new locations across the hall from our old offices. The NCCTS National Resource Center (NCCTS NRC) has established its own space that will accommodate a resource library and new staff. The rest of the National Center is down the hall in a separate suite of offices where our staff is now more consolidated. While our email addresses remain the same, please note our NEW phone numbers and addresses: NCCTS-Duke/NRC NEW Main Phone Number 919/682-1552 NCCTS-Duke NEW Mailing/Street Address 905 W. Main St; Suite 24-E, Box 50; Durham NC 27701 NEW Campus Address DUMC Box 3438; Durham NC 27710 NEW NCCTS-Duke FAX: 919/ 667-2350 National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 2 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org NCCTS National Resource Center (NRC) NEW Mailing/Street Address 905 W. Main St; Suite 23-D; Box 50; Durham NC 27701 NEW Campus Address DUMC Box 3439; Durham NC 27710 NEW NCCTS NRC FAX: 919/ 667-9578 Spotlight on Collaborative Activities Residential Treatment Working Group Seeks New Members The Residential Treatment Working Group is seeking NCTSN members to participate in an upcoming October 2003 conference call to discuss and establish the mission and objectives for the group. Anticipated projects include explorations of assessment, intervention, and treatment models currently used in youth residential treatment. The group will identify best practices and modify existing treatment and assessment tools to include a trauma focus. This working group was established with a face-to-face meeting last March 2003 in Los Angeles, CA, with representatives from ten Network centers and two organizations outside of the Network (Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Boys Town, Nebraska and Hathaway Children’s Clinical Research Institute in Sylmar, California). Joseph Benamati of the Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, NY chairs this group; Brian Farragher of the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY serves as co-chair. The group invites participation from any new or existing Network centers who provide residential trauma treatment. Inquires or interest can be directed to Joseph Benamati (email@example.com) or Debbie Ling at the National Center – UCLA (firstname.lastname@example.org). Video Presentations About Network Centers Now Available on www.NCTSNet.org Video presentations about each Network center can now be viewed online. Just log in and go to the “Your Partners” page (under “Network Activities”) to search a database of Network centers. Click to view a center’s information, then click where it says “view video presentation” and the video clip should begin to play. Each of these video presentations, also available on CD, was recorded at one of our previous All-Network Meetings. If you have any difficulty accessing these video presentations, please contact Peter Kung at email@example.com or 310/235-2633, extension 237. If you have not yet contacted the National Center for your member login information or you need information about logging onto the website, contact Iliane Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310/235-2633 extension 221. In anticipation of the second anniversary of 9/11, new resources related to family and school preparedness are available online. These materials are accessible from the NCTSNet home page, National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 3 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org or you can go directly to News and Events and click on the feature boxes to access materials including the Family Preparedness Plan and Wallet Card, Checklist for Schools, and a PDF of Serving America: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Responds to September 11. Also, look for new “For School Personnel” and “Terrorism and Disaster” pages later this month. NCTSN 9/11 School Preparedness Initiative The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), spearheaded by the School Crisis and Intervention Unit and the Terrorism and Disaster Branch, has launched the School Preparedness Initiative in memory of the children and families impacted by the terrorism on September 11, 2001. In the weeks surrounding the anniversary of 9/11, Network centers will meet with 25 school districts nationwide to assist them in crisis and disaster planning. NCTSN partners are disseminating two new tools to help families and schools prepare for future disasters and terrorism: A checklist for schools, prepared in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education, to help administrators and principals assess and address the mental health issues that go along with ensuring the safety and well-being of students and school personnel before, during and after an emergency. Informational resources for families including a family preparedness guide and wallet card that will help families be prepared in the event of a disaster. A “Family Preparedness Plan” will help make sure that families are “on the same page” when it comes to planning for whom to call and where to meet. The wallet cards include important telephone numbers and website addresses for emergency information. Both products are available on the Network website at www.NCTSNet.org. Thanks to all who agreed to participate in this initiative. Welcome New NCCTS Staff Cassandra Kisiel, PhD, joins the National Center at UCLA as our Training Core Director. Cassie previously served as the Associate Director of Child Research for the Trauma Center, one of the Network's Community Treatment and Services Centers, and she has been an active member of the NCTSN Measures Committee. Cassie has considerable experience implementing and evaluating innovative programs for traumatized children, designing assessment protocols, and training providers from various service sectors on child trauma assessment. Her research interests center on resiliency and protective factors, and she has a strong interest in training and curriculum development for clergy groups. Ramesh Raghavan, MD, PhD, joins the National Center at UCLA as our Policy Director. Before coming to the Center, Ramesh served as a Public Health Fellow with the UCLA / RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion. Originally trained as a psychiatrist, Ramesh completed a fellowship at the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA, and received his doctorate in health policy at the UCLA School of Public Health. Ramesh's current work is on understanding the effects of National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 4 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org state Medicaid policies on access to mental health services for children in the child welfare system. Susan Ko, PhD, joins the National Center at UCLA as our Service Systems Core Director. Susan served as the Clinical Director of the Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Columbia University for the past 2 ½ years where she worked with 40 sites across the country to implement standardized assessments in juvenile detention settings. She brings experience working across a range of child-serving systems, including schools, hospitals and general medical settings, and with families involved in the child welfare system. Her research interests have centered on cultural issues, particularly among Asian American adolescents. NCTSN Reading of the Month Co he n, J . A . & M a n n ar i o , A . P. (1 9 9 8 ) . F ac to rs T h at M edi ate Tre at m en t O utco me o f S e xu al l y A bus ed Pre sc ho o l C hi l dren : S i x an d 1 2 - M o nt h Fo l l o w - up. Jo ur n al o f t he A m eri c a n A c a de m y o f C hi l d & A do l esce n t Ps yc hi at r y , 3 7 : 4 4 - 5 1 . This month’s article is a follow-up study evaluating the mediating treatment factors for sexually abused preschool children. The role of familial, demographic, developmental, and treatment- mediating factors on treatment outcome of sexually abused preschool children was evaluated at 6 and 12 months post-treatment. The findings indicate that parental support had a strong impact on treatment outcome, which shows that parental interventions in treating sexually abused preschool children is important. The study also highlighted that cognitive-behavioral therapy was more effective than supportive counseling You can download a copy of the article directly from www.NCTSNet.org under the Resource Center area - Research Library. If anyone has difficulty finding the article or has other recommendations on the assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse for other featured readings, please contact Melissa Brymer at email@example.com. RESOURCES – EVENTS - ANNOUNCEMENTS Recent Articles Authored by NCTSN Members Koenen, K.C., Moffitt, T.E., Caspi A., Taylor A., Purcell, S. (2003) Domestic violence is associated with environmental suppression of IQ. Development & Psychopathology. 15, 297-311. Stein, B.D., Jaycox, L.H., Kataoka, S.H., Wong, M., Tu, W., Elliott, M.N., Fink, A. (2003). A mental health intervention for schoolchildren exposed to violence: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 290, 603-611. Winston, F.K., Kassam-Adams, N., Garcia-España, F., Ittenbach, R., Cnaan, A. (2003). Screening for risk of persistent posttraumatic stress in injured children and their parents. Journal of the American Medical Association. 290, 643-649. National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 5 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry announced that the winner of the 2003 Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement is Michael Scheeringa of Tulane University, for his paper, "New Findings for Alternative Criteria on PTSD in Preschool Children." The award is given annually for the best paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Scheeringa has pioneered work on PTSD in early childhood and is active in the Early Trauma Treatment Network of the NCTSN. Scheeringa, M.S., Zeanah, C.H., Myers, L., Putnam, F.W. (2003). New findings on alternative criteria for PTSD in preschool children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 42(5), 561-570. SAMHSA Releases Training Manual for Developing Competitive Grant Applications In an effort to provide new grant applicants with the guidance needed to prepare competitive grant applications, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the manual “Developing Competitive SAMHSA Grant Applications: A Participant Manual.” The Participant Manual is designed to help all potential applicants including community and faith-based organizations develop comprehensive, competitive federal grant applications. The full document is available online at www.samhsa.gov and is available from SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1-800-729-6686 and SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Clearinghouse at 1-800-789-2647. The Participant Manual offers both workshop assistance and take-home reference materials. Comments about the manual’s content are welcome. Send suggestions and comments via email to TAManual@samhsa.gov. ADAA 2004 Call for Papers The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is inviting submissions of abstracts for the 24th Annual Conference being held March 11-14, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, Florida. The Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers, clinicians, and consumers to learn first-hand about the latest research, clinical practices, and self-help methods from experts in the field of anxiety. This year's theme focuses on Normal and Pathological Anxiety: Implications for Treatment. Please visit the ADAA website, www.adaa.org, for complete details on abstract submission and to submit online or to download a submission form. Check back regularly for conference updates, program information, and to register online. See the online Events Calendar for upcoming deadlines and other news. Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute Trapped By Poverty/Trapped By Abuse Research Conference The Center for Impact Research, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and the University of Texas School of Social Work are pleased to announce the fourth Trapped by National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 6 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org Poverty/Trapped by Abuse Research Conference October 17-19, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin, Texas. The Trapped by Poverty/Trapped by Abuse Research Conference brings together researchers, policy makers, service providers, advocates, and elected officials to learn more about these relationships, to explore effective policy responses, and to hear about innovative service delivery strategies. Additional co-sponsors from the University of Texas at Austin include the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Women's Studies Department, the Gulf Coast Addictions Technology Transfer Center, and the Addiction Research Institute at the Center for Social Work Research. Community co-sponsors include the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence and SafePlace, Austin, Texas. The preliminary conference schedule, hotel information, and registration information is now available on the web at www.ssw.umich.edu/trapped/conference.html. National Health Law Program Makes Language Services Action Kit Available The National Health Law Program and the Access Project have made available a Language Services Action Kit. This action kit will aid advocates and health care providers working to ensure that people with limited English proficiency in their state get appropriate language assistance services in medical settings. According to federal laws, health care providers are required to provide language services in all medical settings. Many providers say they do not have the funds to provide these required services. The action kit provides information for advocates and health care providers about federal funds that are available to help states pay for language services for patients covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Language Services Action Kit costs $25. To place an order, please email your mailing and billing information to: firstname.lastname@example.org www.NCTSNet.org In just a short time, www.NCTSNet.org has become a central spot for all of our Network information and activities. Members can access a searchable, online database of Network contacts, and graphically display “maps” of Network programs serving different trauma populations. If you have not yet contacted the National Center about your Network username and password information or you have questions about accessing or navigating the site, please contact Peter Kung at email@example.com or Iliane Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org. T h e N C T S N P a r t n e r s a r e a contains information to facilitate your participation in the Network and collaboration with other NCTSN centers. Learn more about: National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 7 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org *Your Partners Pages for each Network center, including abstract, contact information, and descriptions of major programs. *Collaborative Activities Pages for each Committee, Task Force, and Working Group, including summaries of their activities, members and contacts, meeting minutes and plans, and discussion boards. *Network Maps Pages organized by trauma type, displaying information about Network partners' programs, with links to full descriptions and contact information. *Forms and Guidelines Essential information for Network partners, including templates, guidelines, policies, and resource documents. *Network Events Calendar Activities, milestones, and deadlines presented month by month. Also your link to live on-line chat events with Network partners. *Sustainability Resources and links related to funding and sustainability. REMINDER: October 2003 Issue Submission Deadline is COB Tuesday September 30, 2003 Please send your notice of events and projects, and news items of interest to the Network to Thérèse Murdza email@example.com. Thanks for sharing YOUR news with other NCTSN Partners! National Child Traumatic Stress Network The Network News, September 2003, Vol.2, Issue 8 Page 8 of 8 www. NCTSNet.org
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