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NCTSN May 2021 Spotlight []


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Positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. It promotes positive youth development, resiliency during difficult times, and recovery. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, children have faced unprecedented challenges, including making sudden and significant changes to their daily routines and dealing with the separation or sudden death of a loved one from afar. The NCTSN has resources to help parents, caregivers, child welfare workers, and providers support the mental health of children and help them thrive.

NCTSN Resources Related to Understanding Child Traumatic Stress
Serves as a guide for child-serving professionals and families new to the information available through the NCTSN including an overview of the NCTSN, along with a brief introduction to child traumatic stress, its causes, and consequences.

What is Child Traumatic Stress?
Defines child traumatic stress. This fact sheet gives an overview of trauma, describes traumatic stress symptoms, and ways children may be impacted.

The Impact of Interpersonal Trauma in Early Childhood and Ways We Can All Help
Discusses the impact of trauma and young children including its impact on brain development; its impact on social, emotional, and cognitive development; and its impact on parent-child relationship and parenting dynamics. Dr. Reyes also describes trauma-informed interventions, common factors in most trauma treatments, and ways that providers can promote empowerment, hope, and safety.

Attachment Vitamins: Interactive Course on Early Childhood Attachment, Stress, and Trauma
Helps learners support children and families through the early years of a child’s life. This course offers ways to create a trauma lens through which providers and parents can view and better support young children as they grow and learn. In these interactive lessons, learners will walk through concepts such as understanding a child’s context, what attachment is, temperament and parenting style, trauma exposure in young children, mental health concerns, cultural considerations, and self-care tips.

The 12 Core Concepts: Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families
Outlines and describes The 12 Core Concepts: Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families.

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
Supports caseworkers, supervisors, and all other levels of the child welfare workforce in implementing trauma-informed knowledge and skills in their daily interactions, professional services and organizational culture. The third edition of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) incorporates two foundational trainings, a specialized skills training for supervisors and caseworkers, and a supervisor consultation series to enhance transfer of learning into day-to-day practice.

Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Online
Is a centralized resource for providers and resource parents who are using or interested in using Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents in their communities.

What is Complex Trauma: A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them
Offers information about complex trauma, how it can impact youth, both good and harmful coping strategies, and ways to improve. This guide is for youth who have experienced complex trauma or who know someone who has. Clinicians, caregivers, and other adults can also use the guide to have conversations with youth about what complex trauma is.



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