RPC Online Safety Module: 
What Am I Missing? Learning the Difference between Being Safe and Feeling Safe

Your foster child didn’t come to your home with an instruction booklet. Even though you’ve done everything you can think of to make your child feel welcome and safe in your home, sometimes nothing seems to be working. This is where the new interactive course, What Am I Missing? Learning the Difference between Being Safe and Feeling Safe, comes in. Like a compassionate friend, Charlene, the guide in this module, offers insight into how trauma can cause troubling behaviors. Using a trauma lens, you will look at safety from your child’s point of view. The compelling case stories and interactive quizzes give you creative strategies to add to your foster parenting toolkit.

**Accessing this course requires participants to create a free user id and password

Irene Clements, Executive Director of the National Foster Parent Association, has seen many changes in how resource parents are viewed in her 27 years as a foster and adoptive parent and public policy advocate. During this 16-minute podcast, Clements tells podcast host Heather Biggar, LCSW, of the Maine Children’s Trauma Response Initiative, that resource parents are now seen as key players in the team effort to help children achieve permanency. She also points out that while resource parents are now “a voice at the table,” much remains to be done. Meaningful change will include acknowledging that entire resource families, and not just parents, are impacted by case planning  decisions. Clements urges parents to not only advocate one-on-one for their child, but to join with associations.


Wednesday 9am Pacific/10am Mountain/11am Central/12pm Eastern

Helping a Family with Traumatic Stress when a Child has Cancer

In this first webinar of the series, psychologist Anne Kazak will be joined by oncologist Eric Sandler and parents Vicki and Peter Brown to discuss an integrated approach to recognizing and responding to child and family traumatic stress when children have cancer. They will explore the effects of diagnosis and treatment on the child and family, discuss cultural considerations that may intersect with a family’s response, and describe their approach for assessing, managing, and treating traumatic stress.


Friday 9:00am Pacific/10am Mountain/11am Central/12pm Eastern

Substance Use and Trauma: Policy Challenges and Solutions

Speakers Holly Merbaum Strain, MPH, of Capitol Decisions, Inc.; Norma Finkelstein, PhD, Institute for Health and Recovery; Liza Suarez, PhD, of Urban Youth Trauma Center, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Joanne Peterson of Learn to Cope will present on the increasing national attention to the devastating effects of substance use across the lifespan.

Trauma exposure is common among youth and families experiencing substance use problems, and having both problems leads to greater need and impairment. Given the strong link between trauma and substance use, national policy efforts to address substance use must be trauma informed. This webinar will provide an overview of several national policy challenges and solutions in the area of trauma and substance use. Experts will highlight recently enacted and pending federal policy proposals to address substance use issues across the lifespan; discuss the substance use policy challenges facing child trauma practitioners assisting children, youth, and families; and discuss the work of the NCTSN and its Trauma and Substance Abuse Collaborative Group in addressing these issues. A family caregiver familiar with substance use issues will share experiences and policy-relevant recommendations.


Wednesday 9:00am Pacific/10am Mountain/11am Central/12pm Eastern

Trauma-Focused Interventions for Violence-Exposed Youth in Juvenile Justice Systems

Erna Olafson and Barbara W. Boat, both of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine will discuss their research on trauma-focused interventions with youth who have been exposed to violence conducted in juvenile justice facilities.

June Public Awareness Observances

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is proud to observe several public awareness campaigns this month. Access resources on these topics on our website.


  • The US Senate has designated June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone has been exposed to a single traumatic event or multiple traumatic events, such as sexual or physical assault, natural or man-made disaster, and war-related combat stress. The NCTSN joins the effort to raise awareness about PTSD by offering resources to help educate individuals, families, professionals, policy makers, and communities about the significant impact that PTSD has on men, women, and children.

  • The National Center for PTSD has designated the month of June as PTSD Awareness Month. In addition to information and links to resources, our webpage includes the testimonies of veteran service men and women describing their lives before and after treatment. Effective psychological interventions and drug treatments are available to assist those who suffer with PTSD to heal from their traumas and to lead healthy, productive lives.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (June 2016)

In June 2011 President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. The proclamation read, in part, “The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union.” In support of the goals of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, NCTSN has compiled a list of helpful links for educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, parents and caregivers, and youth. Visit the page to find speaker series, training presentations, briefs, videos, tip sheets, and more.

World Refugee Awareness Day (June 20th) and Month (June 2016)

The NCTSN invites you to join us in observing World Refugee Awareness Month and, on June 20th, World Refugee Awareness Day. In doing so, we focus on the millions of refugees who live around the globe, recognizing their plight as well as their valuable contributions to our communities. Please visit our site to find resources related to the needs of refugee children and families.



Network members and partners Alison Salloum, Wei Wang, John Robst, Tanya Murphy, Michael Scheeringa, Judith Cohen, and Eric Storch have co-authored Stepped Care Versus Standard Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Young Children, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(5), 614-622. Authors sought to compare the effectiveness and cost of a new service delivery method designed to address treatment barriers (Stepped Care Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [SC-TF-CBT]) to standard TF-CBT among young children who were experiencing posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). While they recommend further research, authors have concluded that the preliminary evidence suggests that SC-TF-CBT is comparable to TF-CBT, and that delivery costs are significantly less than standard care, suggesting that SC-TF-CBT may be a viable service delivery system to address treatment barriers.





This project was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.