Culture and Trauma Resources

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Addressing the Mental Health Problems of Border and Immigrant Youth (2009) (PDF)

This special report helps mental health care providers working in the Mexico-US border region understand the diverse cultural, socioeconomic, environmental, and political factors that daily impact the lives of their clients/patients. It offers guidance on how to provide culturally competent care while simultaneously addressing families' misconceptions and knowledge gaps about the causes of mental health problems and their treatment.


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Culture and Trauma Speaker Series

Since 2007, NCTSN clinical and research experts have addressed a variety of cultural and linguistic issues surrounding the treatment of trauma through the Culture and Trauma Speaker Series. The series is designed for Network members but is of value to clinicians, administrators, and policy makers who are interested in the intersection of culture and trauma in children and adolescents. Access the presentations through the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Access to all presentations in the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma is free, and continuing education credits are available.


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Culture and Trauma Briefs

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 3, No 1): Cultural and Family Differences in Children's Sexual Education and Knowledge (2008) (PDF)
Chidren's knowledge about sexuality varies with developmental age and across families and cultures. This brief examines some of the factors that influence this knowlege. It also offers suggestions to clinicians on how they may work with children who have been sexually abused or who are exhibiting inappropriate sexual behavior in a way that respects those differences.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 2, No 3): Preliminary Adaptations for Working with Traumatized Latino/Hispanic Children and their Families (2007) (PDF)
Find guidance for establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with Hispanic/Latino children and families. This brief also provides background statistical information on trauma among this population.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 2, No 2): Organizational Self-Assessment for Cultural and Linguistic Competence (2007) (PDF)
Find facts about Organizational Self-Assessment for Cultural and Linguistic Competence. This brief provides an overview of organizational cultural and linguistic competence, organizational assessment, and resources.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 2, No 1): Trauma Among Homeless Youth (2007) (PDF)
Find facts about trauma and homeless youth, trauma's consequences, and considerations for treatment.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 1, No 4): NCTSN Resources on Culture and Trauma (2006) (PDF)
Find a comprehensive update on NCTSN's culturally informed resources on child trauma. The Network recognizes that ethnicity, gender identity and expression, spirituality, race, immigration status, and a host of other factors affect not just the experience of trauma but help-seeking behavior, treatment, and recovery.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 1, No 3): Translation of English Materials to Spanish (2005) (PDF)
Find recommendations for translating materials from English to Spanish in order to develop Spanish resources that are culturally competent and capture valid and reliable information.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 1, No 2): Trauma Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and / or Questioning Youth (2006) (PDF)
Find information about risks of trauma exposure among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or openly questioning (LGBTQ) youth, statistics on trauma experienced by these youth, and consideration for treatment.

Culture and Trauma Brief (Vol 1, No 1): Promoting Culturally Competent Trauma-Informed Practices (2005) (PDF)
Find information about the impact of trauma and culture on children and adolescents, initial findings from the NCTSN Core Data Set on prevalence and treatment of trauma among diverse populations of children, and a description of the Network's broader view of culture and availability of expertise.


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Congressional Briefing on Culture and Trauma

American Psychological Association Congressional Briefing: Ethnic Minority Children Experiencing Traumatic Events: Promoting Mental Health and Resilience (November 16, 2005) (Video)
Video of a congressional briefing sponsored by APA on November 16, 2005. Barbara Bonner, Director of the Indian Country Child Trauma Center in Oklahoma and Alicia Lieberman, Director of the Child Trauma Research Project and ETTN in San Francisco, both represented the Network in a panel and presented on the impact of trauma on American Indian and young children specifically, and on ethnic minority children generally. They also discussed the impact of specific traumatic events, including Hurricane Katrina, community violence, and the impact of multiple traumatic events. Other panelists include Larke Huang, Luis Vasquez, and Portia Hunt.


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Refugee Trauma

The Network has developed resources on child and adolescent refugee trauma, including materials for educators and mental health professionals.


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Trauma-informed Interventions: Clinical Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information Project

Trauma-Informed Interventions: Clinical Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information Project (2008) (PDF), a collaboration between the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, was created to identify trauma-informed treatment interventions and to describe their level of cultural competency. The project was developed to assist mental health practitioners, policy makers, researchers, educators and clinicians in making treatment decisions that are based on clinical and research evidence.

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