Saturday, May 21, 2011

Helping Children Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events

In conjunction with Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released their 2011 Short Report on Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events.


American Humane Association — along with Zero to Three, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the Child Welfare League of America and the Children's Defense Fund — recently released A Call to Action On Behalf of Maltreated Infants and Toddlers.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Community System of Care Improves Behavioral Health of Children Affected by Trauma

"Childhood exposure to traumatic events is a major public health problem in the United States. Traumatic events can include witnessing or experiencing physical or sexual abuse, violence in families and communities, loss of a loved one, refugee and war experiences, living with a family member whose caregiving ability is impaired, and having a life-threatening injury or illness. It is estimated that 26% of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event before the age of 4 years."

Children and youth affected by traumatic events improve their functioning when they can access effective community-based programs and supports, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

This report shows that after 12 months of accessing services within a community-based system of care, 44 percent of children and youth improved their school attendance, 41 percent improved their grades, and youth suicide attempts fell by 64 percent. In addition, the number of youth reporting arrests in the past 6 months fell by 36 percent.

Similarly the report shows that children and youth receiving trauma specific services experienced a 20 percent drop in the number experiencing problems at school, a 59 percent drop in the number with problems with suicidality, and a 57 percent drop in number of children engaging in delinquent behavior after 6 months of service.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Stay tuned for future blog entry on "Hidden Rules"

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Free Training on Trauma in Children and Families

Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and Their Families is an online tutorial for professionals who work with young children that explains the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and expands professionals' knowledge for intervention through consultation. The tutorial also provides valuable links to a range of resources for further learning and exploration, and includes concrete take home messages.

Those who complete the tutorial will be able to:
The free tutorial takes between 30 and 40 minutes to complete. It is the sixth in a series for mental health consultants and was funded by the Office of Head Start and developed by the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC).

The entire series of tutorials are housed on the ECMHC website: