Resource of the Week: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This section of NCTSN.org provides information about the Network itself.
The NCTSN Mission is: To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
The NCTSN works to accomplish its mission of serving the nation’s traumatized children and their families by:
- Raising public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child traumatic stress on the safety and healthy development of America’s children and youth.
- Advancing a broad range of effective services and interventions by creating trauma-informed developmentally and culturally appropriate programs that improve the standard of care.
- Working with established systems of care including the health, mental health, education, law enforcement, child welfare, juvenile justice, and military family service systems to ensure that there is a comprehensive trauma-informed continuum of accessible care.
- Fostering a community dedicated to collaboration within and beyond the NCTSN to ensure that widely shared knowledge and skills become a sustainable national resource.
The site has EXCELLENT resources for teachers and therapists on topics including
- Community and School Violence, Complex Trauma, Domestic Violence, Early Childhood Trauma, Medical Trauma, Natural Disasters, Neglect, Physical Abuse
- Refugee and War Zone Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Terrorism, and Traumatic Grief
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