On the Web: A New Resource for Child Traumatic Stress
The National Resource Center for Child Traumatic Stress, funded
by SAMHSA, has developed a comprehensive and easy-to-navigate Web
site with information and resources for counselors, families, and
others seeking to understand and treat child traumatic stress.
Developed to support the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
News, Winter 2003), the Resource Center's Web site provides families,
school personnel, and health professionals access to the developing
body of knowledge on the effects of domestic, school, and community
violence; traumatic bereavement; natural disasters; medical procedures;
and other traumas experienced by children from infancy through adolescence.
- Links for mental health professionals including the PILOTS
database—a catalogue of professional literature on post-traumatic
stress disorder—and articles and presentations by Network
- Articles and fact sheets on child traumatic stress, resilience
and recovery factors, and evidence-based approaches to service and
treatment in a variety of settings.
- A guide to family preparedness to help a family develop
an emergency plan, a communication plan, and an emergency supply
- A downloadable wallet card to keep contact information
of family members, schools, local authorities, and others.
- Disaster preparedness information specific to bioterrorism,
epidemics, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
- A checklist to evaluate the mental health component of
the school crisis and emergency plan for school personnel.
- Contact information for Network member organizations.
of the Resource Center's Web site continues as Network member organizations
develop and publish new findings and strategies. For example, a
resource area added recently focuses on child traumatic grief. Fact
sheets for parents and professionals, as well as information specifically
designed for the media, parents, pediatricians and pediatric nurses,
and school personnel, are included.
For more information, visit the National
Resource Center for Child Traumatic Stress Web site at www.nctsnet.org.
Additional links to information on children and disasters are available
on SAMHSA's Web site at www.samhsa.gov.
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