New Children’s Book:

NCTSN members at the Center for Child and Family Health in North Carolina have released Kindness in A Scary World, a story about a family that watches news coverage of a terrorist attack and the family's reaction to the event. The child questions why the attack happened and whether their family is safe. The parents honestly answer their child's many questions about the attack and help reduce their child's fear by focusing on positive ways the child can contribute to society.



New eLearning Course:
Creating Safe Scenes

Creating Safe Scenes is a free online training course that helps first responders—police, fire, and emergency medical services—work with individuals experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. It is designed to help first responders understand more about mental health, mental illness, and substance use disorders so they can better assess risks and apply the safest strategies for taking care of themselves and the individuals they serve. Creating Safe Scenes includes first-hand video accounts from responders and mental health consumers, quizzes, resources, and a final exam aimed at helping first responders understand how individuals come to experience a behavioral health crisis and how best to make a safe connection with an individual experiencing such a crisis. Responders will learn de-escalation strategies and strategies for developing community networks and referral resources, as well as ways to improve the safety of both the responder and the individual in crisis. Participants are eligible to receive 1.5 continuing education unit (CEU) credits from the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) after successfully completing this course.


New Book:
Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions that Promote Healthy Development

Network members Joy Osofsky, Phillip Stepka, and Lucy King are the authors of Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions that Promote Healthy Development. Infants and young children are vulnerable to multiple types of trauma, including neglect and sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Some believe that young children are not impacted by trauma and that, if they are, they will simply “grow out of it.” Continuing research, however, clearly demonstrates that trauma can alter young children’s neurobiological development and place them at risk for behavioral, social, emotional, linguistic, and cognitive problems across the lifespan. Despite these alarming findings, there is increasing evidence that early interventions can foster recovery and enhance resilience. The authors distill the vast literature on childhood trauma in this concise guide that reviews the effects of traumatic experiences and the treatments best suited for addressing them. They provide a detailed framework for selecting the most appropriate intervention based on specific criteria. Vivid case examples teach clinicians how to apply these treatments in real scenarios and support parents and caregivers as key attachment figures and sources of security in a child’s life. ​



New Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center:

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is excited to announce their new Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center website. This new TTA center can help with technical assistance to support your work with juvenile justice in Indian country by helping you access best practices, resources, and training; connecting you with tribal grantees currently funded by OJJDP; and offering information about the role of trauma-informed care in juvenile justice.





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.