The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) held the 2017 National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) All Network conference on April 25-27 in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme was “Serving Children and Families Who Have Experience Trauma: Building a Trauma-Informed Nation.” With a continued commitment to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for children and families, the conference brought together individuals, agencies, and organizations from all over the world come together to share their work and educate the public.
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services, and Interventions, at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, showcased their most recent public awareness campaign on complex trauma, “Remembering Trauma.” As part of their campaign they created a short film and resource site in collaboration with partners from NCTSN.
“Remembering Trauma: Connecting the Dots between Complex Trauma and Misdiagnosis in Youth” is a short film (16 minutes) that highlights the story of a traumatized youth from early childhood to older adolescence by illustrating his trauma reactions and interactions with various service providers (including probation officer, school counselor, and therapist). This product was created in order to support the critical importance of using a trauma lens in our work within child-serving systems and the potentially detrimental impact of not incorporating a trauma framework. We believe this resource can serve as a powerful educational and awareness raising tool.
Visit www.RememberingTrauma.org for additional stats and resources.
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