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November 2008Vol. 9, No. 9The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Some children who are the victims of child maltreatment also experience traumatic stress due to either acute instances of maltreatment or to chronic maltreatment. Children who suffer from traumatic stress often need specific therapeutic treatment that targets the traumatic stress and its symptoms. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers information on children's traumatic stress and evidence-based interventions and treatments. NCTSN develops and disseminates evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education for traumatized children and their families. NCTSN is a group of 70 member centers that are currently or were previously funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through a congressional initiative.

Many resources (including some in Spanish) are available through the NCTSN website. Resources are grouped according to the target audience, including parents and caregivers, military families, educators, the media, and professionals in a number of social service disciplines, including disaster response, juvenile justice, and mental health. Resources include:

  • Training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, including a web-based course
  • Searchable Knowledge Bank that provides access and referral to print materials, audio and video productions, and the expertise of the NCTSN centers and individuals
  • Factsheets on empirically supported treatments and promising practices
  • Information on different types of trauma
  • Database of reviews of tools that measure children's experiences of trauma
  • Electronic newsletter, published quarterly, that highlights some of the successful programs
  • Information on writing grants and sustainability

Visit the NCTSN website for more information: