Culture and Trauma

In this series, NCTSN clinical and research experts address a variety of issues at the intersection of culture and trauma in children and adolescents. Presentations address clinical, organizational, and staff training issues and describe unique challenges faced by specific populations at high risk for traumatic stress.

The presenters will share current information about refugee arrivals in the US and refugee mental health needs and best practices. They will discuss how host communities/service providers need to take trauma and loss into consideration as they support refugees. Presenters will discuss refugee core stressors and highlight the importance of creating trauma-informed, culturally accessible services. Additionally, they will utilize Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) as an example of an intervention specifically tailored to address the needs of refugees.
In this webinar Angela Keyes and Anna Smyke provide an introduction to white privilege and its historical underpinnings. The presenters define and identify personal and professional microaggressions. The traumatic impact of Hurricane Katrina with particular focus on African American families is also discussed. The presenters also discuss cultural competence vs. cultural humility.
In this webinar Thema Bryant-Davis discusses the relationship between spirituality, religiosity, and psychological trauma. She addresses the therapist's role in assisting children to reconcile conflicts with spirituality and religiosity. Therapeutic approaches and interventions are presented.
In this webinar presenters discuss the development of Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR). SFCR engages family through a multi-family group format, addresses trauma-specific treatment goals and strengthens family processes impacted by urban poverty and chronic trauma. SFCR utilizes family coping resources as mechanism of change and family routine/ritual as a mechanism ofdelivery. The presenters describe the development of the training model as well as the components within the model.
In this webinar Lisette Rivas-Hermina helps participants learn how to stay focused while still respecting the client and familys values in their home. She explains the components of TF-CBT and the difficulties the intervention addresses.She recommends self-reflection in supervision and describes how to use yourself to engage the client and family. The presentation also addresses vicarious trauma and self-care.
In this webinar Maricella Mendez Sherwin discusses strategies to engage Latino clients in CPP treatment. She makes participants aware of factors that may predispose Latinos to violence and cultural influence on response to trauma and depression. She describes CPP through the use of a case example. During the presentation she outlines eight guideposts a therapist can use to strengthen the relationship with a family. She concludes her presentation with a discussion of the importance of including the father in therapy.
In this webinar participants learn strategies to make services culturally-responsive to the needs of the Latino immigrant population. Speakers address factors inherent to the immigration process such as bilingualism, sense of self, acculturation, impact over identity, culture, and trauma. Using personal experiences the presenters discuss how Latino clinicians have used their immigration experience in their clinical work.
In this webinar Dante Jimenez discusses the stigma around Hispanics seeking mental health treatment. During the presentation he provides background information on Hispanics in the United States. He suggests that while the nature of a traumatic event itself has powerful effects on treatment outcomes, other social (systemic) factors, such as stigma surrounding treatment, play equally important roles. In addition to stigma, some other systemic factors that affect Latin American children are immigration history and status, nationality, level of acculturation, and the need for culturally sensitive methods of engagement in treatment and service delivery. He discusses how these factors have been addressed in a border town clinic which utilizes TF-CBT.
This webinar highlights best practices in screening and assessment for refugee youth. The presenters address the following topics: 1) challenges and key issues when conducting mental health assessments with refugee children and adolescents; 2) evidence-based screening and assessment tools for refugee youth, and best practices in assessment administration (including information about translating assessments and existing assessments that have already been adapted for this population); and 3) best practices in the use of screening and assessment instruments for treatment planning and program evaluation.
In this webinar Thema Bryant-Davis discusses the role of religion and spirituality in trauma treatment and recovery. Culture guides the way children make meaning of and recover from trauma. Spirituality and religion are important aspects of culture for many. She defines spiritually competent care and outlines what competent care requires. During the presentation she describes the characteristics of counselors able to provide effective ecumenical psychotherapy. The presentation also addresses children's spirituality, religion, and mental health. Also addressed are the spiritual effects of various forms of trauma.In concluding, she encouragesclinicians to assess for spirituality and religion and when appropriate incorporate into interventions.
In this webinar Michael de Arellano discusses the general principles--at the level ofculture, family, and theindividual child--clinicians should consider when adapting a trauma treatment for non-majority populations. He also presents a focused case study of the effort to adapt Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Latino families.
In this webinar Susie Mullens and Andrea Hansen Ford discuss the trauma treatment needs of rural youth and families. The speakers describe their experiences providing services in rural areas. Trauma, mental health, and stigma are discussed, as well as some of the challenges inproviding trauma services inrural communities. The speakers offer suggestions for outreach activities and family engagement.
In this webinar June Parks and Brad Stolbach address the issues facing poor, urban African American children who deal with traumatic stress. They discuss how conceptions of race--and the fact of racism--have an impact on these children and their families. The speakers present statistics on the types of trauma African American children in urban areas experience, as well asother adverse experiences. Also covered in the presentation is societal traumatization and the legacy of slavery.
In this webinar Arlene Schneir and Danile Ballin provide statistics on the number and characteristics of homeless youth in the US. Presenters review the unique aspects of traumaamong runaway and homeless youth and identify the key treatment implications for this population.
In this webinar Karen Mallah and Ric Durity discuss the special challenges of treating deaf and hard of hearing children, and the hearing children of deaf parents, who have been traumatized. Their discussion includes an overview of the deaf culture and the influences on deaf identity development. The presenters address ways to work with an interpreter, and assessment and treatment adaptations are also discussed.
In this webinar Heidi Stern-Ellis and Al Killen-Harvey raise awarenessof the vulnerability to abuse and neglect among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adolescents. During the presentation the stages of sexual identity development as they relate to LGBTQ youth and the barriers to LGBTQ youth coming to terms with their sexuality are identified. Issues that arise in the child welfare arena are also discussed.
In this webinar Ernestine Briggs-King and Vivian Jackson stress that cultural competence requires organizations to have a clearly defined, congruent set of values and principles, and demonstrate behaviors, attitudes, policies, structures, and practices that enable them to work effectively cross-culturally. They discuss the five elements of cultural competence as well as linguistic competence. Examples of self-assessment questions for both organizations and individuals are also included.
In this webinar presenters provide a brief history of the NCTSN Partnering with Youth and Families Committee, share information about the Pathways document and how to incorporate it into consumer engagement, and discuss the mutual benefits of family and youth partnerships. The presentation focuses on building cultural competence into outreach to families.
In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of trauma- and substance abuse-focused EBTs for minority ethnic groups. Also presented is a summary of culturally responsive intervention elements. The presentation also addresses particular challenges experienced by Mexican-American youth in the border regions. Community-based cultural adaptations are presented.
In this webinar Lisa Conradi discusses the development and implementation of guidelines for providing services to Latino families affected by trauma. Luis Flores discusses the communication and linguistic competence needed to provide services to the Latino population. Susana Rivera talks about immigration and documentation issues which can affect Latinos' use of mental health services.
In this webinar Lisette Rivas-Hermina and Luis Lopez provide participants the opportunity to participate in a Spanish language presentation and experience first-hand the modifications implemented in TF-CBT. Participants learn appropriate Spanish language terminology that is acceptable in the general Latino population. Non-Spanish speaking participants experience the challenges of working with an interpreter. At the end of the presentation, participants take away examples of tools used to teach and discuss TF-CBT in Spanish.