Special Populations


This section of the NCTSN Learning Center brings together resources focused on specific populations, including adolescents who have experienced trauma and substance abuse, homeless youth, and refugees. The courses in this section offer interactive online training modules, video lectures, case examples, assessment tools, and expert tips.
Provides training and materials for mental health clinicians and substance abuse treatment providers on the complex intersections between psychological trauma and co-occurring substance abuse and dependency. The course includes interactive online modules on understanding the links between traumatic stress and substance use among adolescents, a webinar and lecture presentation featuring expert faculty from the NCTSN, and a four-part Train-the-Trainer video series entitled “Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding and Working with Youth and Their Caregivers.”
The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, a consortium of agencies affiliated with the NCTSN, has developed a series of online lessons designed for direct care staff working with homeless youth, including staff working in drop-in centers, emergency shelters, transitional living programs, and independent living programs. This 11-lesson course covers a range of topics including adolescent development, adolescent risk behaviors, LGBTQ youth, HIV testing, legal and ethical issues, resiliency, and trauma among homeless and runaway youth. The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP) agencies have been actively collaborating since 1982, and HHYP was formally established in 1999. Its member agencies are among the pre-eminent experts on the issues of youth homelessness in Los Angeles, the current homeless capital of America. As service providers, HHYP works to achieve best practices in service delivery with the goal of strengthening interventions to help homeless youth exit the streets, overcoming the traumatic experiences at the core of their homelessness.
The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma Toolkit was developed by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) and the NCTSN Trauma & IDD Expert Panel, a national selection of individuals with expertise in trauma and IDD.
The Refugee Services Core Stressor Assessment Tool is a web-based tool designed to help service system providers understand the experience of refugee children and families, identify the needs associated with their mental health, and ensure that they are connected with the most appropriate available interventions. For more information about Refugee Trauma, visit the pages on NCTSN.org at http://nctsn.org/trauma-types/refugee-trauma.