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Continuing Education from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Psychological First Aid Online
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.

Continuing Education Series
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. (1.5 continuing education contact hours per 1.5 hour presentation.) Current courses include Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice, Culture and Trauma, Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma, and The Role of Trauma Among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.

Psychological First Aid Online:
Continuing Education Series:

Back to School and Mental Health

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Mental Health America just announced new resources on student mental health.

“A student’s mental health is just as important as their general health,” said Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “We know the start of a new school year can be a stressful time for students all ages. These resources are designed to help everyone—students, parents and administrators—promote good mental health and ensure resources are available.”

The Back to Campus Toolkit includes fact sheets for students and information for colleges and universities about what types of services should be in place to address the mental health needs of the student body

A Back to School List of Tips provides important steps parents can take to support their child as he or she heads back to school.

Back to School Toolkit,
Back to School List of Tips,

SAMSHA Wellness Week Town Hall Kickoff

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative Webinar
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. EDT

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions for National Wellness Week 2013. This training teleconference is free and open to everyone. This Webinar will inform and inspire people to take action toward improving overall wellness by participating in National Wellness Week 2013. Specifically, participants will learn how to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their lives; how to join the wellness movement and get involved during National Wellness Week; and how the community will work together to achieve the goals of SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative.

Presenters include Betty Vreeland, Theresa Strawder, James H. Rimmer, and Kenneth Jue.

Register at:

Not Just the Baby Blues: Screening Can Help Address Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the Advice Column of Dr. Carolyn Clancy<>

According to 2010 Federal data more babies are born in July, August and September. Dr. Clancy reviews the signs and symptoms of major depression and discusses what you can do to get help for yourself or someone you know.

Webinar: National Council for Behavioral Health Integrating Addiction and Mental Healthcare

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

August 22, 2013  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Five mental health and five addiction provider organizations from around the country recently completed the National Council’s Co-Occurring Disorder Learning Community to improve their ability to provide effective integrated and comprehensive care for individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and addictions. The alumni sites will share their recipes for success in a two-part webinar series. The first webinar is tailored for mental health providers that want to learn to begin integrating addiction services.

More information and the link to register for the webinar are available online:

Rural Mental Health Materials

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) - Links to brochures, fact sheets, articles, research and organizations addressing mental health issues across rural America.

Rural America makes up 90% of the United States landmass and is home to approximately 25% of the U.S. population. Despite these proportions, rural issues often are misunderstood, minimized, and not considered in forming national mental health policy.1

Stigma is particularly intense in rural communities, where anonymity is difficult to maintain.2 The negative attitudes attached to having a mental disorder in a rural area can lead to under-diagnosis and under-treatment of mental disorders among rural residents. Additionally, finding a mental health provider and accessing care is more difficult in rural areas than urban areas, with persons with mental illnesses sometimes spending more time traveling to see a provider than at actual appointments.

Information on mental health issues in rural areas, including how to increase social inclusion and reduce discrimination, can be found in the materials available here:

Spotlight On Minority Mental Health

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

From the Health and Human Services Administration’s National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities Blog:

One in four.

That’s how many adults are facing mental health problems in our country – and there is evidence to suggest that the burden of mental health issues may be even greater among minority communities. But too often, the causes and consequences of untreated mental health problems are left out of the conversation when we talk about improving the health of our most vulnerable and underserved. For communities that are already confronting widespread barriers to health and opportunity, the consequences of mental health problems – among them, decreased worker productivity, increased economic costs to the health care system and heightened risk of premature death, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – can have a devastating toll.

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize the costly burden of mental health problems for diverse communities, and we shine a light on avenues for prevention, treatment, wellness and recovery. We acknowledge that mental health problems touch all communities, in all parts of our country – but that the struggle for equity persists in mental health as well.

To read the whole story, visit the blog site:

SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.

SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP):

OK2TALK: new campaign for teens and young adults with mental health issues

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

From the National Institute on Mental Health:

“On Tuesday, July 23, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) launched “OK2TALK,” a campaign to increase understanding and awareness about mental health in youth. The Tumblr-based community campaign includes television and radio ads in English and Spanish that feature teens and young adults opening up about their experiences with mental health. These ads aim to prompt conversation and let people know that help is available and effective. The site also encourages young adults and teens to share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope, and includes resources for those seeking help.

The “OK2TALK” campaign is inspired in part by the personal struggles of NAB President and former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith’s 22-year-old son, Garrett, who wrestled with depression and ultimately took his own life.” (Source:

To access the site:

Healthnet Summer Newsletter

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Healthnet, the University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health program, just published their summer newsletter for public librarians and others interested in consumer health information services. The newsletter highlights resources for summer food programs for kids, Lyme Disease, and enjoying the summer sun safely. An article summarizes the new DSM-5. The newsletter also includes several book reviews.

Healthnet newsletter

Healthnet’s website also includes resources guides for consumers and librarians. The resource guides for consumers feature information for caregiving, growing older, medical information in plain language, mental health resources, navigating the health care system, and patient advocacy. Discover these and more at:

Healthnet, the University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health program