Trauma-Informed Care Consortium 
of 
Central Texas
"Building a Community of Care for Children, Families and Providers"
Newsletter
June 2014
Table of Contents
Featured Article: Online Safety for Foster Care Children
Parenting in the "Major League"
Trust-Based Relational Interventions
Community Initiatives: Strategic Planning Committee
Community Initiatives: PTSD Awareness Month in June
TICC Meets Social Media!
TICC Members
The Trauma-Informed Care Consortium is funded by:

St. David's Foundation
and
Lexus of Austin
Spotlight on
Parenting Books!

 

The following reading list includes several different parenting and caregiving models for providing healing care to children affected by trauma:

 

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential--and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., PhD. and Maia Szalavitz

The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
 
 
 
 
Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
 
These materials can help caregivers with the knowledge they need to begin what The Attachment & Trauma Network calls "Major League Parenting."  This network also emphasizes the need for caregivers to take care of themselves so they are up to the task.
  
Upcoming Trainings
*Please check our website (www.traumatexas.com) for on-going updates and additions to our trainings calendar!

June
 

 
July


- 7/12/14



- 7/23/14 - 7/26/14

August


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Building Trauma-Informed Families 


Tracy N. Tanner, LPC, LMFT

Austin Child Guidance Center 

 

Welcome to our second Trauma-Informed Care Consortium newsletter. You may recognize that this newsletter is coming a little early to be considered a "quarterly" newsletter. We've already had such an overwhelming positive response from our last newsletter that we have decided to now offer it on a every-other-month basis. Each month will have a different "theme" and target a wide variety of audiences.

 

Our second newsletter is directed to families and caregivers, those who might consider themselves to be on the "front lines," dealing with day-to-day struggles with children who have experienced trauma in their lives. While our articles may be written with the parent or caregiver in mind, many other professionals will find the information relevant and helpful.

 

We hope you enjoy the content and welcome feedback from our readers! 

Featured
Article 
Online Safety for 
Foster Care Children 

Tips for Foster Families

 

 John DeGarmo, Ed.D.

Author, Trainer, Speaker, Foster Parent

  

While you are monitoring your foster child's online activities closer, you may wish to consider at the same time giving him a little more freedom. This may depend upon a number of factors.  To begin with, you may find that your foster child is particularly vulnerable to falling victim to hoaxes, scams, and false claims by others.  If so, your foster child is certainly not ready to have such freedom online.  Along with this, you may have a child placed in your home who is unable or unwilling to follow house rules that you have in place.  Furthermore, perhaps your foster child is one who is unwilling to share problems or concerns with you.  In either event, such freedom online is not appropriate, as the child is simply not responsible enough to be allowed access to social networking or online technology. If you feel that a foster child who is older than 12 years of age is mature, responsible, and trustworthy enough to have his own computer, cell phone, or online device, discuss this with the child welfare agent beforehand, as the agency may have some policies and regulations already in place.  Your foster child's case worker should certainly be made aware that the child has regular and consistent access online.  When giving this kind of freedom, it is also most important to stress with your foster child the house rules and the consequences involved in breaking any rules. Read More

 

Parenting in the 
"Major League"
 
Micki Marquardt, LCSW
The Helping Hand Home

Researchers in the field of resilience in children are identifying parenting skills that lead to greater success in life for children exposed to trauma.  Their findings highlight the importance of certain key parenting factors.  The Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation (Sroufe, Egeland, Carlson, & Collins) began in 1975 and continues to assess a large group of at-risk mothers and children.  The two most important factors of resilience identified by this groundbreaking study include whether or not the child was able to form a secure attachment to the primary caregiver, and whether or not that caregiver utilized specific parenting practices.  These key parenting skills are said to lead children to develop adaptive executive function.  New findings are uncovering those specific parenting practices that will provide our children with the support they need. Dr. Marion Forgatch of Oregon Social Learning Center and her colleagues (Forgatch, & Ogden 2006; Forgatch, Patterson, DeGarmo, & Beldavs, 2008) point to five key strategies for parents:

  • monitor and track your child's daily activities
  • set limits consistently
  • encourage skill development with positive reinforcement
  • problem solve for resolving conflict and negotiating
  • show positive attention and warmth

This sounds simple enough but parenting children with a history of trauma takes a high level of skill, patience and support for the caregiver. Check out the Spotlight Section for helpful reading materials!

 

Trust-Based Relational Interventions for Caregivers
 
Bronwyn Seay, LPC
The Settlement Home for Children

Our March newsletter announced the Travis County Collaborative for Children (TCCC) initiative that brought Texas Christian University to Travis County for trainings in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI).  The week long trainings in March and April proved to be a successful introduction of the model, and we'd like to provide you with an update of its valuable teachings.

 

During the training, the presenters incorporated TBRI strategies and philosophies by supplying the attendees with nutritious meals and snacks every two hours, providing opportunities to re-energize, and keeping everyone well hydrated. For practitioners and caregivers who implement and use this model, one fundamental component is that children who have been victim to a trauma require just as much attentiveness to their psychological needs as they do to their physiological needs. Caregiver responsiveness is a key factor in healing trauma in children. Read More

Community 
Initiatives 
TICC Strategic Planning Committee

TICC is seeking out current members to participate on the committee that will help develop ideas and tools for measuring the impact of trauma education in the community. Our survey results were collected in May and indicated many useful ideas that will help guide the Strategic Planning Committee on action steps that can be taken. 

If you have an interest in joining this committee, please contact scrosbie@austinchildguidance.org.
 
PTSD Awareness in June
 
 
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, and June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. 
 
1. Discover the Facts. (Learn PTSD Basics
2. Watch and Learn. (Take the mystery out of PTSD by learning from others)
3. Work together.
4. Help Someone. Help Yourself. (Get help for PTSD)
5. Give Support. Get Support. (Effects of PTSD on families)
6. Share What You Learn. (#PTSD)
TICC Meets Social Media!

Not only can you receive information via our website at www.traumatexas.com, 
you now can connect with TICC on Facebook! Be sure to click on the link and "like" us! We'll provide updates, reminders about the meetings and pertinent information that pertains to trauma-informed care.
TICC 
Members 

Chair

Seanna Crosbie

Austin Child Guidance Center

 

Co-Chair

Renee Calder Price

Caring Family Network

 

Organizational Members

Any Baby Can - Katie Ryan 

Austin Child Guidance Center - Seanna Crosbie, Stephen Kolar, Tracy Tanner, Codi Tranel

Austin ISD - Kathy Palomo 

Austin ISD Campus Based Counseling Referral Centers - Melissa Acosta

Austin Children's Shelter - Maren Strachan

Austin Recovery - Trish Rivera 

Austin Travis County Integral Care - Melody Palmer-Arizola

Caring Family Network - Renee Calder Price

Casey Family Programs - Marilyn Waters

Center for Child Protection - Barbara Jefferson

Communities in Schools of Central Texas - Kris Downing

Community Advancement Network (CAN) - Hannah Brown

Community Yoga Austin - Shawn Kent

Court Appointed Special Advocates - Charron Sumler

Dell Children's Medical Center - Sally Freeman

Easter Seals

El Buen Samaritano - Donna Shanor

Helping Hand Home - Micki Marquardt

Juvenile Support Network - UT Austin - Wanda Nelson

LifeWorks - Rob Thurlow

Safe Place - Linda Herbert

Spirit Reins - Rhonda Smith

Texas Department of State Health Services - Emily Parks

Texas Network of Youth Services - Lara O'Toole

The Settlement Home - Bronwyn Seay

Travis County Juvenile Probation - Erin Foley

UT Child and Family Research Institute - Monica Faulkner

YWCA Greater Austin - Laura Gomez-Horton

 

Website Committee

Stephen Kolar - Website Liaison, Codi Tranel - Coordinator,

Kevin Schoenberger, Laura Gomez-Horton, Trish Rivera

 

Newsletter Committee

Tracy Tanner - Newsletter Liaison, Codi Tranel - Coordinator,

Bronwyn Seay, Micki Marquardt