Stephen Grcevich, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Key Ministry President, developed this series of blog posts for a teaching series conducted from September 17-November 5, 2013. Links to the posts in the series are presented here, along with a list of recommended resources for pastors, church staff, volunteers and parents seeking to serve kids and teens with depression and their families. For additional free resources and support in ministering to kids with disabilities and their families, check out the Key Ministry website.
September 17: The Many Types of Childhood Trauma
September 24: Why is Trauma More Traumatizing for Some Kids?
September 26: Trauma and Kids: A look at the Numbers
October 1: The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Brain
October 24: Treating the Traumatized Child or Teen
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.
The Network is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services through a congressional initiative: the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. As of November 2009 the Network comprises 60 members. Affiliate members—sites that were formerly funded—and individuals currently or previously associated with those sites continue to be active in the Network as affiliates.
Jolene Philo: PTSD and Kids With Special Needs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder most commonly associated with combat veterans that also affects children with special needs. In Jolene’s Inclusion Fusion presentation, she discusses six common myths and misconceptions about PTSD in children. She also authored an outstanding post on trauma in newborns that is among our most frequently shared resources.
Empowered to Connect, led by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael & Amy Monroe, offers a wide array of resources for adoptive and foster parents. They are all about helping parents create strong and lasting connections with their children in order to help them heal and become whole. They maintain an online library of articles, audio and video presentations covering a wide variety of topics for adoptive and foster parents as well as ministry leaders and professionals.