National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers

By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD

Creative Commons [Flickr, Month of the Military Child, April 1, 2014]
Creative Commons [Flickr, Month of the Military Child, April 1, 2014]
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a number of excellent resources for mental health professionals who are working with military children and families.  The website features information on various types of trauma, a learning collaborative for spreading best practices, and training materials on trauma-related topics.  One publication on the NCTSN website, Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers [1], provides thought-provoking scenarios written from the perspective of a child who is faced with a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.  Tables are provided with scenarios common for young military children experiencing parental deployment, injury or death, suggest possible meaning of common behaviors, and provide ideas for ways to support children experiencing those scenarios. Information for practitioners on stressors facing military families, as well as how to best support these families is also provided. This publication is a great resource for practitioners working with military families who have young children.

References

 [1] ZERO TO THREE (2009). Honoring our babies and toddlers: Supporting young children affected by a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death. Washington, DC: Author.  Retrieved from: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/hbt-2.pdf.

This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.

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