Working with Youth

United Nations Children's Fund

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), founded in 1946, advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles.

Save the Children

Save the Children is an international program addressing the needs of children throughout the world. They have developed a compendium of resources called Action for the Rights of Children (ARC). Assistance for direct providers of care as well as for those interested in institutional and/or programmatic support is included on the Web site. ARC offers curricula and lesson plans for working with affected youth.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a collaboration of treatment centers from all over the US who have formed a coalition. It is a federally-funded program which helps to improve the quality, effectiveness, and availability of therapeutic services for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. The Web site offers a resource center with information for parents & caregivers, professionals, and schools. It also offers various articles offering education and best practices related to trauma.
Specifically, see the NCTSN's Measures Review Database for reviews of tools that

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance program whose primary purpose is to help address the needs of refugee youth, children, and families. They offer a clearinghouse of resources including articles, search engines, and other ways to access information helpful to addressing the needs of refugee youth. They also include relevant targeted resources for professionals, researchers/policymakers, educators/parents, and program managers.

Serving Children who are Torture Survivors

Synopsis

This webinar is intended for therapists working with children who are torture survivors or war traumatized, and it discusses two specific ways of working with these children therapeutically instead of discussing methods to broadly serve them. It also applies to therapists practicing Somatic Psychology and/or Dance Movement Therapy, though non-practitioners can include applicable elements in their own practices.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a collaboration of treatment centers from throughout the United States that have formed a coalition. It is a federally funded program which helps to improve the quality, effectiveness and availability of therapeutic services for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. The Web site offers a resource center with information for parents & caregivers, professionals, and schools. It also offers various articles on education and best practices related to trauma.

Child and Family-Focused Torture Treatment Services Institute

Institute Rationale

Children and families engaging in torture treatment services have a diverse range of needs. They may have experienced significant trauma themselves including torture, exposure to conditions of ongoing violence, combat, and deprivation. They often arrive in need of specialized mental health services, educational and housing support, medical attention, employment, and public benefits. With such a varied set of experiences the question of how to best respond therapeutically arises.

The literature on treating traumatic stress in children is developing but with an overwhelming

Children and Youth

Introduction

Children and youth engage in torture treatment services with diverse experiences and a range of needs. Refugee children and youth are often characterized by high rates of exposure to violence, displacement, loss and multiple family stressors, including acculturative stress. The United States accepted more than 73,000 refugees in the last year (Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, 2010b), and more than 40% of refugee admissions are children (American Psychological Association, 2010).

Given these histories of trauma and adversity, children, youth and their families often

Specific Populations

The following is in-depth information specific to working with a particular population. If you'd like to request that we add content for a particular population, please use our Suggest Content form!

Click here to view all webinars that we have done for specific populations.

Affordable Care Act for refugees

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has put together a useful page on The Affordable Care Act & Refugees, including informational videos in:

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