Indian Country

Child Trauma Center



Indian Health Service
Webinar Series

Links to previous webinars...

Childhood Trauma in Indian Country

The ACE Study and AI/AN Children





is a web based project that provides simulations to prepare people to lead real-life conversations that change lives by using interactive role-play to build skills.

To learn more about the

TF-CBT Therapist Certification Program

Use this link...


The Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families. The ICCTC was originally funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2004 with the goal to develop and deliver training, technical assistance, program development, and resources on trauma informed care to tribal communities. It is housed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. The ICCTC has been awarded the Project Making Medicine grant from the Children's Bureau to provide training to clinicians in Indian Country in the Honoring Children, Mending the Circle curriculum, which is the cultural enhancement of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. ICCTC is also the grantee for the OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance program.


Project Making Medicine Training
Training in Treatment of Child Physical and Sexual Abuse

Honoring Children, Mending the Circle
A cultural adaptation/enhancement of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 
Administration for Children, Youth and Families’ Children's Bureau

Training Dates for 2018

August 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2018

No Registration Fee to attend this training, however the online TF-CBT training is required and there is a $35 fee

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red dot All completed applications must be received no later than 3 weeks prior to training

All applications must be submitted as a complete packet red dot

Participants are responsible for airfare and lodging expenses. Lodging is $139 per night plus taxes. Application must be received 3 weeks prior to training. If application is accepted later than 3 weeks prior to training, room rate increases to $189 per night plus taxes. Full breakfast is included.

Training will be held at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus.

Use this link to view Project Making Medicine Eligibility

Use this link for the Project Making Medicine Registration Form

Use this link for the Project Making Medicine Registration Requirements

If you are with the Rosebud Sioux PSB Program, please use this link for the application.

Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) has adapted four (4) trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically adapted and designed for AI/AN children and their families. The treatment protocols, outreach materials and service delivery guidelines developed by ICCTC incorporates both common and tribal-specific Native cultural perspectives and traditions; focuses on principles of current evidence-based models; and will accommodate the substantial individual-to-individual variability in cultural identity among AI/AN people. For a fee, ICCTC provides training in the different models developed.

Click this link for details of training for a fee.

Closing the gap: How a poor, rural school uses culture to help Native American kids learn, a news article from the Argus Leader about an elementary school on the Rosebud Reservation.

The healing power of heritage, Interventions rooted in Indigenous traditions are helping to prevent suicide and addiction in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

The hidden health inequalities that American Indian and Alaskan Natives face, the IHS is the primary health care provider for most American Indians. It is responsible for providing health care under historical treaty agreements between the federal government and tribes.



It's National Child Abuse Prevention Month

During the month of April we honor the professionals dedicated to making meaningful and measureable change in the lives of children, families, and communities. Please see the below links for resource.

Get your copy of the 2018 Prevention Resource Guide.

Spread the word to partners, organizations, and communities with the ready to use outreach materials.

Train new family support workers with six Protective Factors in Practice.

Help parents, cargivers, and families tackle their everyday challenges and situations with our Tip Sheets.

Engage parents, programs, and communities with tailored activities in the Activity Calendars.

Read President Trump's 2018 National Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation.



Many of you may be aware of the lawsuit, filed by Texas challenging the constitutionality of the ICWA and the 2016 regulations in the federal district court in the Northern District of Texas. Their claims include that ICWA discriminates on race, regardless of the many earlier claims which have been found groundless. The major concern is, this is the first time a state has challenged the constitutionality of ICWA and its Regulations.  The suit asserts the claims ICWA violates the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment because they exceed Congress’s Commerce authority and are an impermissible commandeering of state resources along with a variety of other arguments.  Plaintiffs argue the Regulations coerce states to engage in unconstitutional conduct by threat of losing Federal child welfare grants, constituting an abuse of Congress’s Spending Clause power and unconstitutionally delegate to Tribes legislative power that is reserved to congress and the Regulations are an “unexplained and unsupported departure from the 1979 Guidelines.”

The Plaintiffs are contacting other state Attorney Generals, requesting support in this suit.
Use this link to read the 2017 ICWA Defense Project Memo.


1. Contact your state Attorney General and urge them to support ICWA
2. Discuss the importance of ICWA in meetings with elected representatives and the DOI
3. Ensure your Tribal Leaders and Attorneys are aware of this threat to ICWA.

This link will take you to an example “Letter to Western Attorney Generals”, that you can review as a good template of what might be sent to the attorney general in your state.

AFGARS data collection implementation

Earlier this year, concerns were made by Kate Forte of comments being gathered on the "new AFGARS data collection implementation”. The comments that were eventually submitted were overwhelmingly concerns from states of how the additional requirements would impact the states. It is my understanding, at this time the BIA is considering amending the Data Regulation passed in 2016 related to Indian Children and Families. This data collection is vital to tracking and compliance by states of ICWA. The full implementation of the 2016 Data Regulations could effectively provide a good picture of the ICWA compliance by states. There has been no comprehensive data picture of compliance in the history of ICWA

Tribes are urged to let the BIA know of our concerns if any amendments are made to the 2016 AFCARS Data requirement.

Use this link to see the 2016 AFCARS Data Requirements.