Indian Country

Child Trauma Center



Indian Health Service
Webinar Series

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Childhood Trauma in Indian Country

The ACE Study and AI/AN Children





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TF-CBT Therapist Certification Program

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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)

the online TF-CBT training is required prior to training and there is now a $35 fee for this

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Participants are responsible for all expenses and registration fee. Application must be received 3 weeks prior to training.

Registration for the Native American Community Clinic

Use this link to view Project Making Medicine Eligibility

Use this link for the Project Making Medicine Registration Form

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


Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Announces Virtual Consultations

The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives recently announced that they will hold Tribal consultations virtually in the next few months. Between August 17th and September 17th, the Task Force will conduct 12 virtual consultations in various regions across the United States.
The Task Force, also known as Operation Lady Justice, announced the upcoming series of Tribal consultations under Executive Order 13898, which requires the Task Force to “conduct appropriate consultations with Tribal governments on the scope and nature of the issues regarding missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.”
There are seven members of the Task Force, including Katharine (Katie) Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, designee for the Attorney General.

To view the schedule and register for a consultation, visit

The National Indian Health Board, in collaboration with CDC, has launched a new resource hub! Many Tribal individuals, families, and communities have been impacted by childhood experiences causing physical and mental health adversities throughout the lifespan. However, with understanding and effort, individuals and communities can confront Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) for positive health outcomes. This information hub, launched by the National Indian Health Board includes a "resource basket" designed for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals, families, communities, professionals, and leaders to rummage through, harvesting resources. This Hub can assist Tribes to learn more about ACEs, research, tools, and interventions. Visit the ACES hub here.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reaffirms the Constitutionality of the ICWA

FBI Seeks to Identify Rightful Owners in Cultural Artifacts Case: The efforts to identify and repatriate the cultural property-which included approximately 500 sets of human remains looted largely from Native American burial grounds-is ongoing, and the FBI is now publicizing the case, along with an invitation-only website detailing the items, in the hopes of gaining further assistance from governments around the world and from Native American tribes.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will no longer honor teams with Native mascots. "In honoring Washington and Kansas City's football teams, we became part of the problem. Our organization won't honor racism anymore." Read the full article here.

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.

APSAC Statement on Family Separation at the US-Mexico Border

After careful review and consideration, the Board of Directors of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is releasing a statement on the abhorrent practice of separating children from their parents in the name of border security. This link will take you to the full text of the statement.

We urge you to share this statement wherever possible and to cite this statement in your own advocacy efforts when contacting media or members of congress.