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





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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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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.

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Federal Probe into Indian Boarding School Gravesites Seeks to Bring Healing
The United States is about to undertake a national investigation into hundreds of American Indian boarding schools that from the 1800s through the 20th century served to "kill the Indian to save the man," according to one school's founder.

On June 22, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative in an address to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) during a virtual conference. It came weeks after the discovery of 215 Indigenous children's remains were found at a school site in British Columbia.

While hopes are high the DOI's initiative's final report may establish a foundation of historical evidence, without resources to address the profound impacts of forced relocations and boarding schools on Native people, paths toward long-term healing could be compromised. For more information please use this link.

The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children has launched their new website. The Commission's new website provides information on the individual Commissioners and the Native Advisory Committee. It also includes background information on the Commission, statements released by the Commission as well as information on hearings, links to videos and information about upcoming hearings.

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.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice

This new Center aims to improve life opportunities for youth by advancing policy and practice improvements that ensure the well-being of youth, families and communities. Take a look at their Resources section, has all types of resources that might be helpful.