Matt Taylor, director of the Montana Safe Schools Center will provide written an...
History of NNCTC
The National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) is the result of a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. The NNCTC is a Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation Center with the charge of providing national expertise on childhood trauma among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children with a particular focus on working with school communities across the United States.
The Center is affiliated with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is housed within The University of Montana’s Institute for Educational Research and Service (IERS) in Missoula, Montana. NNCTC staff offer trainings and consultations to community agencies, tribal programs, clinicians, school personnel, technicians, and families on the impacts and prevention of childhood traumatic stress.
Our commitment is to:
Approximately 1 in 4 children will experience a significant traumatic event by the age of 16. Research suggests that Native American youth are at a greater risk of trauma, depression,
and PTSD as a result of grief and exposure to violence. Most Native children possess strong resilience and do not develop traumatic stress symptoms. However, some need additional care.
When exposure to traumatic events occurs frequently, or when traumatic stress is left unaddressed, children are susceptible to:
In order for behaviorial health interventions to be effective, they must be:
NNCTC staff believe that culturally responsive childhood traumatic stress interventions are a vital component of comprehensive, community-based behavioral health programs for youth at risk.
Funding for this project (1 U79 SMO58145-01) was made possible (in part) by SM-06-005 cooperative agreement from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.