Indian Country

Child Trauma Center



Indian Health Service
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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 Indian Country Child Trauma Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. It is housed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. A current program includes Project Making Medicine (PMM).

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

Honoring Children, Mending the Circle
A cultural adaptation 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 2015

October 19-22, 2015

No Registration Fee -- Each training limited to 16 participants

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Participants are responsible for airfare and lodging expenses. Lodging is $149 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.

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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.

Click this link for details of training for a fee.

The four models include:

 Honoring Children, Mending the Circle - cultural adaptation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Honoring Children, Mending the Circle is the clinical application of the healing process in a traditional framework that supports the belief of American Indians and Native Alaskan culture of spiritual renewal leading to healing and recovery. Training involves a four-day intensive session, follow-up weekly case consultation, web-based training and resources.

 Honoring Children, Respectful Ways - cultural adaptation of Treatment for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. This model was developed for American Indian/Alaska Native children with sexual behavior problems and is designed to honor children and promote their self-respect as well as respect for others, for their elders, and for all living things. 

 Honoring Children, Making Relatives - cultural adaptation of Parent Child Interaction Therapy. ICCTC has incorporated American Indian/Native Alaskan teachings, practices, rituals, traditions, and cultural orientation into PCIT while maintaining the guiding principles and theory of this specialized treatment in Honoring Children, Making Relatives. 

 Honoring Children, Honoring the Future - revision of the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum. The American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum (AILSDC) developed by LaFromboise (1995) used risk and protective factors specific to AI/AN youth to inform the development of prevention strategies, provided details of how culture-specific factors are related to an increased risk of suicidal behavior, and contained material for work with students at risk for suicidal behaviors as well as students in general. Revisions from high school to middle school age students have been made.

The Indian Country Child Trauma Center is co-sponsoring the 29th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health on March 13-16, 2016 in Tampa, FL.
Please use this link for the conference call for papers.

Heitkamp’s Bill to Stand Up for Native American Children Unanimously Passes U.S. Senate

Heitkamp Introduced the Bipartisan Bill in January with Murkowski – both Strong Advocates for Native Families & Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Lisa Murkowski’s bipartisan bill to improve the lives of Native children today unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate.

In February, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs unanimously approved their bill to create a Commission on Native Children – just two weeks after Heitkamp and Murkowski reintroduced their plan, in the opening days of the new Congress.

The Senators’ bill would create a Commission on Native Children that would work to identify the complex challenges faced by Native children in North Dakota and across the United States by conducting an intensive study on these issues – including high rates of poverty, staggering unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, crime, substance abuse, and dire economic opportunities – and making recommendations on how to make sure Native children get the protections, as well as economic and educational tools they need to thrive.

A member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Heitkamp and Murkowski initially introduced their bill to create the Commission on Native Children last Congress as her first bill in the U.S. Senate where it quickly gained bipartisan momentum – first by unanimously passing the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, then being recommended for creation by Congress as part of the bill to keep the U.S. government running. Since her time as North Dakota’s Attorney General, Heitkamp has been committed to working with both sides of the aisle to develop policies that advance Native American priorities and improve the lives of Native youth for generations to come.

“For generations, children on tribal lands have lived with the odds stacked against them, relegated to the shadows of our society and the peripheries of our federal resources,” said Heitkamp. “Despite being saddled with challenges no child should ever face –our Native kids are determined to persevere. Today, the Senate spoke with a strong, united voice and passed my bill – the first bill I introduced in the Senate – to give our Native youth that fighting chance. By creating a Commission on Native Children, we can begin to address chronic issues like abuse and suicide that has shattered the lives of too many young people – and put holistic solutions in place that can positively change the lives of many Native kids. When I entered the doors of the Senate, I promised to work to improve the lives of Native children – and by building bipartisan consensus for that goal with my colleagues across the aisle, we built the momentum to change the trajectory. Today, the Senate unanimously committed to addressing the challenges that will improve outcomes for Native children for generations to come. In the coming days and weeks, I will look to my colleagues in the House of Representatives to answer this bipartisan call to action by quickly introducing and passing complementary legislation.”

“Our First People carry a proud tradition and lifestyle that is being eroded by a culture of despair fed by poverty, crime, unemployment, substance abuse, and tragic household violence; this complicated problem deserves a thorough review that brings all the governments’ agencies to bear.  Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians deserve better and the government’s must live up to its trust responsibility and empower them to change this,” said Murkowski.  “I am proud that the Commission bearing the name of Alaska Legend Walter Soboleff has been approved by my Senate colleagues to take a comprehensive look at all the factors and triggers in play – whether from the vantage point of justice, education or healthcare – and make informed policy suggestions to turn this cycle around.”

Heitkamp also cosponsored Senator Hoeven’s Native American Children’s Safety Act, which passed today in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The bill will implement protections for Native children who are placed by in the tribal foster care system
by tribal courts.

Conditions for young people in Indian Country are tragic and must be addressed. For example:

To help reverse these impacts, the Commission on Native Children would conduct a comprehensive study of the programs, grants, and resources available for Native children, both at government agencies and on the ground in Native communities, with the goal of developing a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children. Then, the 11-member Commission would issue a report to address a series of challenges currently facing Native children. A Native Children Subcommittee would also provide advice to the Commission. The Commission’s report would address how to achieve:

  • Better Use of Existing Resources – The Commission would identify ways to streamline current federal, state, and local programs to be more effective and give tribes greater flexibility to devise programs for their communities in the spirit of self-determination and allow government agencies to redirect resources to the areas of most need.
  • Increased Coordination – The Commission would seek to improve coordination of existing programs benefitting Native children.  The federal government houses programs across numerous and varying agencies, yet these programs too often do not coordinate. 
  • Measurable Outcomes – The Commission would recommend measures to determine the wellbeing of Native children, and use these measurements to propose short-term, mid-term, and long-term national policy goals.
  • Stronger Data – The Commission would seek to develop better data collection methods.  Too often Native children are left out of the conversation because existing data collection, reporting, and analysis practices exclude them.
  • Stronger Private Sector Partnerships – The Commission would seek to identify obstacles to public-private partnerships in Native communities.
  • Implementation of Best Practices – The Commission would identify and highlight successful models that can   be adopted in Native communities.

For a summary of the bill, click here. For quotations from the five Native American tribes in North Dakota, local groups, as well as Senator Byron Dorgan strongly supporting the bill, click here. For quotations from national organizations endorsing the bill, click here. To watch a video on why the bill is needed right now in North Dakota, click here.



IHS and SAMHSA now have a suicide prevention app that can be downloaded by healthcare providers to help save lives.
Use this link for more information.



Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence has released their 120 page report which has been published in the Washington Post. November 17, 2014.


"Our Children are Self Destructing"
by Stephanie Woodard

Stephanie Woodard wrote this story, the first in a series on preventing Native youth suicide, with the support of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. The series is being co-published with

Do Something!

A video poem made for the Written, performed and directed by Ryan Red Corn. The video was made in the hopes that lawmakers will take notice of the atrocious legal protection Indigenous women have. Call your leaders in Washington today and tell them to DO SOMETHING.

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