Introduction to Childhood Exposure to Trauma in Tribal Communities

May 30th 2:00 pm ET, 1:00 pm CT, Noon MT, 11:00 am PT:  

Facilitator: Marilyn J. Bruguier Zimmerman, MSW, PhD


Senior Director of Policy and Programs

National Native Children’s Trauma Center Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, 2 + 2 Program School of Social Work University of Montana



The Online Learning Event will focus on describing child traumatic stress as a result of children’s exposure to one or more traumatic events including traumatic loss (grief) and as a result have developed reactions that impact their daily lives. Children or adolescents may react in a variety of ways, such as intense emotional distress and difficulty in self-regulation, behavior changes, problems developing and maintaining relationships, attention and academic difficulties, difficulty sleeping and eating. Older children may use drugs or alcohol and engage in other risky behaviors. These reactions are understood as traumatic stress.  Children and youth who have traumatic stress reactions are at increased risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Professionals working in child serving systems like juvenile justice can have a positive impact for children, adolescents and their families by developing universal strategies and trauma-informed practices.   

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:


    • Recognize behaviors in children and youth that may be the result of exposure to traumatic events or grief/loss.
    • Begin to utilize and apply universal strategies to support children and youth in their professional settings.
    • Acquire the foundational knowledge to plan and begin to create trauma-informed practices in their agencies/programs.



Developing Trauma Informed Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts

June 13th 2:00 pm ET, 1:00 pm CT, Noon MT, 11:00 am PT:  , 

Facilitator: Ashley Trautman, MSW, JD

MSW Program Director/Assistant Professor University of Montana School of Social Work , Juvenile Justice Technical Assistance Specialist National Native Children’s Trauma Center


This presentation will focus on the importance of a trauma informed approach in juvenile justice systems. Presenters will discuss why trauma informed practices are needed and what it means to be trauma informed. Content will cover ways to recognize and respond to trauma in the courtroom and strategies for implementing a trauma-informed approach. The presenters will provide considerations for assessing and referring a youth who has experienced trauma. 


Learning objectives. After this presentation, participants will:

    • Understand the importance of a trauma informed approach in juvenile justice healing to wellness courts
    • Be able to better identify the presence of trauma in an individual appearing in the justice setting
    • Learn ways to respond to an individual who may be having a traumatic reaction in the court room
    • Understand some of the strategies healing to wellness courts can employ when implementing a trauma informed approach
    • Understand the difference between trauma informed assessments and those that do not specifically assess for trauma along with information regarding trauma responsive referral sources



Secondary Traumatic Stress in Juvenile to Healing Wellness Courts, Schools, and Tribal Program Settings

June 27th: 2:00 pm ET, 1:00 pm CT, Noon MT, 11:00 am PT:

Facilitator: Laura Guay, MSW 

Training and Technical Assistance, Mental Health Specialist 

National Native Children’s Trauma Center, University of Montana


This presentation will discuss the importance of understanding, identifying and responding to the experience of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) which we define as the emotional impact of working with those who have experienced trauma. Content will include an overview of the difference between primary and secondary trauma and describe a three-stage process for coping with STS. Specifically, presenters will discuss the importance of gaining knowledge about STS, how to recognize it in ourselves and ways to respond. The presentation will conclude by offering a framework for self-care through awareness, balance and connection. 

Learning objectives. At the end of this presentation, participants will understand:

    • The importance of addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress
    • Differences between primary trauma and secondary Trauma
    • The three stages in the process of coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress
    • Self-care ABCs                                                                                                                                                         




Online Learning Event: 

Webinar: FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program: Funding Opportunity for Tribes
April 18, 2019

11:00am Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central  |  2:00pm Eastern

The U.S. Department of Justice (Department), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to reduce violent crime and drug abuse and enhance public safety while supporting victims.

Read the full solicitation here.

Signed into law on July 22, 2016, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) is the first major federal substance abuse treatment and recovery legislation in 40 years and the most comprehensive legislative effort to address the opioid epidemic. CARA establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that encompass prevention and education efforts, effective responses to those affected by substance abuse, and services for treatment and recovery from addiction. For FY 2019, in recognition of the ongoing national opioid priority, Congress has appropriated $157 million in support of CARA-related programs and $30 million in support of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs).

BJA developed the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) in response to the CARA legislation. COAP’s purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. Since 2017, the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been incorporated into COAP, emphasizing the important role that PDMPs play in supporting safe prescribing and identifying patients who may be misusing prescription opioids (or other prescription drugs) and/or patients who may be at risk for overdose.

There are three award categories:

  • Category 1: Locally Driven Responses to the Opioid Epidemic—Funding amount: $600,000–$1,200,000
  • Category 2: Statewide Implementation, Enhancement, and Evaluation Projects—Funding amount: $3,000,000–$6,500,000
  • Category 3: Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Implementation and Enhancement Projects—Funding amount: up to $2,000,000

Applications Due: June 5, 2019
This webinar will overview the FY 2019 solicitation and highlight the three categories for which tribes are eligible to apply.
Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Tribal Law Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Timothy Jeffries, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.