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Refugee Services Toolkit (RST), part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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The Refugee Services Toolkit (RST) is a web-based tool designed to help service system providers understand the experience of refugee children and families; identify the needs associated with their mental health; and ensure that they are connected with the most appropriate, research-based treatment and care available. RST is a resource available through The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

The mental health and general well-being of refugee children and families can be impacted by multiple factors including their experience of trauma; stressors including resettlement, acculturation, and social isolation; as well as strengths that contribute to resilience. Providers can use community resources and supports to build resilience and reduce stress in refugee families.

RST was developed by Glenn Saxe, MD, Arnold Simon Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Study Center, at NYU Langone Medical Center; and Heidi Ellis, PhD, Director of the Children's Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience (CHCRTR), and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.

Please note that users must create a free account on The National Child Traumatic Stress Network site to access the refugee toolkit.