The mission of the Midwest Trauma Services Network (MTSN) is to provide integrated, community-based psychosocial stabilization initiatives utilizing state-of-the-art, trauma-specific intervention strategies to reduce the negative effects of maltreatment and exposure from traumatic incidents and disasters on children, youth, and their adult caregivers.
The Midwest Trauma Services Network offers ongoing comprehensive and longitudinal consultation, training and capacity building for systems, agencies and persons working with children. MTSN staff are primary responders and are frequently called upon for population stabilization in the aftermath of trauma or disaster.
MTSN builds community teams in order to respond to individual and communal needs when trauma occurs.
MTSN trains responders in psychological first aid in order to reduce anxiety and retaliation.
MTSN helps prepare children by teaching self regulation, coping and safety seeking skills.
Dr. Robert Macy is one of only 13 experts nationally to be selected to sit
on the Barack Obama commissioned Attorney General’s National Task Force
on Children Exposed to Violence. This Task Force is part of the
Attorney General’s broader Defending Childhood Initiative
Conference Brief... From The 2nd Annual Midwest Regional Psychology Trauma Conference
Experts from across the region convened in Iowa May 1-2 to discuss the impact of children’s exposure to violence.
The conference focused on how psychological trauma in children is an important issue for communities. If untreated, these children have a greater tendency to develop negative behaviors including: school problems, truancy, substance abuse earlier, friends that are delinquent and involvement in crime at earlier ages. All of this cost the community the state and the nation.