National Resources


Parents and Caregivers:
The link below includes a variety of resources for parents and caregivers, who play the most critical role in helping their children heal from traumatic experiences. It includes efinitions of trauma, traumatic events, and traumatic stres, answers to commonly asked questions about child traumatic stress, signs and symptoms of child traumatic stress, suggestions for ways to cope with child traumatic stress, information on evidence-based treatments (scientifically proven practices) that can assist families in helping children recover from child traumatic stress, links to resources to help children and families better understand what they are feeling when they (or someone close to them) has experienced a traumatic event and s upport to help children cope with their traumatic experiences

Mental Health Professionals
Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma As part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma offers Free Online Education with:300+ FREE CE certificates; 50+ speakers; 200+ online webinars and 90,000+ members

The Childhood Adversity Narratives (CAN) : Opportunities to change the outcomes of traumatized children
This is a Narrative that we are seeking to collectively construct with others.The purpose is to help inform policy makers and the public about the costs and consequences of child maltreatment and adversity. The goal is to show that there are proven interventions and opportunities to change these personally tragic and socially costly outcomes (CAN authors, 2015)

Juvenile Justice
Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System

Think Trauma: Training for Staff in Juvenile Justice Residential Settings. This training provides an overview for juvenile justice staff of how to work towards creating a trauma-informed juvenile justice residential setting:

Child Welfare
Child Welfare Trauma Toolkit The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit 2nd Edition is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic events.

Birth Parents with Trauma Histories and the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Child Welfare Staff (2011)For mental health/medical/child welfare professionals

Educators and School-Personnel
“One out of 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior” This link includes several resources (Responding to a school crisis; Intro to School Safety; Effects of Trauma; Service Interventions) for school personnel as they attempt to support children and families impacted by trauma.

Responding to a school crisis
The immediate goals of school staff after a crisis are to reestablish a sense of safety and restore the learning environment at the school. The first step is to ensure that the building and grounds of the school are secure and well monitored so that students and staff can regain a sense of trust and safety.

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio:  1.888.628.9454

Child Sexual Abuse
Stop It Now!
Phone: 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368)

Crime Victims
National Center for Victims of Crime
Phone: 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
TTY: 1-800-211-7996

Dating Abuse
Love is Respect
Phone: 1-866-331-9474
TTY: 1-866-331-8453

Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
TTY: 1-800-787-3224

Missing and Abducted Children
Child Find of America, Inc.
Phone: 1-800-I-AM-LOST (1-800-426-5678)

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Phone: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Rape and Sexual Abuse
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Runaway and Homeless Youth
National Runaway Safeline
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)