Helping Children Address Past Trauma
Find resources for professionals to recognize and help children and youth address past trauma.
Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2009)
Provides basic information on brain development and the effects of abuse and neglect on that development. The information is designed to help professionals understand the emotional, mental, and behavioral impact of early abuse and neglect in children who come to the attention of the child welfare system.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Addressing the Mental Health of Sexually Abused Children
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2007)
Describes the characteristics and benefits of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). This issue brief is designed to help child welfare caseworkers and other professionals who work with at-risk families make more informed decisions about when to refer children and their parents and caregivers to TF-CBT programs.
Child Trauma Academy
Offers free online courses on several trauma-related topics as well as access to articles, videos, and other materials on working with traumatized children and youth.
Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect and Trauma
Explores the trauma of adopted children and discusses best practices for professionals working with adoptive families. Chapters address trauma symptoms, child development, attachment, resiliency, home studies, placement planning, post-placement visits, and more.
Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) Model
Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
Offers a framework to build and sustain an assessment-based treatment program and provides a guide for individualized treatment for complexly traumatized children.
Trauma Treatment (Child and Adolescent)
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Describes programs reviewed and rated by the Clearinghouse for their effectiveness in treating trauma in children and youth.
Understanding How Trauma Impacts Children in Child Welfare and What to Do About It (PDF - 670 KB)
Offers presentation slides that address symptoms and types of child traumatic stress, the impact of trauma and stress on children, factors that affect trauma severity, and essential elements of trauma-informed child welfare practice.
Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Foster Care Placement Stability: A Breakthrough Series Collaborative
Conradi, Ko, Tullberg, Agosti, Langan, & Wilson
Children's Bureau Express, 12(4), 2011
Describes an initiative focused on using knowledge of child trauma to shape decisions, actions, policies, procedures, staffing, and supports for children, their families, and their caregivers, resulting in more adjustments that are successful and fewer disruptions in foster care.
Working With Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play
Demonstrates applications of play, art, and other expressive therapies with traumatized children and shares effective strategies for engaging hard-to-reach children and building trusting therapeutic relationships.
Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families
Schooler, Smalley, & Callahan (2009)
Equips adoptive parents and professionals with practical tools for a positive parenting journey and helps prospective adoptive parents understand the realities of the potential challenges and needs of all family members when adopting a traumatized child.
Adoption: Parenting after adoption - Helping adopted children cope with grief and loss
Adoption: Adoption search and reunion - Lifelong impact of adoption
Systemwide: Mental health - Common mental health issues for children, youth, and families involved in child welfare: Grief and loss
Systemwide: Assessment - Comprehensive family assessment: Assessing child trauma