Resources include training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on trauma, including information on assessing and treating trauma in children and youth, supporting caregivers of traumatized children, addressing secondary trauma, and more.
Attorneys for Children Guide to Interviewing Clients: Integrating Trauma Informed Care and Solution Focused Strategies (PDF - 356 KB)
Provides a guide to help child attorneys develop meaningful and trusting relationships with clients and infusing trauma-informed practices into their work. Best practices for interviewing children who have experienced trauma are also included.
Child Trauma Academy
Offers free online courses on topics such as brain development, bonding and attachment, the impact of trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and more.
Got Your ACE Score?
ACES Too High
Provides an assessment to determine an individual’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score. This resource discusses the significance of ACE scores for cognitive and behavioral development.
Helping Children, Youth, Families and Professionals Deal With Post Traumatic Stress From Natural Disasters [Teleconference]
Kelly, Naturale, & Kromrei (2006)
Provides information and tools to help those recovering from traumatic events. The teleconference presents guidelines for providing psychological first aid, discusses short- and long-term interventions, and reviews secondary traumatic stress.
Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Provides an online resource and networking center for professionals and families seeking to learn more about child traumatic stress.
Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and Their Families
Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Helps early childhood mental health consultants and Head Start/Early Head Start staff understand what is meant by trauma, recognize the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and extend their own knowledge for intervention through consultation.
Reducing the Trauma of Investigation, Removal, and Out-of-Home Placement in Child Abuse Cases: Trainer Manual (Word - 8,600 KB)
Portland State University, Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services (2009)
Discusses the biology and impact of trauma, considers what children need from first responders, and equips responders with trauma-informed practice strategies. Also see the PowerPoint presentation (PPT - 1,829 KB).
Support for Students Exposed to Trauma: The SSET Program: Group Leader Training Manual, Lesson Plans and Lesson Materials, and Worksheets
Jaycox, Langley, & Dean (2009)
Describes a program to be implemented by teachers or school counselors to reduce distress resulting from exposure to trauma. The manual provides detailed information on selecting student participants, scheduling lessons, ensuring confidentiality, coordinating with clinical backup, managing difficult situations and issues, and conducting group meetings.
Toolkit for Adapting Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) or Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) for Implementation With Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 301 KB)
Schultz, Barnes-Proby, Chandra, Jaycox, Maher, & Pecora (2010)
Offers a step-by-step guide to implementing and adapting CBITS/SSET for youth in foster care. The toolkit focuses on strategies for addressing challenges related to collaboration between the child welfare and education systems, confidentiality and information-sharing policies regarding youth in foster care, and identification of youth.
Transitions and Endings: A Training Programme
Cairns & Fursland (2008)
Helps social workers, staff in residential homes, foster parents, and adoptive families support traumatized children during planned and unplanned transitions and endings related to their placement in out-of-home care.
Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) Training
Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
Teaches the TAP model to therapists and program administrators working with traumatized children. The training modules address assessment, creating a unique client picture, triage, treatment, and monitoring treatment progress.
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.
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