Child welfare professionals must understand how trauma affects child development and behavior as well as be familiar with the resources available for treatment. The following resources equip caseworkers with practical tools and strategies for working with traumatized children, youth, and families.
Effective Training for Trauma-Informed Care (PDF - 159 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2020)
Examines how the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, in partnership with Vanderbilt University, improved its trauma-informed approach through the creation of the Child Protective Services Academy. Results showed trauma-informed training helped prepare caseworkers to engage with families who have experienced multiple traumas.
The Learning Center
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 Treating Child Traumatic Stress
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Reviews traumatic stress, its impact on children, treatment options, and how families and those working with families can help. The webpage includes information on types of traumatic events, indicators of traumatic stress for various age groups, how to help, and more.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals
Sesame Street in Communities
Provides activities and resources designed to help child welfare professionals and parents help children address and heal prior traumatic experiences.
Working With Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2016)
Explains how unresolved trauma can impact parent ability to navigate the child welfare system. This course supports caseworkers in increasing engagement in child welfare services through increasing their understanding of the parent perspective.