American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is, according to its website, a “national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families” affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. At its website AACAP provides several fact sheets on talking to children about disasters.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Disasters
The American Academy of Pediatrics has numerous publications and guidance documents for pediatricians and families related to disasters.
American Psychological Association (APA) Help Center
The APA works to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare. The APA Help Center contains many tip sheets and guides on disasters and terrorism, including many Spanish resources.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has many disaster preparedness and response publications designed for children and adolescents. Tips and resources on how to prepare a home and family for disasters as well as information regarding disaster preparedness for students and schools can be located within this website.
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
According to its website, the ASCA “supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications, and other resources, as well as research and advocacy, to more than 29,000 professional school counselors around the globe.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response Site
The CDC has numerous guidance documents for health, mental health, and public health officials related to disasters and children.
Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resource Center
This website offers community members, educators, and health workers online resources for how to recognize the warning signs of stress, coping with stress, and how to develop resiliency in children.
This website is designed for children who have been in a disaster. Materials are provided that help children understand how to cope with having experienced a disaster.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
According to its website, “the National Alliance for Grieving Children provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children’s bereavement centers who want to share ideas, information, and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities. The National Alliance for Grieving Children also provides information on current topics and a schedule of professional workshops across the country.”
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI works to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through the dedicated efforts of grassroots leaders, NAMI focuses on three activities that offer hope, reform, and health: support, education, and advocacy. Its support and public education efforts are focused on offering individuals and the community resources and information about mental illness through a variety of activities.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children. NASP crisis resources provide an extensive list of links that address natural disaster, war, terrorism, suicide, trauma, and violence prevention.
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV)
According to its website, NCCEV’s mission is “to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities, and society.”
National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
The NCPTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. veterans through research, education, and training on posttraumatic stress disorder and stress-related disorders. The NCPTSD also offers many children- and youth-related resources including fact sheets and assessment tools.
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA serves as a resource for information, training materials, consultation, and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, communities, children’s groups, and projects in the areas of crisis and loss.”
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The mission of the NCTSN, according to its website, is “to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.” NCTSN offers numerous trauma-, disaster-, and terrorism-related resources that are available for multiple audiences, including parents, educators, professionals, and the media.
NYU Child Study Center
At its website the Child Study Center at New York University identifies its mission as “to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders by eliminating the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder, conducting research and disseminating scientific findings to improve the practices of professionals serving children, and influencing child-related public policy.”
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
This website provides information and resources about emergency management to help schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.
According to its website, “Ready Kids is a tool to help parents and teachers educate children in grades 4–5 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. . . . The Ready Kids website features age-appropriate, step-by-step instructions on what families can do to be better prepared and the role kids can play in this effort.”
Signs of Trauma Section of Dr. Russell T. Jones’s Website
This website provides information regarding possible signs of trauma for the child/youth population from birth to 18 years of age.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Store
The SAMHSA Store offers free publications and tip sheets on child and adolescent disaster issues.
Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
According to its website, “TDC focuses on achieving an effective, nationwide mental health response to the impact of terrorism and disasters on children, families, and communities. TDC works to achieve this goal through the development and evaluation of trainings and educational materials, interventions, and services aimed at addressing the mental health needs of those who experience terrorism and disaster-induced trauma.”
UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters
According to the center’s website, its content includes “evidence-based resources, which were developed using the best science and evidence in training, planning, and preparedness,” as well as general information regarding disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
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Last updated 5/30/2013
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