Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

Resources for Child Trauma Informed Care

Awareness Day resource list for Child Traumatic Stress.
The primary website of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), offers information on various aspects of child traumatic stress, including trauma types, treatments and practices, and trauma-informed care; the site also provides access to over 875 free resources (including training curricula, fact sheets, resource guides, and videos) to help child-serving professionals as well as parents and caregivers better support children who have experienced trauma.  

NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma
This source for online training offers free courses and resources on various aspects of child traumatic stress, including hundreds of webinars, eLearning modules, and videos (many offered for continuing education credit) on special populations, clinical training, service systems, and Psychological First Aid.

What is Child Traumatic Stress? (PDF | 600 KB)
This fact sheet, produced by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, provides an overview of child trauma, describes traumatic stress symptoms, and identifies ways children may be affected by trauma.

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event (PDF | 290 KB)
This fact sheet, produced by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, describes how young children, school-age children, and adolescents react to traumatic events and offers suggestions on how parents and caregivers can help support them.

Understanding Child Trauma and the NCTSN (PDF | 372 KB)
This resource provides an overview of child traumatic stress and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Advancing Trauma-Informed Care Issue Brief: Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation (PDF | 350 KB)
Advancing Trauma-Informed Care Issue Brief provides a framework for organizational and clinical changes that can be practically implemented across the health care sector to address trauma

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
This resource is a list of archived articles for caregivers on mental health and youth.

ARTIC (Attitudes Related to Trauma Informed Care)
The ARTIC is one of the first psychometrically valid measures of trauma-informed care (TIC) to be published in peer-reviewed literature. The ARTIC is a measure of professional and paraprofessional attitudes favorable or unfavorable toward TIC. 

Baker et al. 2016. Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale. School Mental Health 8(1): 61–76
This paper discusses accelerating research on trauma-informed care (TIC) and facilitating data-based decision making related to the adoption and implementation of TIC.

Bruns, et al. (2010). Intervening in the Lives of Youth with Complex Behavioral Health Challenges and Their Families: The Role of the Wraparound Process. American Journal of Community Psychology 
This paper provides a review of the place of the wraparound process in behavioral health, including a discussion of the opportunities it presents to the field, needs for further development and research, and recommendations for federal actions that have the potential to improve the model’s positive contribution to child and family well‐being.

Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. Trauma System Readiness Tool (PDF | 624 KB)
The TSRT is a self-report measure that was designed for child welfare systems to use as they assess the trauma-informed nature of their own system. The TSRT was designed to be administered to multiple informants across all levels of the organization, including caseworkers, supervisors, managers, and administrators. It can be completed across regions within a state or county. Results from the TSRT provide cross-informant data to each system detailing how front-line case workers’ responses from the survey are similar to or different from those of supervisors and administrators.

Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project, Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrations (PDF | 5.1 MB)
This guide will help transform the wider community child welfare system, which includes all the major systems that impact children and families involved with public child welfare, including children’s mental health, into a multi-dimensional, trauma-informed, and evidence-based system better able to meet the unique needs of abused and trauma-exposed children.

Creating Trauma-Informed Care Environments: Organizational Self-Assessment for Trauma-Informed Care Practices in Youth Residential Settings (PDF | 293 KB)
This organizational assessment form can be used for organizations just beginning or already practicing principles of trauma-informed care. The assessment tracks the potential use of one or more sources of data and the extent to which it is occurring in the organization for the purpose of determining existing components of trauma-informed care that need further assessment, planning, data collection, and implementation while highlighting those components where progress has been made.

Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
This issue brief discusses the steps that may be necessary to create a child welfare system that is more sensitive and responsive to trauma.

Effective Strategies in Addressing Trauma in Children of Incarcerated Parents
This webinar addressed trauma in children of incarcerated parents across systems; behavioral health, primary care, law enforcement, and community-based.

Family Trauma Assessment: Tip Sheet for Clinicians, NCTSN 
This fact sheet provides information on how to get families to embrace the need for trauma assessment, the best practices in and appropriate domains for family trauma assessment, how to choose instruments and decide what to measure, and how to present results to the family.

Georgetown University Center for Trauma and the Community Resources
This resource is a comprehensive collection of resources on trauma-informed care perspectives and resources; trauma and depression resources; and assessment instruments developed by the Center for Trauma and the Community (CTC) and others.

GUCCHD (NTTAC) Trauma Informed Care Perspectives and Resources
A comprehensive web-based, video-enhanced resource tool comprised of issue briefs, video interviews, and resource lists tells a story of implementation of trauma-informed services and offers guidance and resources to help you on your implementation journey.

Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County Trauma Resources
This resource provides a collection of publications on trauma, its causes, symptoms, and how to help.

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Settings (PDF | 773 KB)
This resource is an overview of screening, accompanied by a four-phase, 10-step guide generated from input by the juvenile justice field.

Merging Care with Control Brief I: Why Engage Juvenile Justice in System of Care
This brief is the first in the series and explores specific reasons why integrating juvenile justice in a system of care is essential and necessary. The three-part policy series examines the following topics: (1) the importance of engaging the juvenile justice system in a system of care; (2) how to integrate juvenile justice into a system of care; and (3) financing strategies to sustain successful juvenile justice integration into a system of care.

Merging Care with Control Brief II: How to Integrate Juvenile Justice into System of Care
This brief is the second in the series and explores how juvenile justice can be integrated into a system of care. The three-part policy series examines the following topics: (1) the importance of engaging the juvenile justice system in a system of care; (2) how to integrate juvenile justice into a system of care; and (3) financing strategies to sustain successful juvenile justice integration into a system of care.

"Missing Children, State Care, and Child Sex Trafficking: Engaging the Judiciary in Building
a Collaborative Response" (PDF | 1.5 MB)

This technical assistance brief is intended to educate judges about steps to be taken to assist in the location and recovery efforts for children missing from care by ensuring the legal guardians, social workers, and child advocates within child-serving agencies are aware of and engage assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on behalf of these endangered missing children.

"National Association of School Psychologists, Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Supportive
Policies and Practices for Learning"

This handout outlines brief tips and policy recommendations for creating trauma-sensitive schools.

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health: A Systematic Review of Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors (PDF | 712 KB)
This paper reviews the trauma-based treatments that have been designed or modified specifically for intimate partner violence survivors and provides cautions and recommendations for moving forward.

National Indian Child Welfare Association Trauma-Informed Care Fact Sheet (PDF | 295 KB)
This fact sheet provides an overview on trauma, its effects, trauma-informed care as it relates to Indian Country.

NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit: 2nd Edition 
This webinar will share how the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) has been implemented in three different states by nonprofit organizations in partnership with their child welfare jurisdictions.

NCTSN Creating, Supporting, and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Schools: A System Framework (PDF | 881 KB)
This resource provides a system framework for trauma-informed schools.

NCTSN Screening and Assessment: Considerations for Implementation
This fact sheet offers guidelines to consider when selecting trauma screening or assessment tools to implement in a given system.

NCTSN What is a Trauma-Informed Child and Family Service System?
This fact sheet details the components of a trauma-informed child and family service system.

Pathways Issue on Trauma-Informed Care for the Older Youth/Young Adult Population
This issue of Focal Point focuses on trauma-informed care and its growing relevance in research, official policy, practice methods, and organizational structure.

Putting the Pieces Together: A Toolkit on Developing Early Childhood Systems of Care (PDF | 4.1 MB)
This toolkit focuses on intervening early to promote positive mental health, prevent mental health challenges, and address mental health problems to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The BHARP System of Care Trauma Resources 
This tab includes various resources and references on understanding trauma and ways to address its impact.

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is leading an initiative on TIC (all ages, not specific to children/youth)   
Advancing Trauma-Informed Care is a national initiative aimed at understanding how trauma-informed approaches can be practically implemented across the health care sector

The Philadelphia Alliance for Children Trauma Services
This network of child-serving systems and organizations, under the leadership of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility (DBHIDS), provides the effective practices for youth who have experienced trauma and their families.

SAMHSA Serious Mental Illness and Trauma: A Literature Review and Issue Brief (DOC | 41 KB)
This paper summarizes the current science on the relationship between trauma and serious mental illnesses.

Trauma Screening
This resource provides trauma-informed screening and assessment practices that help providers identify children’s and families’ needs early in the process and to tailor services to meet those needs.

Trauma Transformed 
San Francisco Bay Area center created through a 2014 SOC grant award that promotes a trauma-informed system by providing trainings and policy guidance to systems of care professionals and organizations 

Trauma-Informed Oregon
This database is a collection of trauma-informed resources for fields of practice, organizations, training and education, and individuals and families.

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools. Responding to Crisis at a School (PDF | 2.9 MB)
This resource provides an overview of crisis assistance and prevention and resources needed for a school to be able to plan and implement a response to crises.

Understanding Trauma and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children
This webinar discusses how resilience can be developed and nurtured, and what parents can do to build resilient children.

Understanding Trauma-Informed Care in the Texas Child Welfare System Data and Recommendations from the Field (PDF 3.7 MB)
The report is an analysis of data and information gathered by Texas CASA related to trauma-informed training, services, and practice.

YMN Understanding Trauma Guide
This guide, produced by Youth M.O.V.E. National, provides a youth-focused overview on trauma, its symptoms, resources, and what an individual can do to help.

Last Updated: 05/10/2018