Training and Technical Assistance on Trauma

SAMHSA leads federal efforts to promote trauma-informed approaches through campaigns, technical assistance, and other resources.

SAMHSA provides training, education, and resources related to trauma through a number of training and technical assistance centers. Some centers serve SAMHSA grantees in specific grant programs, and some make resources available to the general public. The centers are organized by area of focus:

Area of Focus Training and Technical Assistance Center
Children and Families

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)

National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center)

Criminal/Juvenile Justice GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation
Disasters Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
Disparities National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)
Homelessness Homelessness Resource Center (HRC)
Primary Care Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS)
Substance Use and Mental Health

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Strategy (BRSS TACS)

Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies Support (CAPT)

Suicide Prevention Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Trauma-Informed Systems and Approaches

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC)

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)

Tribal Tribal Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)

Children and Families

The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) transforms mental health care for children and adolescents affected by trauma. NCTSI does this by improving the quality of community-based trauma treatment and services and increasing access to effective trauma-focused interventions.

Through NCTSI, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), was created. NCTSN is a collaborative network of experts created to further the development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical interventions for systems that serve children, adolescents, and families. NCTSN’s Learning Center offers a variety of information about trauma through webinar recordings, publications, toolkits, and other resources.

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides information, expert consultation, training, and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals. These professional resources help to improve the safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. Visit NCSACW’s trauma page for resources and related webinars.

The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention offers resources and technical assistance to prevent youth violence and promote the overall well-being of children, youth, and their families. This support is available to states, tribes, territories, and local communities. Visit the National Resource Center’s Learning Portal and Resource Library for related resources, including learning modules, toolkits, and publications.

National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center) provides technical assistance regarding systems of care and the services and supports provided within them. These efforts help improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. Review the trauma-informed care page.

Criminal and Juvenile Justice

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation focuses on expanding access to services for people with mental and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system. The GAINS Center offers “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses." This one-day training for criminal justice professionals raises awareness about trauma and its effects.

Disasters

SAMHSA’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) prepares states, territories, tribes, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance use response to disasters. DTAC also offers resources related to trauma and disaster, including webinar recordings, podcasts, tip sheets, and toolkits. The SAMHSA Disaster Kit contains disaster-related behavioral health publications for professionals and the general public. The materials can be used to support immediate disaster behavioral health response efforts.

Disparities

The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) supports information sharing, training, and technical assistance among organizations and communities that support behavioral health and well-being of diverse communities.NNED identifies and links "pockets of excellence" in reducing disparities and promoting behavioral health equity. Visit NNEDShare, an online database of resources and promising practices and interventions for trauma-related resources.

Homelessness

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Programs and Resources provides information that supports preventing and ending homelessness among people with mental and/or substance use disorders. Visit the trauma page for related resources.

Primary Care

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services. These efforts help to better address the needs of people with mental and/or substance use disorders, whether they are seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings. CIHS provides training and technical assistance to community behavioral health organizations, community health centers, and other primary care and behavioral health organizations. Visit the CIHS trauma page for resources including publications, screening tools, and webinar recordings. Also, review SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach – 2014.

Substance Use and Mental Health

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) is a nationwide, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field. The ATTC Network is comprised of 10 Regional Centers, 4 National Focus Area Centers, and a Network Coordinating Office.

The Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Strategy (BRSS TACS) promotes the wide-scale adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. The webinar: Promoting a Universal Approach to Recovery-oriented and Trauma-informed Care in Hospitals and Medical Home Settings defines elements of a universal approach. It identifies practices for recovery-oriented care in health care settings that are trauma-informed, person-centered, and peer-inclusive. It also provides resources to assess and promote the implementation of recovery-oriented approaches.

The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies Support (CAPT) is a national training and technical assistance system committed to strengthening prevention systems and the nation’s behavioral health workforce. CAPT offers resources for coping with traumatic events and resources on trauma and resilience.

Suicide Prevention

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (PDF | 4.9 MB). SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. SPRC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention hosted a webinar on Zero Suicide and Trauma-Informed Care. SPRC also offers resources on trauma.

Trauma-Informed Systems and Approaches

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC) provides training and technical assistance to publicly funded agencies, systems, and organizations. NCTIC implements trauma-informed approaches and develops services and practices that meet the trauma-related needs of people and their families. NCTIC also works to eliminate the use of seclusion, restraints, and other coercive practices and to develop the knowledge base on trauma-informed care. Visit the NCTIC resources page for more information.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) transforms mental health care for children and adolescents affected by trauma. NCTSI does this by improving the quality of community-based trauma treatment and services, and increasing access to effective trauma-focused interventions.

Through NCTSI, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), was created. NCTSN is a collaborative network of experts created to further the development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical interventions for systems that serve children, adolescents, and families. NCTSN’s Learning Center offers a variety of information about trauma through webinar recordings, publications, toolkits, and other resources.

Tribal

The Tribal Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) addresses and prevents mental and/or substance use disorders, prevents suicide, and promotes mental health in Native communities and families. TTAC does this by providing culturally relevant and meaningful training and technical assistance that honors tribal culture and ways of life. TTAC also respects and protects government-to-government relations.

Last Updated: 07/18/2016