Children and Youth

Resources

American Psychological Association Task Force on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma in Children and Adolescents
https://www.apa.org
The Task Force offers resources and best practice guidance for mental health professionals, policymakers, teachers and others who interact regularly with children who have experienced trauma.

Child Abuse Resiliency and Prevention
http://www.advocatesforyouth.org
This page offers abundant data on child abuse and survivors, as well as supporting the idea that recovery from past trauma is possible. It also offers strategies to help empower youth and survivors to heal, and states the importance of education and training for parents and professionals in order to prevent future abuse and facilitate healing.

Disabilities, Trauma, and Children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/
The Center for Disease Control offers resources on how to help children with disabilities cope with traumatic events. They offer a wide variety of resources on different types of traumatic events and communities.

Futures Without Violence
Changing Minds National Campaign
https://www.https://changingmindsnow.org/
Developed by Futures Without Violence in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, this project aims to educate about childhood trauma, advance programs that help keep youth safe, and to grow leadership in similar fields. There are short video clips as well as a link to the campaign, Changing Minds Now.

The Impact of Poverty and Adverse Childhood Experiences on Child Health
https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/AAPCommunityPediatricsWade2016.pdf
Dr. Roy Wade’s PowerPoint presentation to the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference outlines how poverty affects different aspects of children’s health and development. It describes an expansion of ACEs to better understand the context of poverty and trauma.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Complex Trauma Resources
http://www.nctsn.org/
Guides and resources for dealing with complex trauma. The term complex trauma describes both children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature, and the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places. Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth National Child Traumatic Stress Network
http://www.nctsn.org/products/nctsn-safe-places-video
“Introduces the viewer to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who have experienced trauma. This video discusses how to create welcoming and inclusive environments for youth who have experienced trauma and identify as LGBTQ. It may be used in conjunction with the discussion guide as a training tool or in supervision with staff.” -NCTSN

Safe Spaces. Safe Places. Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth
Complex Trauma Resources
https://learn.nctsn.org/
This series offers concrete strategies and recommendations for providers working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma, including how to increase access to services, create a safe environment for care, and work with families and schools.
5 webinars on trauma informed care for LGBTQ youth (must create log in)

Trauma Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth Culture and Trauma Brief
Complex Trauma Resources
http://www.nctsnet.org/
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network promotes culturally competent trauma treatments and practices for children and adolescents exposed to trauma, and disseminates its findings through factsheets, culture and trauma briefs, and reports.

Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative at the Massachusetts Advocates for Children
https://massadvocates.org/
TLPI advocates for “trauma-sensitive schools” and brings the voices of educators from its work in schools and the voices of parents from its cases to work for laws and policies that provide schools with the knowledge and resources they need to meet the needs of all children.

US Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/
The Administration for Children and Families which is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, promotes economic and social well-being of communities and individuals through leadership and resources. This website includes research, grants and resources for those who need help.