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Trauma-Informed Care | Trauma-Specific Services

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Resources

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators | Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil
This toolkit from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with useful information about working with traumatized children in the school system. The toolkit, which also is available in Spanish, includes a variety of materials, including print and multimedia resources, geared towards specific audiences working with children who have experienced trauma.
Access the Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators | Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), works to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.
The NCTSN also provides specific resources aimed at helping schools respond to the effects of traumatic stress among its students.
Visit the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website.
Visit the NCTSN Resources for School Personnel webpage.

SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a working concept of trauma and details a trauma-informed approach that can be adapted and used across an array of service systems and stakeholder groups. This approach may be appropriate for such sectors as child welfare, education, criminal and juvenile justice, primary health care, the military, and other settings that have the potential to ease or exacerbate an individual's capacity to cope with traumatic experiences.
Download SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach.

Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Specific Services: A Comprehensive Approach to Trauma Intervention
This brief from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) addresses the need for a comprehensive approach to trauma intervention across service settings. In doing so, the authors define the complementary approaches of trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services, identify core principles and current practice for each, and discuss how both are being integrated across service sectors. Finally, they identify next steps for providers, researchers, and policymakers to ensure that all service systems are prepared to sustain this comprehensive approach to trauma intervention.
Download Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Specific Services: A Comprehensive Approach to Trauma Intervention.

Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit
This toolkit from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) provides programs with a roadmap for becoming trauma-informed. The toolkit offers concrete guidelines so that organizations can assess if they are responding appropriately to the needs of families who have experienced traumatic stress, including trauma related to homelessness.
Download the Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit.

Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children
This guide from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) describes the most common developmental effects of trauma on children and suggests ways for caregivers to help children heal. Strategies covered include establishing safety, creating and maintaining a routine, recognizing triggers, identifying safe people, connecting with the child's support network, and referring to appropriate community agencies for additional support.
Download Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children.

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