A Long Journey Home: A Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Services for Mothers and Children Experiencing Homelessness
This guide from the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) was written as a response to the following trends that have developed in the United States over the past decade: (1) Family homelessness is increasing; (2) Women and children are at risk for becoming a majority of the overall homeless population; (3) Homelessness is traumatic and it makes families sick; and (4) Violence is a critical ingredient in the recipe for homelessness. The Long Journey Home
is intended to serve as a guide to agencies looking for practical ideas about how to create trauma-informed environments.
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Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators | Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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 American Institutes for Research (AIR)
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.
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Trauma-Informed Organizational Capacity Scale
Defining core aspects of a universal, trauma-informed approach and assessing program-level capacity are key steps for RHY programs dedicated to providing trauma-informed care. National Safe Place Network, as operator of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC), has partnered with the American Institutes for Research to provide RHY grantees with access to a tool for assessing program capacity in trauma-informed care. Information and steps for accessing the tool are provided here.
Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services
With support from the Daniels Fund, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Homelessness Resource Center, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the American Institutes for Research (AIR)
has created this toolkit to provide programs with a roadmap for becoming trauma-informed. The toolkit provides homeless service providers with concrete guidelines for how to modify their practices and policies to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs of families experiencing homelessness who have experienced traumatic stress.
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Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children
This guide from the American Institutes for Research (AIR)
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.
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