Trauma Related Resources

The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress has compiled a list of helpful links and resources as a service to our users. These links and resources are intended to be used for informational purposes only.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Publications and Products

NCTSN Resources

NCTSN Racial Trauma Resources:

NCTSN School Shooting Resources:

Trauma Toolkits

Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide 2nd Edition
Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed acute intervention for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism. It is designed for providers to give practical assistance to meet immediate needs and concerns, reduce distress, and foster adaptive coping.

Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health Care Providers
These materials are designed for hospital-based health care providers (physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals) and may also be of use to mental health professionals who work in health care or disaster settings. The materials provide: (1) an introduction to traumatic stress as it relates to children facing illness, injury, and other medical events; (2) practical tips and tools for health care providers; and (3) handouts that can be given to parents that present evidence-based tips for helping their child cope.

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
These materials are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic stress. It also teaches how to use this knowledge to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them and their biological and resource families. Additional multimedia resources on this toolkit are available in the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Understanding the Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse: A Toolkit for Providers (2nd Edition)
This toolkit explores the complex connections between traumatic stress and substance abuse, and provides guidelines for identifying, engaging, and treating adolescents suffering from these co-occurring problems. The entire toolkit can be downloaded as a single PDF file.

Trauma Organizations and Networks

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
ISTSS is an international multidisciplinary, professional membership organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma. This knowledge includes understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure, preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences and advocating for the field of traumatic stress. ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world.

National Center of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD)
NCPTSD is a center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. The Center has seven divisions across the country.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
AACAP is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)
The Clearinghouse is a national resource for professionals seeking information on the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and related child welfare issues. The Clearinghouse maintains an extensive database of documents on child abuse and neglect, child welfare and adoption, and offers materials-many of which are free.

Children's Bureau
The Children's Bureau works with State and local agencies to develop programs that focus on preventing the abuse of children in troubled families, protecting children from abuse, and finding permanent placements for those who cannot safely return to their homes.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states. Our impact is felt worldwide.

General Trauma

David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages
These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this award winning site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field.

Sidran Institute
Because many people underestimate the developmental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual injuries that can result when people experience or witness traumatic events, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Inc. develops and delivers educational programming, resources for treatment, support, and help, trauma informed community and professional collaboration projects, and publications about trauma and recovery.

Child Trauma Academy
The Child Trauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas is a unique collaborative of individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.

Training Services at the
Center for Child and
Family Traumatic Stress:

Our Center's Training Academy and consultation services have trained over 2,000 professionals, organizations, and community partners on best practices for treating childhood traumatic stress.

If you are a mental health professional, service provider, or organization interested in improving your trauma-focused treatment capacity, visit our Training page to learn more about trainings offered by staff at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.

Training Courses

Helping Your Child Cope
with Media Coverage of
Community Racial Trauma
& Civil Unrest:

A short video providing tips for helping children cope with media coverage of racial trauma and community unrest:

Resource Finder


A free resource that provides access to information and support for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.