Colorado School Safety Resource Center Trauma Materials
- The Role for Caring Adults after a School or Community Tragedy
- Talking to Children about School Safety: For School Personnel
Purpose of the Psychological First Aid Model Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed intervention model to assist students, staff, and families in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or emergency event, and can be used by any trained staff member or school administrator. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress and trauma caused by emergencies, and to help students return to their usual school-based activities after such an event. By using these brief and effective interventions in the form of the five steps of PFA (Listen, Protect, Connect, Model, and Teach), schools can provide a long-lasting, positive influence on trauma-related stress. 10 Tips for Teaching the Psychological First Aid Model for K-12 Education Agencies (PDF – 175 KB).
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has created a short video explaining what to expect when reaching out to the Colorado Crisis Services hotline via text. The video is intended for youth audiences, but is a useful resource for anyone wondering what it is like when they text the word TALK to 38255. The short answer is that they will have a free and confidential conversation with a live, trained clinician who can provide support and resources no matter what the situation or time of day. We invite you to share the video with your networks.
- Provides assistance in helping to find services to help people in need of support following a crisis or emergency
- Provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS)
- This service was created by Senate Bill 13-266 - Coordinated Behavioral Health Crisis Response and launched in December 2014.
- This initiative will create a foundation for the development of a comprehensive statewide behavioral health crisis care system for individuals, families, and communities.
- It will improve access to the most appropriate resources and services as early as possible;
- decrease the number of unnecessary involuntary civil commitments, utilization of hospital emergency departments, jails, prisons, and homeless programs for individuals experiencing a behavioral health emergency; and
- promote recovery for the individual.
- Statewide 24-Hour crisis + support line – Lines staffed by skilled professionals and peers to assess and make appropriate referrals to resources and treatment. 1.844.493.8255 (TALK)
- Walk-in crisis services / crisis stabilization unit(s) – 24 hour Urgent care services with capacity for immediate clinical intervention, triage, stabilization, and connection to services.
- Mobile crisis services – 24 hour Mobile crisis units with the ability to respond within one-hour in urban and two-hours in rural areas to a behavioral health crisis in the community for immediate clinical intervention, triage, stabilization, and connection to services.
- Crisis Respite/Residential – A range of short-term crisis residential services (e.g., supervised apartments/houses, foster homes, and crisis stabilization services).
- Statewide awareness campaign and communication – multi-media campaign/branding and communication to increase awareness of behavioral health illness and resources.
- Information Sheet
Colorado Flood Resources
- The Colorado Department of Education compiled information to help school districts and families who have been impacted by the flooding across the state. These resources are intended to help with educational issues associated with natural disasters and to provide information on emergency community assistance.
- Recovery specific website created by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.
- Information and helpful tips on mental health, cleaning up and hygiene, water safety, and worker safety following a flood.
- Feelings after a flood. Floods can cause people to feel sad, angry, or confused--particularly children. See CDC's flyer, “Feelings After a Flood,” for suggestions on how to help kids understand their feelings after a flooding disaster.
- Being Safe After a Flood Activity Book ages 3-7 years
- Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.
- Quick and timely information updated twice daily about Colorado flood information.
- Resources for helping schools prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from flood damage.
Other Trauma Resources
- The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.
- NEW -- This 2019 technical package from the Centers for Disease Control presents several strategies that can prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) from happening in the first place, as well as strategies to mitigate harm. By addressing the conditions that give rise to ACEs and simultaneously addressing the needs of children and parents, these strategies take a multi-generation approach to prevent ACEs and ensure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Together, these strategies are intended to work in combination and reinforce each other to prevent ACEs and achieve synergistic impact.Read more about Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence (PDF – 3.7 MB).
- Produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2011
- A free resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities. It includes general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.
- To learn more about other AFSP programs and resources for schools, go to www.afsp.org/schools.
- Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting | en Español
- Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting | en Español
- Recovering from Wildfires
- Resources created to highlight issues related to trauma, to explain how trauma can affect children and adolescents, and to help schools support students and families who have been impacted by trauma.
- The materials range from basic informational fact sheets to webinars describing interventions for trauma in schools. They cover a variety of trauma types, and are applicable for youth from the preschool to high school years.
- Trauma Informed Care Clinical Consultation Flyer.
- The Trauma Informed Care Clinical Group is a subcommittee of the COACT Colorado System of Care, an initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative is housed within the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Office of Children, Youth and Families. The Trauma Informed Care Clinical Group is comprised of licensed mental health professionals with extensive experience serving at-risk children and families. The group provides free consultation to organizations serving children and families who have experienced trauma.
- The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
- CBITS was developed by a team of clinician-researchers from the RAND Corporation, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
- Cognitive Behavorial Intervention for Trauma in Schools E-Book
- Resources for school crises
- Students and Trauma video (requires creating a free account)
- Crisis Resources, including tips for talking to students, staff, and families about a crisis; sample communications; helpful reports; and links to outside organizations.
CCASA promotes safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence. Provides research, resources, and training to enable Colorado communities to believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.
Teen Toolkit: Resources Regarding Consent, Confidentiality, Access, and Service Provision for Victims of Sexual Violence Who are Minors
This Toolkit, published in 2013, is designed to help Colorado victim advocates, case managers, guidance counselors, educators, medical providers and youth-serving professionals determine the most effective responses for working with survivors of sexual assault/abuse who are teenagers. In some situations, it may be appropriate to share this Toolkit with teens. This Toolkit is not a substitute for legal advice, but rather should be used to provide guidelines while informing agency policies around advocacy, counseling, and medical services for minors as it relates to sexual violence or sexual abuse.
Because of the startling prevalence of sexual assault and abuse within the teenage demographic, it is imperative that all youth-serving professionals are able to recognize, respond compassionately, and refer these cases to the appropriate services.
- Information provided by Ready.gov to help understand reactions to a disaster and special tips for helping children after a disaster.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) was established in 1987 to address United States Department of Defense concerns around the psychological impact and health consequences resulting from the impact of traumatic events, to include weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and natural disasters.
Contains research and resources related to all kinds of traumatic stress
- Discussions with Children about the Tornado (Oklahoma, 2013)
- Final recommendations from the U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, December 2012.
- The report emphasizes prevention and intervention and underscores the importance of trauma-informed care and victim-tailored services. The task force calls on the federal government, states, tribes, and communities to ensure that all children exposed to violence are identified, screened, and assessed; and to create multidisciplinary councils to facilitate systemwide collaboration.
Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive, November 2014
- This report presents policy recommendations to address the impact of violence on tribal youth.
- Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for Spanish.
- TTY 1-800-846-8517
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from a tragedy.
- Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.
- A resource for dealing with trauma from the Anti-Defamation League. Stresses that adults need to take time to work through their own feelings and perceptions with other adults before talking to children.
- Developed by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy in 2003.
- This introductory booklet is written for an interdisciplinary audience. Caregivers, childcare providers, teachers, law enforcement, child protection workers, social workers, judges, nurses, pediatricians and mental health service providers all are will work with traumatized or maltreated children. The more we can understand these children and the impact of traumatic experiences, the more compassionate and wise we can be in our interactions and in our problem solving.
- Published March 2014 in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS)
- This article highlights the First Response Resiliency program coordinated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers guidance about how to help children cope.
- Helping Children Cope with Disaster pamphlet
- Helping Kids Cope with Disaster recommendations from Ready.gov
The American Academy of Pediatrics, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice, has launched a new Web site that provides pediatricians the resources they need to modify the operations of their practice to identify, treat, and refer children who have been victims of or witnesses to violence.
- Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.
- Mental Health First Aid training is for everybody, especially people who have a lot of contact with the general public — they are the most likely to encounter people who are suffering from emotional health problems. It's particularly helpful to police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, community leaders, human resource professionals, friends and family of people with mental illness or addiction.
- Mental Health First Aid Colorado teaches caring Colorado citizens how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.
- Find a Class
- Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
- The Mental Health First Aid USA Youth Curriculum is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Resource Guide
- Mental Health First Aid Colorado has complied a resource guide surrounding the intersection of mental health and schools/youth development organizations.
- Launched in 2014
- NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.
- Offers information for Secondary School Principals regarding Managing School Crises and PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum.
- NASP Trauma Infographic. This trauma-sensitive schools infographic explains the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences, characteristics of trauma-sensitive schools, and the role of the school psychologist in providing early identification and intervention services, delivering mental health supports, and contributing to positive student outcomes.
- Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence
- Coping with Crisis - Helping Children with Special Needs: Tips for School Personnel and Parents
- Dealing with a Death in School: Practical Suggestions for Educators
- Helping Children after a Wildfire: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
- Helping Children Cope with Crisis: Care for Caregivers
- Identifying Severely Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators
- Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Responding to Wildfires: Helping Children and Families: Information for School Crisis Teams
- Responsible Media Coverage of Crisis Events Impacting Children and Youth
- Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers | en Español
- Tips for Teachers and Parents Following School and Community Violence
- Created to promote an appreciation of the role schools can serve to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss and to link efforts to provide trauma-related and bereavement support services within school settings.
- Serves as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, communities, children's groups and projects in the areas of crisis and loss
- Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff Member
- The National Center on Family Homelessness is the nation's foremost authority on family homelessness. We conduct state-of-the-art research and develop innovative solutions to end family homelessness in America and give every child a chance.
- America's Youngest Outcasts: A Report Card on Child Homelessness, November 2014
- This report documents the number of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy efforts. Using findings from numerous sources that include well-established national data sets as well as our own research, we rank the states in four domains, and then develop a composite of these domains to rank the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst). The report also presents causes of homelessness and steps to take to prevent it, as well as discusses the role of trauma.
- The Network is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services and jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University. The NCTSN works to accomplish its mission of serving the nation's traumatized children and their families. Offers handouts and useful materials for school support personnel.
- Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Toolkit The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma Toolkit was developed by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) and the NCTSN Trauma & IDD Expert Panel, a national selection of individuals with expertise in trauma and IDD.
- Creating, Supporting, and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Schools: A System Framework
- The NCTSN System Framework for Trauma-Informed Schools provides strategic guidance in order to achieve the vision of a trauma-informed school described above. It is not a prescriptive roadmap for a one-size-fits all approach. Instead, it includes core areas that will help to focus educational system improvements and organizational changes. These core areas can be applied to each of the three intervention tiers to create a trauma-informed environment within the school system while identifying those who are at risk or might need more intensive support to address their traumatic stress or loss symptoms.
- Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators.
- Help Kids Cope App By UCLA helps parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them throughout—whether sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating to a designated shelter, or helping your family heal after reuniting. Available on for IOS. Help Kids Cope was a collaborative effort between the Ozark Center and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Funding provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Ozark Center, Inc., and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Source NCTSN http://nctsn.org/content/help-kids-cope
Offers a 6-hour Online Training on Psychological First Aid.
Back to School Resources for School Personnel, August 2013
Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers, June 2014
Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators, June 2014
Families and Trauma, launched May 2014
- Helping Children with Traumatic Grief, March 2014
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers, May 2014
- Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators, October 2014
Military and Veteran Families and Children, launched March 2014
- Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Resources for School Personnel
- Secondary Traumatic Stress resources
- Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals
- Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR)
- Launched in July 2014, SPR is an evidence-informed modular intervention that aims to help survivors gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity. SPR is appropriate to use in the Recovery Phase by mental health professionals and other disaster recovery workers. It can be delivered in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, assisted living facilities, houses of worship, community centers, libraries, and homes).
- SPR is intended to help survivors identify their most pressing current concerns and teach them the skills so they can better address those needs. The skills used in SPR include enhancing problem-solving abilities, increasing positive activities, managing distressing reactions, promoting helpful thinking, and building healthy social connections.
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
- Terrorism and Catastrophic Mass Violence Resources
- Understanding the Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse: A Toolkit for Providers (2008)
- Wildfires | en Español
- Wildfire Trauma Information
- Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors
- Tip sheets for parents after disasters
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Bombings
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters | en Español
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters | en Español
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters | en Español
- Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters | en Español
- Talking to Children about the Bombings
- Wildfires: Tips for Parents on Media Coverage | en Español
- Tip sheets created in response to recent tragedy in Colorado
- The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.
- Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Community Members Can Do
- For Teachers, Clergy, and Other Adults in the Community, published 2006
- Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do
- For Parents of Children Exposed to Violence or Disaster, published 2006
- Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Rescue Workers Can Do
- For Police, Fire, and Other First Responders, published 2006
- OVC is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
- Bullying publications and resources
- Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse publications and resources
- Child Trafficking and Exploitation publications and resources
- Children Exposed to Violence publications and resources
- The HALOS Strategy Toolkit, released May 2014
- This toolkit provides strategies for community collaboration to assist abused and neglected children and their caregivers. This free resource models the OVC-funded Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program in Charleston, SC, which connects child victims and their caretakers to local organizations who provide resources and special opportunities to these families in need. The toolkit offers lessons learned from the HALOS initiative, recommends strategies for establishing programs similar to HALOS, and provides sample tools to use with partnering organizations.
- Missing Children publications and resources
- Teen Dating Violence publications and resources
Optum Health en Español
- Trauma and grief coping resources in Spanish
- Dealing with Grief in the Workplace, Part 1 Employees
- Dealing with Grief in the Workplace, Part 2 Management
- Strategies to Cope with Grief
- Published in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- This tip sheet provides information about how parents can cope with their own stress and support their children in good ways to promote healing.
- This Listen, Protect, Connect is a 16 page booklet that helps frame an approach to helping parents and children in times of disaster or emergencies. Produced in partnership with www.ready.gov and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University of California Los Angeles, School of Public Health and Disasters and Health and Media Research Group.
- This Listen, Protect, Connect - Model & Teach is a 16 page booklet that helps frame an approach to helping students in times of disaster, school crisis, or emergencies. Produced in partnership with www.ready.gov and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.
- This brief newsletter article was published by the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN) in November 2014 to prepare the community for the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Arapahoe High School.
- The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of and promote community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence.
- Impact of Exposure to Violence on Stages of Development (Birth to Adolescence)
- Moving From Evidence to Action: Safe Start Center Series on Children Exposed to Violence
- Issue Brief #1: Understanding Children's Exposure to Violence
- Issue Brief #2: Pediatric Care Settings
- Issue Brief #3: Schools
- Issue Brief #5: Domestic Violence Agencies and Shelters
- Issue Brief #6: Homeless Shelters, Permanent/Supportive Housing, and Transitional Housing
- Issue Brief #7: Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates
- Toolkit for Schools -- As the National Survey for Children Exposed to Violence has shown, children's exposure to home and community violence is prevalent in the U.S. Exposure to traumatic events is often unexpected and can leave educators with many uncertainties about what to do next. Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools, and pragmatic guidance. Safe Start Center's Toolkit for Schools is a collection of resources for school administrators and teachers to learn more about the prevalence and negative consequences of children's exposure to violence and how they can help.
- Part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- Toolkit Contents
- Tips for Teachers
- Tips for Agencies and Staff Working with Youth
- Tips for Early Childhood Providers
- Tips for Agencies Working with Immigrant Families
- Healing Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence
- Issue Brief 1: Understanding Children's Exposure to Violence
- Issue Brief 3: Schools
- Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities - Tips for Teachers
- Toolkit for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
- Sesame Street provides resources for families with young children.
- Hurricanes, storms, and other natural disasters can be difficult for young children who may not fully understand what's going on around them. These tips, activities, and videos can help them feel safe, cope with emotions, and understand that there is hope for the future.
- Grief is complex; it encompasses a wide range of emotions that can come and go in waves. Use these tips, videos, children's story, and guide to help your family communicate with one another, express emotions, and begin the process of moving forward. You are not alone. And with time, you and your family will experience new happy moments together.
- Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve
- When Families Grieve presents families' personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward.
- SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
- Behavioral Health Treatment Facility Locator
- Behavioral Health Disaster Response App, released February 2014
- Apple App Store
- Android Google Play Store
- Blackberry Appworld
- It’s easier than ever to provide support in the aftermath of disasters, and focus on what really matters—the people in need. SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App is designed for behavioral health professionals and provides access to evidenced-based mental health and substance use information, tools, and resources for use in the field.
- Coping with Disasters and Traumatic Events
- Disaster Response Behavioral Health Resources
- Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
- The Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) supports SAMHSA's efforts to prepare states, territories, tribes, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance abuse (behavioral health) response to disasters. DTAC support includes technical assistance, training, consultation, disaster behavioral health resources, information exchange, and knowledge brokering.
- Helping Children and Youth Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events
- Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters, 2nd Edition, 2005
- SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, July 2014
- Introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, service sector can become trauma-informed. Includes a definition of trauma (the three "E's"), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (the four "R's"), 6 key principles, and 10 implementation domains.
- Self-Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders, podcast recorded July 2013
- Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, October 2014
- TIP 57 - Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, published 2014
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma, September 2013
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Returning to Work | en Español, September 2014
- Tips for Suvivors: Coping with Grief after Community Violence, November 2014
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress, January 2007
- Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: What to Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life, January 2005
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event | en Español
A guide for parents, caregivers, and teachers, from 2012.
Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives - Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, A Working Document / Second Report
Published September 2013, this report presents the activities of multiple departments within the Federal government relating to trauma of women and girls. The U.S. Department of Education summarizes activities and initiatives in schools.
Understanding Child Trauma. Gives parents and caregivers an overview of the the types of traumatic stress that commonly affect children and details on the effects these events have on their physical and psychological health. Includes a list of resources for assisting with recovery.
Understanding Compassion Fatigue: Tips for Disaster Responders | en Español, September 2014
Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction: Tips for Disaster Responders, podcast recorded September 2013
- Developed by the RAND Corporation in 2009
- Exposure to community and interpersonal violence is a public health crisis that adversely affects many children in American communities. After witnessing or experiencing trauma, many children experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and poor school performance. The Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) program is a series of ten lessons whose structured approach aims to reduce distress resulting from exposure to trauma. Designed to be implemented by teachers or school counselors in groups of 8–10 middle school students, the program includes a wide variety of skill-building techniques geared toward changing maladaptive thoughts and promoting positive behaviors. It is also intended to increase levels of peer and parent support for affected students.
- A resource created in 2013 by the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime.
- Contains videos discussing how violence and trauma affect children, treatments that work, the Child Advocacy Center, and community-based approaches.
- The Treatment and Services Adaptation Center website is supported by a team of clinicians, researchers, and educators who are respected authorities in the areas of school trauma and crisis response and come from from the RAND Corporation, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
- This site contains tips and resources for parents and educators to support students who have experienced trauma and help improve outcomes for both youth and adults.
- Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
- Mental health professionals are essential to supporting students exposed to traumatic stress. Access information to help clinicians better support traumatized students, including CBITS, an evidence-based intervention for traumatized students.
- Psychological First Aid: Listen, Protect, and Connect (PFA: LPC)
- A trauma-informed school provides a network of support for students experiencing daily stressors or extreme events. Review the key components of a trauma-informed school, including PFA—LPC, a crisis response strategy.
- Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)
- Educators are often the first line of defense for students coping with traumatic events. Access information to better support students, including SSET, an evidence-based intervention for school staff to help students exposed to traumatic events.
U.S. Department of Education
- From the "Helpful Hints" newsletter series, published 2008.
- Provides practical information for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as teachers, coaches, school administrators, and others who are helping those affected. (September 2005)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Dear Colleague Letter, July 11, 2013
- This is a comprehensive guidance letter to child welfare professionals and providers serving children and families who have experienced severe trauma. This guidance—based on emerging research and the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study—encourages the integrated use of trauma-focused screening, functional assessments, and evidence-based best practices to improve children’s well-being.
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