Top 10 Trauma Resources: Online Informed Care

April 5, 2012
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The web contains a wealth of free resources dedicated to the practice of trauma-informed care. Here we present ten of our favorite sites for you to explore. We encourage you to share in the Comments section other resources you’ve found useful, and, if you’re an Instructor, we encourage you to share resources in the Community as well.

The sites listed below are ranked alphabetically. Please note that the links are provided as a courtesy. Links from this page do not represent or imply the endorsement by CPI of commercial products or opinions.

Child Trauma Academy

The Child Trauma Academy strives to improve the lives of high-risk children through service, research, and education.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO)

CMHO supports the providers of youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. Its membership consists of community-based children’s mental health centers that serve thousands of kids and their families every year. It champions the right of every young person in Ontario to enjoy mental health and well-being.

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning: A Response to Intervention (RTI) Model

This site provides a variety of resources to help schools become more trauma-sensitive. The links provide a list of commonly asked questions with responses, an annotated list of high-quality resources, and a PowerPoint presentation with detailed speaker notes that can be used in a building in-service.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

This site offers valuable information about CMHS’s (Center for Mental Health Services) National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC). It offers resources such as publications, reports, webinars, and other tools.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network aims to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and teens. Its site offers a wealth of information geared toward children, including numerous webinars.

Oregon Health Services—Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Services

This site provides valuable links to policy samples, screening tools, presentations, publications, and other trauma-related web links.

SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) 

NCTIC provides training for staff, consumers, and others to facilitate trauma-informed care in a range of service systems. A useful list of national hotlines, referral resources, and support services can be found here.

SAMHSA—Recovery Support

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The site offers resources such as publications, grants, webinars, and a Shared Decision-Making tool.

Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

The Trauma Center is a program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a nonprofit organization that offers hope to children and adults who are at risk of not receiving effective services essential to their safety, progress, and/or survival. The center offers education, research, events, publications, and other resources.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)—A Web-Based Learning Course

TF-CBT is a child and parent psychotherapy approach for kids who have behavioral difficulties that result from trauma. Children and parents learn new skills to manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that result from traumatic life events.

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