Trauma-Informed Care Toolkits

*Updated 10/09/2014

"Becoming trauma-informed is a process that involves striving towards a new way of understanding people and providing services and supports. This process involves a gradual integration of trauma concepts and trauma sensitive responses into daily practice." ***

 

Principles of trauma-informed care:

  • Understanding Trauma and Its Impact
  • Promoting Safety
  • Ensuring Cultural Competence
  • Supporting Consumer Control, Choice and Autonomy
  • Sharing Power and Governance
  • Integrating Care
  • Healing Happens in Relationships
  • Recovery is Possible

The National Center on Family Homelessness. p 17-18.

 

View PowerPoint slides on Trauma-Informed Care from SAMHSA/HRSA



 

Section Index

  1. General
  2. Animal Abuse/The Link
  3. Building Collaborations/Community
  4. Child welfare/protection services
  5. Criminal Justice/Law enforcement
  6. Domestic violence
  7. Education
  8. Foster Care/Adoption
  9. Health care
  10. Homelessness
  11. Military Families
  12. Refugee/Immigrant services
  13. Youth services 

 
  

1. General

'The Last Frontier' Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma & Trauma Informed Care & Service Delivery -  Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)/Australia. (2012). 

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care - SAMHSA. 

Tips for Staff and Advocates Working with Children Polyvictimization." The Safe Start Center, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. (ca 2011-2012).

 

VETO: Violence Educational Tools Online - VetoViolence has been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide grantees and partners with access to training and tools that focus on the primary prevention of violence. The portal includes free training, program planning resources, and an on-line application for the creation of success stories. There are modules/tools for Child Maltreatment Prevention, Suicide Prevention, Sexual Violence Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention, and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention. The portal will continue to evolve as additional resources are added.

 

2. Animal Abuse/The Link

Toolkit for Starting a Link Coalition in Your Community - This toolkit outlines how communities can form coalitions by connecting officials in child welfare, animal welfare, domestic violence response and adult protective services to identify and respond to incidents of animal abuse and interpersonal violence. It includes details on how to start a coalition, along with case studies to encourage communities to take action and urge stakeholders to collaborate and work toward a multidisciplinary approach in addressing animal cruelty and human violence. (2013). More info on The Link here.

 

 

3. Building Collaborations/Community

Building Collaborations - Resources from the Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Community Conversations About Mental Health Discussion Guide -  This 20-page toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to help individuals and organizations who want to organize community conversations. SAMHSA, (2013).

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Information Brief - The Information Brief is designed to be used alongside the other elements of the Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health and provides data and information to help community conversations participants consider key issues of importance to their communities. SAMHSA. (2013).

Essentials for Childhood - Steps to Create Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships - This document suggests strategies for communities to consider. It is intended for anyone committed to the positive development of children and families, and specifically to the prevention of all forms of child maltreatment (CM). More resources. CDC. (2013).

 

4. Child welfare/protection services

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit: Comprehensive Guide - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). (2008). 2nd Edition (2013).
Learning Center for Child & Adolescent Trauma - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families: Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System - American Humane Assn. (Sept. 2010).

Supporting Infants, Toddlers and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma - SAMHSA. (2012).

Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources: The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University and JBS International created this web-based tool to support leaders and decision makers at all levels (national, state, tribal, territorial, and local) in taking steps on their journey.

This tool comprised of issue briefs, video interviews, and resource lists tells a story of implementation of trauma informed services and offers guidance and resources to help you on your implementation journey. The video interviews are of national, state, tribal, and local leaders in many child-serving systems; developers of evidence-based treatments and practices; physicians; researchers; administrators of provider organizations; clinicians; youth and young adults; families; and advocates who share lessons learned and identify remaining gaps. Youth and their families provide client perspectives on the need for trauma-informed practices and the impact of trauma-informed care on their lives. Stakeholders in selected states share lessons learned over a 1-year period of intensive efforts to become more trauma informed. The issue briefs provide an introduction and overview for each of the tool’s eight modules. The comprehensive resources lists support users in understanding how to build trauma-informed systems and organizations.

Trauma-Informed Care resources - Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit - Downloadable from the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project. (2013).

Trauma & Resilience: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit - This toolkit is designed for all levels of youth/young adult service providers, from front line staff, to clinicians, to administrators. We hope this toolkit will help you and your respective agencies and programs in your journey to becoming trauma-informed. St. Andrews. (2013). San Francisco, CA: Adolescent Health Working Group.

Tips for Child Welfare Staff - A brief from The Safe Start Center, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. (2011).

A Behavioral Health Toolkit for Providers working with Children of the Incarcerated and their Families - To promote understanding among social service practitioners, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) within the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Health and Recovery Services Administration, teamed with DSHS' Office of Planning, Performance and Accountability to create an online toolkit, which includes tools for professionals, information for youth and caregivers, and research on interventions.  This web-based training toolkit provides practitioners with the skills required to respond to the needs of children of parents who are in prison or have an incarceration history. Washington State Dept. of Health & Human Services. (2009). More resources at FindYouthInfo.gov.

Little Children Big Challenges: Incarceration - This toolkit provides much-needed bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia tools for families with young children (ages 3-8) who have an incarcerated parent. These FREE resources include a resource kit with A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, a Children's Storybook, and a new Sesame Street video; an Incarcerated Parent Tip Sheet; and the Sesame Street: Incarceration mobile app for smart phones and tablets. (2013).

Children in Foster Care with Parents in Federal Prison:  A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies, Federal Prisons, and Residential Reentry Centers -  The purpose of this toolkit is to help facilitate communication and cooperation between child welfare agencies and federal prisons so that parents can stay engaged in their children's lives. (2013). More resources at FindYouthInfo.gov.

 

 

5. Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

The National Prevention Toolkit on Officer Involved Domestic Violence - A project of the Law Enforcement Families Partnership (LEFP) at the Institute for Family Violence Studies within Florida State University’s College of Social Work. The Toolkit is part of a broad-based effort to prevent violence in the homes of criminal justice families and to support healthy families, agencies, and communities. Please note that this Toolkit is not a batterer intervention program and is not for use when violence has already occurred. Florida State University. (2013).

 

 

6. Domestic violence

Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness- A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs - The National Center on Family Homelessness. (2013).

The National Prevention Toolkit on Officer Involved Domestic ViolenceA project of the Law Enforcement Families Partnership (LEFP) at the Institute for Family Violence Studies within Florida State University’s College of Social Work. The Toolkit is part of a broad-based effort to prevent violence in the homes of criminal justice families and to support healthy families, agencies, and communities. Please note that this Toolkit is not a batterer intervention program and is not for use when violence has already occurred. Florida State University. (2013).

Real Tools: Responding to Multi-Abuse Trauma - Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. (2011).

 

7. Education

Child Trauma Toolkits for Educators -  In English & Spanish (funded by CMHS, SAMHSA, HHS). 

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning: A Response to Intervention Model -- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides resources to help schools become more trauma-sensitive. The site features the Response to Intervention (RtI) model to successfully support students with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues. 

How Schools Can Help Students Recover from Traumatic Experiences (pdf) -- A tool kit put together by Rand Corporation. Many changes in students’ performance and behavior stem from their experience of, for example, witnessing violence, undergoing assault or abuse, living through natural disasters, or experiencing acts of terrorism. This tool kit describes how such changes appear in the school setting and provides a compendium of programs available to schools that help support the long-term recovery of traumatized students. The tool kit describes how to select students for such programs and possible ways to fund those programs. It compares the programs with one another according to the types of trauma they address, the problems they target, the requirements for training and implementation, and evidence for a program’s effectiveness. Finally, it gives a one-page information sheet on each selected program, summarizing the objective, intended population, and format of the program and providing details on implementation, personnel training and materials, and contact information. Web site that describes the book. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) site from Rand Health Project. 

Trauma-Informed Resources for Educators - (NCTSN).

*Helping Traumatized Children Learn -- Vol. 1 (Purple Book) and Vol. 2 (Teal Book) How to integrate trauma-informed practices and policies into your school and school district from the people at the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative. 

 

 

8. Foster Care/Adoption

Trauma Informed Assessment and Preparation Toolkit - A resource center from The Ohio Trauma Consortium a grassroots effort, of social workers, therapists and trainers who provide trauma informed preparation and support of adoptive and foster families. See more resources on their Trauma Consortium Resources website (2013).

Children in Foster Care with Parents in Federal Prison:  A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies, Federal Prisons, and Residential Reentry Centers -  The purpose of this toolkit is to help facilitate communication and cooperation between child welfare agencies and federal prisons so that parents can stay engaged in their children's lives. (2013). More resources at FindYouthInfo.gov.

 

 

9. Health care

Health Care Toolbox for Providers - ABC and now DEF (Distress, Emotions, Family) - Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS).

Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners: Lessons from Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse -

This handbook presents information that will help health care practitioners practise in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other types of interpersonal violence. It is intended for health care practitioners and students of all health disciplines who have no specialized training in mental health, psychiatry, or psychotherapy and have limited experience working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. (2009).

 

 

10. Homelessness

Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness - A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs - The National Center on Family Homelessness. (2013).

Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers - US Dept. of Labor. (2011).

 

 

11. Military Families

Resources for military families facing PTSD/TBI - "Post Deployment Health and Distress Responses: Overview for Practitioners;" "The Invisible Injuries of War: Impact on Military Families and Children, for Providers," and; "The Impact of Invisible Injuries: Helping Your Family and Children, for Service Members and families," are available for download. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). (2013).

Working with Military-Connected Youth - Educator's Guide with resources to help the youth from military families. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. (Jul. 2013).

 

 

12. Refugee/Immigrant services

A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working With Immigrant Families: Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System - American Humane Assn. (Sept. 2010).

Transcending Violence: Emerging Models for Trauma Healing in Refugee Communities - SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC). (2008). 

Warning Signs of Exposure to Violence, Immigrant Families - (Office of Juvenile Justice & Deliquency Prevention). 

 

13. Youth services 

*Adolescent Health Working Group (San Francisco, CA) Trauma & Resilience Adolescent Provider Toolkit. (There's also a Toolkit Tour.) The toolkit includes more than 50 handouts on: Spectrums of trauma and resilience, trauma inequities, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), adolescent brain development, developmental trauma disorder, trauma triggers, posttraumatic growth, resilience, developmental assets, developmental competencies, provider self-care, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, trauma-informed consequences, culturally sensitive approaches to care, restorative practices, social action, and a comprehensive list of trauma-informed evidence based best practices and promising approaches.

 

Its content -- text, charts, graphs -- can be incorporated into advocacy efforts, policy development, clinical practices, staff development and training, classroom procedures, and peer programs.

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