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A Resource Collection on Trauma-Informed Care

A Resource Collection on Trauma-Informed Care

A resource collection compiled by and for Parent Centers

Compiled and reviewed by:
Gail Osborne, the First Resource Center (NC), and Kelly Henderson, Formed Families Forward (VA)

Coordinators at the Region 2 PTAC @ ECAC:
Laura Weber, Executive Director, and Terri Leyton, TA Coordinator


September 2018

Welcome to this collection of resources on trauma-informed care. The collection has been developed and reviewed by a team of Parent Centers (many, many thanks!), specifically for the Parent Center network to use in their work supporting and empowering parents and families of children with disabilities.

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How’s the Collection Organized?

The collection is divided into separate web pages, as follows:

Resource Collection | Introduction and Landing Page  (you’re here already)

Resource Collection | Basic Information about Trauma
If you would like to build your knowledge base and understanding of what trauma is, what kinds of trauma there are, and how it affects children in particular, start here. Its table of contents includes: (a) introductory information about trauma (flyers, infographics, and short videos easily shared with others); (b) adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); (c) websites that are especially on-point; (d) how parents and caregivers can support and help children who’ve experienced trauma(s); (e)  the value of resilience; and (f) information about childhood trauma in Spanish and other languages.

Resource Collection | What is Trauma-Informed Care?
Here you’ll find: (a) the basic principles that define trauma-informed care (TIC); (b) the most relevant websites to consult; (c) videos and webinars that focus specifically on TIC; and (d)  resources on how to become a trauma-informed care organization.

Resource Collection | Trauma and Specific Populations
Trauma affects people differently, and there are different kinds of trauma as well. This web page identifies resources that focus on the impact of trauma on: (a) children and youth with disabilities such as AD/HD, developmental disabilities, or traumatic brain injury; (b) Native American communities; (c) youth; and (d) youth in juvenile justice settings.

Resource Collection | Building Trauma-Informed Schools
What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? This part of the collection identifies resources that answer that question; includes information for educators about creating a trauma-informed classroom for their students; shares tools and training resources for schools to use in professional development; and ends with a sampling of self-assessmentinstruments for organizations, especially schools.

Resource Collection | Responding to Disasters
The nation has had many natural disasters of late, all of which cause catastrophic damage and most definitely include trauma to those impacted. This web page gives you multiple resources describing how to prepare for an anticipated natural disaster (be it a hurricane, tornaedo, flood, earthquake, or wildfire).  There are also sections on resources to help people respond duringthe event itself; materials and help for the aftermath focused on support and recovery; and tips for parents, caregivers, and mental health professionals as to how to provide support following a specific kind of disaster. Many materials in Spanish are identified.

To access the resources on the topic of your interest, simply click on the linked text above! 

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Ways You Can Use This Resource Collection

Inside the collection, Parent Centers and other stakeholders will find information on trauma-informed care to support and empower their work with families, children, youth, and community members who have been affected by traumatic experiences. As care providers and service organizations, we need to be aware of–and responsive to–the ways in which trauma can impact how people think, behave, adapt to hardship, and interact with others. Parent Centers and others can use this collection in multiple ways, including:

  • to learn more about different kinds of trauma and the short-term and long-lasting effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities;
  • as part of staff training and professional development;
  • to build capacity as an organization that works closely with people on a daily basis about sensitive, often highly personal matters;
  • to find information on trauma that’s family-friendly and that can be shared when relevant;
  • to find trauma-related resources in an array of formats (e.g., videos, fact sheets, webinars, other languages);
  • to bolster the organization’s (and community’s) ability to prepare for and respond in real time to events occurring in the region (such as a hurricane, earthquake, school shooting, or other natural disaster); and
  • to ensure that their work with people and within the community is trauma-informed, culturally attuned, and responsive to the individual needs and issues of the families and others they serve.

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How Was This Resource Collection Developed?

Parent Center product advisors and reviewers identified resources on trauma and trauma-informed care. The reviewers felt the resources would be best utilized if they were broken into sub-categories: Basic Information, What is Trauma-Informed Care?, Trauma and Specific Populations, Building Trauma-Informed Schools, and Responding to Disasters.

Two screening tools were utilized in order to maintain consistency and guidance as reviewers screened the resources and products.

  • The first tool was developed to quickly cull out the resources that didn’t “make the grade.”
  • The second tool enabled the reviewers to dig deeper into each resource to determine if it was of sufficient quality, relevance, and usefulness to be used by Parent Centers.

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The Development and Review Team

The Region 2 Parent Technical Assistance Center coordinated this initiative with compilers and reviewers coming from Parent Centers in Region 2 who have experience with trauma-informed care. We are most appreciative of the dedication and generosity of their time and talent, and are proud to share their names and affiliations below:

Compilers and Reviewers at Parent Centers

Gaile Osborne | Project Director, FIRST Parent Center | CPRC in North Carolina serving Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison counties

Kelly Henderson
| Executive Director, Formed Families Forward | CPRC in Virginia serving foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, and the city of Alexandria.

Coordinators at Region 2 PTAC @ ECAC

Laura J. Weber, Director of Region 2 PTAC, Executive Director, ECAC
Terri Leyton, Technical Assistance Coordinator, Region 2 PTAC at ECAC


Lisa Küpper | Product Development Coordinator| Center for Parent Information and Resources

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SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information and Resources