This section of the website contains links to documents and websites that we believe will be useful to practitioners and other professionals working in the area of child and adolescent trauma.
Resources for practitioners
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This resource discusses how children and young people may react to a traumatic event. It discusses different reactions that may occur at different ages. It also discusses what may help children and young people to recover from a traumatic event.
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This tip sheet provides some information about talking to children about trauma, particularly interpersonal trauma.
This resource developed with Kidsmatter discusses indirect sources of trauma, including media exposure.
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The majority of young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system have faced serious adversities. This tip sheet helps to understand more about the impact of trauma on this population and how to relate this with your work with young people.
Resources for families and carers
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Accidents are unexpected events that often result in injury such as a car accident, sporting accident, fall, burn injury or animal attack. Accidents can have physical consequences for children that range from mild and temporary to severe and long-term depending on the nature of the accident.
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“Psychological First Aid” is a term used like physical first aid, to describe strategies to assess and protect people in an emergency which threatens their lives or wellbeing.
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Infants, children and adolescents can have experiences which overwhelm them and possibly damage their emotional and psychological health and their general development.
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Child Study Center, New York University, US
A resource sheet developed for professionals who want to help children cope with traumatic events.
Department of Human Services, VIC
A guide that has been developed to assist practitioners to understand the typical developmental pathways of children and to recognise indicators of trauma at different ages and stages. Offers practical, age-appropriate advice as to the needs of children, parents and carers when trauma has occurred.
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The Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
This issue of the Research to Practice Series discusses issues on young people with a parent in prison and implications for supporting them.
From isolation to connection: a guide to understanding and working with traumatised children and young people
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Child Safety Commission, VIC
This guide is for people working with, caring for, or in contact with children and young people whose lives have been hurt by abuse, neglect or other trauma.
American Academy of Pediatrics
This guide for paediatricians includes printed materials and a webinar to assist a fostering or adoptive family to better understand the special needs of traumatised children.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK
Best practice guidelines for the management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care.
Child Study Center, NYU School of Medicine, US
This tipsheet provides some information about talking to children about trauma, particularly interpersonal trauma.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), US
This resource provides an understanding of the different ways that children experience traumatic events, the different factors that can influence their response to them and the ways that this response may impact on the child and the family.
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
Find booklets and factsheets designed for people affected by trauma, practitioners and their families.
Office for Victims of Crime, US
This website features great videos that discuss the impact of trauma and also look at the treatments that work with traumatised children.
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Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
This resource provides information for families and professionals on symptoms that children may display following a traumatic event and how the child can be supported.
Healthy Foster Care America
This six-part series provides basic information on adverse childhood events (ACEs) and other types of trauma for those in primary care practice.
KidsMatter in collaboration with ACATLGN
A complete trauma resource for people working with children. Find information sheet and video with ACATLGN's Amanda Harris.
A multidisciplinary network of professionals that are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma.
This journal provides access to original material on disaster and psychological trauma studies.
This society provides a forum for extending the understanding of, prevention and treatment of major stress and trauma.
Furthers the understanding of fields of neurobiology and psychophysiology through education and research as they pertain to the treatment of traumatic conditions.
Primarily adult-focused information on emotional trauma and traumatic stress.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, US
This website provides free resources for families and professionals, including fact sheets, clinical resources and online video education clips.
Network for professionals in the field of psychotraumatology.
International multidisciplinary, professional membership organisation that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma.
John Briere is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Southern California. His website provides access to publications, tests and links relating to trauma in adolescent populations.
The NCTSN website contains a wealth of information relating to trauma and children.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, US
This website is currently free to join and is an online resource for professionals and families seeking to learn more about childhood traumatic stress. The website hosts online training in the area of child trauma.
Provides trauma-related research, policy advice, service development and education. Assists organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.
This website has useful articles on trauma and resilience, as well as access to publications written by clinical psychologist Colby Pearce.
An organisation that helps children and young people deal with trauma, change, loss and grief. Information for professionals, early childhood, family, young people, research support, books for sale.
The website for the Child Trauma Academy features many articles and resources.
An organisation that assists to develop, implement and maintain community and school-based support services in order to respond to trauma, violence, illness, grief and loss.
A website with resources and information on research in the area of trauma.