For Mental Health/Medical/Child Welfare Professionals

Remembering Trauma: Connecting the Dots between Complex Trauma and Misdiagnosis in Youth This short film (16 minutes) highlights the story of a traumatized youth from early childhood to older adolescence illustrating his trauma reactions and interactions with various service providers (including probation officer, school counselor, and therapist).

Family resilience is the family’s ability to maintain or resume effective functioning—including care of its members—following potentially traumatic events.

Jack Henderson’s third grade teacher has been noticing that he has difficulty concentrating in the classroom. When she mentions this to Jack’s mother, she reports that he also struggles with following instructions for completing chores at home. During a parent/teacher conference, the teacher says that she believes Jack is displaying signs of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.

It is a priority to strengthen the professional systems to support LGBTQ youth after sexual assault and other traumas that these youth commonly experience. This 13-minute video features five LGBTQ youth who discuss details of their own trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they gained resilience, and how professionals helped them in this regard.


This project was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS. Trauma services providers assist families exposed to trauma by giving support, fostering healthy relationships, aiding with problem solving, and helping with processing trauma.

We developed this tip sheet to encourage providers to share power in the context of trauma-responsive practice. If you are a family member, you may want to share this resource and your thoughts about it with current or future service providers. Thank you for reading! — Partnering with Youth and Families Committee, National Child Traumatic Stress Netw

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