New Complex Trauma Resource!

What is Complex Trauma:
A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them

This Guide was developed for youth who have experienced—or know someone who has experienced—Complex Trauma. Older youth, adolescents, and young adults can explore the information in this Guide on their own to help them better understand Complex Trauma and the effects. Clinicians, caregivers, and other adults can also use the Guide to have conversations with youth about Complex Trauma and about the coping methods that help, those that can cause problems, and strategies to make things better.



New Resource for Child Welfare Attorneys!

Trauma: What Child Welfare Attorneys Should Know

The negative impact of trauma exposure is particularly relevant for children and families in the child welfare system, as the majority of child welfare-involved clients have experienced multiple traumas, including abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. By understanding the effects of trauma on youth and families and incorporating trauma-informed skills into legal advocacy, attorneys representing children or parents in child welfare cases can improve outcomes for their clients. This 25-page guide, developed by the NCTSN and the ABA Center on Children and the Law, provides child welfare attorneys with knowledge about trauma, practice tips for incorporating trauma-informed practices into legal representation, and resources to assist in the representation of clients with histories of trauma. Attorneys can use this guide to aide in the representation of their clients, with the understanding that not all suggestions will be applicable or appropriate in all cases.

New Product for Mental Health Providers!

Family Resilience and Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Mental Health Providers

Developed for mental health providers working with families who have experienced trauma, this 5-page fact sheet describes family resilience, defines the types of traumatic stress that can effect family functioning, shows how family resilience is related to individual resilience, delineates characteristics that contribute to family resilience, and recommends ways providers can support family resilience.


Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) Course!

The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) is a tool developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to promote a trauma-informed mental health workforce. The CCCT is specifically designed to strengthen clinical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills while encouraging the integration of cultural, developmental, strength-based, and systems perspectives in work with trauma-exposed youth and families. This course provides a detailed overview of the underpinnings and current efforts in the CCCT and access to the 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families, including the Overview of the 12 Core Concepts Online Module. The 12 Core Concepts are an important foundation for all individuals who work with children and families exposed to trauma events. These concepts help learners to create a trauma lens through which they can view and better comprehend the effects of traumatic experiences and losses. This interactive module will walk learners through each concept, it’s definition, and practical examples and tips that illustrate the concept.


New Website: Parent Talk

The FAMpod website is a resource developed for individuals experiencing depression, as well as those living with or working with individuals with depression. On the FAMpod website, you will find two free programs: Parent Talk, developed for parents facing depression within the family, and Family Talk, a training course designed for clinicians helping these families. Parent Talk is an interactive, web-based program created by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, Judge Baker Children’s Center, and the Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College. The program is designed to enhance the lives of youth who may be experiencing depression and help parents understand adolescent depression and recognize depressive symptoms in their children. Visit Parent Talk to better understand risk and resilience in teens, learn about treatment and prevention programs, identify effective steps that they can take as parents to strengthen family bonds, and discover available resources. The website consists of four separate modules: Introduction to Parent Talk, Adolescent Depression, Preventing Depression in Adolescents, and Parental/Adult Depression.


New Book: Evidence-Based Treatments for Trauma Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Editors Markus Landolt, Marylene Cloitre, and Ulrich Schnyder present the current evidence-based psychological treatments for trauma-related disorders in childhood and adolescence in this handbook. They provide clearly structured, up-to-date information on the basic principles of traumatic stress research and practice for that age group, covering epidemiology, developmental issues, pathogenetic models, diagnostics, and assessment. Each of the chapters on treatment, which form the core of the book, begins with a summary of the theoretical underpinnings of the approach, followed by a case presentation illustrating the treatment protocol session by session, an analysis of special challenges typically encountered in implementing this treatment, and an overview of the current evidence base for the treatment approach. A special section considers modern treatments in particular settings, such as schools, hospitals, and juvenile justice systems, and the concluding chapters provide an integrative discussion on how to treat traumatized children and adolescents. The book will be invaluable for clinical child and adolescent psychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals working with traumatized children and adolescents.

New Children’s Book: Once I Was Very Scared

A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals have been through scary experiences and react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings.

This story, written by Chandra Ghosh Ippen and illustrated by Erich Ippen, Jr., helps children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them. For more information, please visit the website. Also, on the same website, is a free video and PDF of the Stories of the O's, a story designed to illustrate the importance of reflective supervision:




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.