Additional Resources

Interested in learning more about trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)? Here are links to helpful resources and organizations working in the field of trauma-informed care.

Community/Advocacy

Research

General

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources, developed by the CDC, offers a collection of resources and research articles on ACEs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • An Unhealthy Dose of Stress: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic Stress on Childhood Health and Development, this white paper explores the science behind the lifelong health effects caused by toxic stress and trauma experienced in childhood. Center for Youth Wellness
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma provides a scientific background for understanding how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. This book translates findings from neuroscience and attachment research to explore a range of potential treatments for traumatic stress. van der Kolk, 2015
  • SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care provides resources on developing a trauma-informed approach, including: (1) interventions; (2) national referral resources; and (3) information on how to shift from a paradigm that asks, “what’s wrong with you?” to one that asks, “what has happened to you?” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Center on the Developing Child conducts research on the impact of ACEs and toxic stress on childhood development, and produces materials for communicating core scientific concepts related to trauma. Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Change in Mind Institute, an initiative of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, disseminates knowledge and provides training on brain science research. Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
  • Child Trauma Academy works to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal high-risk children. Child Trauma Academy
  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, authored by Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, explores childhood adversity from the perspective of a pediatrician and offers both scientific insight and a compelling personal narrative. Burke Harris, 2018
  • How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime, a compelling TEDMED talk by Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, can be used in trainings about ACEs and toxic stress awareness. TEDMED
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners committed to positively impacting children’s lives. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • National Pediatric Practice Community on Adverse Childhood Experiences is a national peer group of providers interested in applying ACEs and toxic stress science to medical practice. Center for Youth Wellness
  • SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, a manual published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, introduces the concept of trauma, and offers a framework for becoming a trauma-informed organization, system, or service sector. See also Trauma Resilience Resources. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Stress Health, an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness, offers practical tips for parents and caregivers on how to protect children against the long-term health effects of toxic stress. Center for Youth Wellness
  • TIP 57: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services is a for behavioral health professionals, outlines patient assessment and treatment planning strategies. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care was developed to educate primary care providers and guide them in discussing exposure to ACEs with families. American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Trauma Transformed, a program of East Bay Agency for Children, promotes a trauma-informed system by providing trainings and policy guidance to systems of care professionals and organizations. See also Organizational Assessment Grid, a list of tools to measure your organization’s alignment with trauma-informed care practices. East Bay Agency for Children

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