The following resources may be useful to healthcare providers helping children and families cope with illness and injury:
Reading and reference list of relevant research (pdf)
The Pediatric Medical Traumatic Toolkit, developed by the Medical Traumatic Stress Workgroup of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, educates healthcare providers about traumatic stress children and families may experience post medical event and provides practical skills to implement trauma informed care in a variety of hospital and medical settings. Reference: Stuber, M., Schneider, S., Kassam-Adams, N, Kazak, A, & Saxe, G. (2006). The Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit. CNS Spectrums, 11 (2): 137-142.
Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Resources including informational handouts for injured children and their parents, information for primary care providers
This site provides a summary of the research on children’s and parents’ experiences in the pediatric ICU (including traumatic stress)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
A network of academic and community-based centers providing education and services for children and families who have experienced a traumatic event.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
A professional membership organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma.
National Center for PTSD
Developed originally to serve the needs of war veterans, this organization also has resources for a broad range of traumatic events for children and adolescents.
National Institutes of Mental Health
Information explaining what PTSD is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Information on an anonymous 24-hr a day hotline that provides support and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Resources on a range of child maltreatment topics
Disaster resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information for parents, children, and professionals on coping with a disaster.
Disaster resources from the American Psychological Association
Tips for recovering from a natural disaster.
Disaster resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Tools for dealing with specific types of natural disasters for families, schools, and healthcare providers.
Violence and disaster resources from the National Institute of Mental Health
Information on the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents, with suggestions for minimizing long-term emotional harm.
Traumatic grief resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Educational materials for parents and professionals on childhood traumatic grief
Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide, Second Edition.
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): The management of PTSD in adults and children in primary and secondary care
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guideline(UK) 2005.
Online training for mental health care providers in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children