Born for Love is the definitive book on empathy. Renowned psychiatrist Bruce Perry has appeared on Oprah, CNN, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and other programs as an expert in this hot area of neuroscience, and has been cited as such in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The New Yorker (in a story written by Malcolm Gladwell). He and co-writer Maia Szalavitz explore empathy’s startling importance in human evolution and its significance for our children and our society. The authors of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog present a powerful case that love is essential…and endangered.
Report comparing 25 social and emotional learning curriclums
video on gender and social isolation
A documentary on the science of psychological resilience
A book by by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer with tools and resources to promote self-compassion
This video by compassion researcher Kristin Neff describes how to practice self-compassion and easy suffering we must first accept and be “OK” with the the suffering that is present.
A video on the concept of self-compassion
Tools and resources from Harvard’s Think Kids Program to help support parents and teachers of children with challenging behavior
Video on the research on the longest study of human develop on what predicts health and happiness
This article describes 4 practical strategies for trauma-informed workplace management.
From the Marshall Project. This resource provides a guide to complicated legal terms related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol in easy to understand language
Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children
Describes the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act
This resource compiled on the Columbia University Engineering program blog, provides web links to free mental health and anti-racism resources from a variety of organizations.
This podcast/article describes different types of of intimate partner violence and how to support a loved one who may be in an abusive relationship.
This article describes the possibilities and risks of the using knowledge from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and suggestions the use of a resilience model and the understanding of how the brain and body work to further the goals of a trauma-informed approach.
An interview with disability justice activist, attorney, educator, community organizer, scholar, speaker and consultant on disability justice, racial justice and mutual aid.
Throughline podcast discusses how the racial system of the United States could be understood as a caste system.
Provides historical context on the insurrection on January 6 2021.
The resources on this site have been gathered to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more.
Anti-Asian racism and violent attacks on Asian elderly have only increased in recent months. Since COVID-19 became news in the United States, hate speech and violence against the AAPI community has run rampant. In February 2021, attacks, particularly on elderly Asian Americans, have spiked. Unfortunately, many of these incidents are not being reported and are invisible to major media outlets. We hope to change this by offering the following resources with our community. Please join us in taking action whether it’s by educating yourself and others around you or donating to non-profit organizations
This list of resources was put together by the Asian American Studies program at Cornell University.
An NBC news article and list of resources to support Asian American, Pacific Islander communities.
Features 20 Asian Americans and events of note in people’s history.
NSVRC staff talk with Sevonna Brown, Assistant Executive Director for Black Women’s Blueprint about their research on the link between sexual violence and reproductive health.
A review of attitudes and myth acceptance related to human trafficking
a conversation on the way in and out of hate and hate groups through connection
This insightful bog post from David Pitonyak provides a guide for developing support plans for people with behavioral challenges. It is based off of the idea that behavioral challenges result form unmet needs
Providers free tools for educators, staff and administrators on trauma and trauma informed care
Video describing one school’s effort to change the way they respond to challenging student behavior using trauma-informed practices
Access, Autonomy, and Dignity: Comprehensive Sexuality Education for People with Disabilities provides issue briefs and resources on sexuality education for people with disabilities. It was created in partnership with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the National Partnership for Women and Families.
This is a pod-cast and article of an interview by Ezra Klein of The NY Times of Dr. Nadine eBurke Harris on the impact of trauma in general and the trauma of Covid 19 on children and adults. They discuss lesson’s from her work in California.
This guide provides information on the types and impact of trauma as well as tools and tips for de-escalation, and additional links to resources.
Video advocating for a living wage for personal care attendents and direct support professionals of people with disabilities
The resources in this toolkit present the current landscape of emergency preparedness planning and response related to disability. These resources can help people with disabilities and their caregivers, emergency managers, first responders, and community-based organizations prepare for emergencies and disasters. They can also help to facilitate further research by federal agencies and promote interagency collaboration related to disability and emergency preparedness.
Lists and descriptions of lesson plans and resources for teachers and parents to discuss the U.S. Capitol attack with students and children.
This article describes Connecticut’s state wide efforts to expand and enhance trauma-informed care for child welfare involved youth. This is not open access. Please contact us for information on accessing this article.
A podcast that discusses the history of the Violence Against Women Act.
This article discusses how policy makers can leverage research in ways to promote trauma-informed practices for survivors of human trafficking. This article is not open access. Please contact us for access.
Recording of virtual event, “Experiences of Black Disabled People During & After Disasters: A Global Conversation”, held by the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA) including universal sign language and closed captions.
A Facebook group for educations to discuss challenges and ideas for hosting difficult conversations after violent, traumatic or difficult events.
The Facing History virtual Community Conversation Series, actor and activist George Takei discusses his family’s wrongful incarceration during World War II and how we can all take action against anti-Asian racism on the rise today.
Resources for educators and parents to discuss and respond to the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
This article describes ways teachers can recognize their students strengths and help to build resilience.
Article describing how a 6 year old was handcuffed and arrested after having a tantrum at school. This articles mentions the school to prision pipeline
Dr Treisman talks about the importance of forging good relationships and effective society-wide systems when it comes to understanding and healing trauma.
A scholarly journal article about changes in client and organizational outcomes after implementing trauma-informed care. Positive changes in client and organizational outocmes were reported.
This resource includes a free downloadable book and videos that describes how trauma impacts learning and how schools can create a trauma sensitive and effective learning environment and community.
A brief, educational video from TedEd that describes what impeachment is and how it works.
This PBS News Hour special discusses the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and what can be done to stop it.
Resources from Mind/Shift at KQED to help adults talk to children about the riots at the U.S Capitol honestly, sensitively and appropriate to their development.
This article provides adults tips for how to talk about and normalize disability with children.
In this essay Dr. Carey discusses perspectives on mattering in social and educational contexts for young Black men and Black boys. It discusses ways in which educators can reimagine the opportunities to recognize and support the mattering of their students. ¬†Contact the Institute for Social Healing to access the article.
This study describes the impact of a mindfulness-based program to expand trauma-informed strategies in the classroom. This is an open access/free article.
A podcast that describes the history of of impeachment in the United States
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a training program that utilized a modified version of a TIC curriculum accessible through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) among CAC workers in Florida.
This article describes the strengths and limits of the Adverse Childhood Experiences score in the growing Trauma-Informed Care movement. This is an open access, free article.
This video is of the first of 4 parts of the 2021 Institute for Social Healing Conference that was co-hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations on May 7th 2021. Time markers have been added for you to find presentations of interest.
Opening Remarks 0:00:00–0:15:00
Keynote 1 Dr. Debra L. Berke: Taking It to the Streets: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Action 0:15:45
Presentation 1 Winden Rowe, LPC & Kimberly Preske, MSW, LSW: HEAL PA Trauma Informed Pennsylvania Initiative 0:42:15
Stephanie Odom: Developing a Standardized Approach to Trauma Informed Care in the Anti-Exploitation Field via Multi-Sector Collaboration 0:59:15
Megan Barolet-Fogarty, PhD, Meghan Conley, PhD, & Cristina Caceres, MA: Recognizing and Addressing Immigration Trauma in East Tennessee Schools: A Collaborative Approach to Community-based Participatory Research 1:10:20
Lauren Rosen, MSE/PD: The Role of School Psychologists in Addressing Trauma 1:28:33
Victoria Gonzalez, PhD: Thanks for Sharing: Class Discussion as a Form of Individual and Collective Healing 1:38:30
Deb Smith, MA Diversity and Inclusion within the School System 2:00:06
Alexandra Attinger: Using Trauma-Informed Writing Pedagogy in the Secondary English Language Arts Classroom 2:10:30
This video is part 2 of 4 of the 2021 Institute for Social Healing Conference that was co-hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations on May 7th 2021. Time markers have been added for you to find presentations of interest.
Sara Smith MS, MS, ACTRP, & Christen Coscia, BSEd, RYT: Mindfulness and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga as an Intervention for Trauma 0:00:00
Loretta Brady, PhD , Suzanne Delle, MFA, Doug DeMoulin, & Jillian Rigby: Playful Responses to Serious Needs for Mental Health Resources: Role Play Resilience Game Development to Support First Responder Wellbeing 0:27:20
Shawn Fink:: 6 Practical Well-Being Strategies to Boost Resilience: 0:58:13
Kayla Bailey, BSW, & Phillips Thomas Hornbuckle, JD: “Coordinated Community Response in Relation to Violence on College Campuses 1:09:09
This video is part 3 of 4 of the 2021 Institute for Social Healing Conference that was co-hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations on May 7th 2021. Time markers have been added for you to find presentations of interest.
Jada Williams, Melina McConatha, PhD, & Julian Murray: Interdisciplinary Food Sustainability Studies: Black Food Sovereignty Scholarship and Curriculum Development: 0:00:00
Phillips Thomas Hornbuckle, JD: Feeding on a Small (College) Scale: Building and Sustaining Campus Food Pantries: 00:13:42
Dr. Linton Williams: The Cycle of Poverty and Trauma: Understanding its Effects on the Self-Esteem and Social Development of Minorities: 00:22:22
Amber Wagman, LCSW, & Jane Riese, LSW: Supporting Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: 00:40:00
Colleen Igo & Jamie Russell, MSW, MS: “The 3 R’s of Trauma Informed Care: Realize, Recognize & Respond: 00:50:00
Brittany Shutz, MS: York Opioid Collaborative: The importance of a coordinated, multi-sector approach to reducing overdoses and substance use: 01:09:50
Samantha Smith, MPH: “Building Health for All Youth: Upstream Substance Use Prevention Approaches: 01:18:00 Keynote Presentation 2
Dr. Monea Abdul-Majeed: Authentic Antiracism: Understanding our Bias, Deepening our Empathy: 01:37:55
This video is part 4 of 4 parts of the 2021 Institute for Social Healing Conference that was co-hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations on May 7th 2021. Time markers have been added for you to find presentations of interest. Presentation 11
Deborah Drain, Imani Lawson, and Christina Joe: Resiliency in the Face of Adversity: Covid-19 and Early Head Start Families. * The first 8 minutes of this video have been cut off due to technical difficulties. 00:00:00
Chris Fitz , Cody Miller, MSED, Krista Rittenhouse, & Colette Shaw: Restorative Justice in the Juvenile Justice and Higher Education: 00:14:50
Laura Evans, PhD, Evan Bradley, PhD, Eliana Peretz, & Hailey Grossi: Getting pronouns right: Gender, ethical reasoning, and preventing harm: 00:48:00
Alayna Munoz: The Impact of Covid-19 on Services Supporting People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: 00:59:22
Rogers, Bobich, and Heppell’s (2016) case study illustrating the successful application of an “Incredible Years” intervention with a 4-year-old girl and her family in the context of a homeless shelter provides an opportunity to consider the intersecting perspectives of infant and early childhood mental health and trauma-informed care. Cathy’s exposure to intimate partner violence, her mother’s chronic depression, and her homelessness occurred during the critical developmental stages of prenatal development and the first four years of life, impacting her developing understanding of relationships and her emotion regulation. A trauma-informed perspective provides an understanding of the links between Cathy’s history of trauma and her presenting symptoms of tantrums, aggression, and “moodiness,” leading to recommended parenting strategies that support co-regulation and eventually self-regulation of emotions. Although the Incredible Years intervention was successful in reducing Cathy’s symptoms, the addition of trauma-focused interventions may have the added benefit of helping Cathy to directly play and talk about her experience, together with her mother, so that both can understand and integrate their traumatic experiences and her mother can restore her role as a “protective shield” for her family. Finally, the opening provided by implementation of a successful parenting intervention could lead to a broader consultation aimed at creating a trauma-informed organization within the transitional living shelter.
This brief draws on interviews with national experts on trauma-informed care to create a framework for organizational and clinical changes that can be practically implemented across the health care sector to address trauma. It also highlights payment, policy, and educational opportunities to acknowledge trauma’s impact. The brief is a product of Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, a multi-site demonstration project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies.
This podcast describes the work of James Baldwin as it relates to race, inequity, gender, sexual orientation and violence.
Describes ideas for holding conversations after national/global crisis.
A pod cast conversation on racial identity, and discussing “whiteness”
News article discussing how public libraries are adopting trauma informed practices
Lydia X.Z. Brown’s plenary session at the 2021 National Sexual Assault Conference on the intersection of disability justice and violence prevention.
tools to help people with disabilities use supportive decision making as opposed to gaurdianship
By Mark Kelly, Linda Hoopes, and Daryl Conner. Outlines 21 keys to being resilient in turbulent organizations.
Article describing how some recipients need to repay the cost of the health care paid for under Medicaid
A scholarly review of the education of health care professionals on human trafficking
Much to Do About Trauma: A Systematic Review of Existing Trauma-Informed Treatments on Youth Violence and Recidivism.
This article reviews research on the use of trauma-informed approaches in juvenile justice settings and provides recommendations for future action.
It is free virtual Person-Centered Planning Training for people with disabilities and family members. This explains what person centered planning is and how it relates to disability justice. It also provides information on a free training. The training is most relevant to people in the state of Maryland.
Therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.
CA will launch universal screenings of adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma across state
organization provide research, news and tools in collecting, understanding and distrubuting aboriginal and indigenous people’s history
Provides an easy to understand description of the nature of the 25th Amendment.
Tips for teachers in addressing suicide prevention week in their classrooms
This action plan shares core strategies to help the state of New Jersey reduce, and ultimately, prevent ACEs, and reach its goal of becoming a more trauma-informed and healing-centered state.
An NPR Series exploring the achievement and opportunity gap between low and high income students and students of different races and what is being done to reduce the gap
A podcast series by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center on insights for responding to and prevention sexual violence.
This work offers a conceptual synthesis of several contemporary educational service delivery models that implicitly embed compassionate educational practices into supporting the learning and growth of diverse student populations. This manuscript discusses how such paradigms, such as culturally responsive positive behavior intervention and supports (PBIS) and trauma-informed school models, can inform, complement, and support inclusion- and equity-based practices for diverse learner populations.
Contact the institute for social healing if you cannot access this resource.
A documnetary on implementing trauma informed care in a high school
Provides ideas for adults to discuss difficult current events with children honestly and sensitively.
PBS provides lessons plans and resources to teach about the attack at the U.S. Capitol.
Polaris is a data driven social justice movement to address human trafficking. This resource provides statistics, definition and research on human trafficking world wide.
This article describes how trauma presents in hospice settings and provides ideas and examples for implementing trauma-informed practices in end-of-life care settings.
custumizable resources to discuss racial equity in America by the Kellog Foundation
Describes the history of mass incarceration in the United States
video of child in child welfare system and role trauma has on how she is behaving
This resource provides a reading list compiled by Asian and Pacific Islander librarians for APA heritage month.
A non-comprehensive list of existing resources to address and counter anti- Asian racism in the time of coronavirus, compiled as of April 23, 2020.
This article summary describes the result of an evaluation of girls in a juvenile detention center. Most had been the victim of abuse and exploitation. The article describes the risk girls face in juvenile detention and suggest alternative in the form of wrap around services.
A brief describing San Fransisco’s process of creating a trauma informed workfroce
A block from Dr. J Stuart Ablon on the limitations of traditional school discipline and promising new practices.
Searching for Angela is a beautiful and informative documentary from the perspective of Angela Shelton on the topics of trauma, abuse and healing.
Describes the risk educators face in working with students who have experienced trauma and how to reduce those risks
This guide by Cutter Law P.C provides information on issues related to sexual assault within the ride share industry and practical legal information.
A 2 page SAMHSA brief on trauma informed communities
In this book, Emma Van Der Klift provides useful frameworks and tools for crisis de-escalation based off interviews with hostage negotiators. This book applies these concepts to educational settings.
From the National Association of School Psychologists: Tips for parent and teachers to talk to children about violence in a trauma-sensitive way.
Article describes one teacher’s approach to teaching young childrne about race, power and priviledge
Teaching Hard History is a podcast series that addresses topics of racial justice and other civil rights movements. What we don’t know about American history hurts us all. Teaching Hard History begins with the long and brutal legacy of chattel slavery and reaches through the victories of and violent responses to the civil rights movement to the present day. From Teaching Tolerance and host Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars and educators.
Links to resources collected by The NY Times to support teaching and learning about the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Talk About Sexual Violence provides practical tools to address
the silent epidemic of sexual violence and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a supported decision-making lens
that supports victim-centered approaches.
Bessel van der Kolk discusses how trauma effects the body, and how the body keeps the score.
This book tells the story of Laurie Barkin’s account of working on as a psychiatric nurse on the surgical/trauma unit at San Fransisco General Hospital and describes stories of the impact of working closely with those who have experienced trauma. This book won the Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing and a Nautilus award.
A conversation on the emtotion of our stories and histories
This paper describes Sawn Ginwright’s work on Healing Centered Engagement as the as an evolution from trauma informed care.
A conversation on engaging in social change efforts
This podcast discusses how the history of the social construction of race.
A short pod-cast exploring inter-generational trauma and the new science of the biology behind it.
This podcast discusses the history of the modern white power movement in the United States
Resources to support trauma infomred systems as they relate to education and child welfare
This podcast explores the rise in anti-Asian attacks during the pandemic.
“The Coats That We Can Take Off and the Ones We Can’t”: The Role of Trauma-informed Care on Race and Bias During Agitation in the Emergency Department. This article discusses the potential use of TIC principles on recognizing and addressing racial bias and racial trauma during de-escalation of agitation in the emergency room.
A resource for people leading organizations serving adults who have experienced trauma
This article describes the history of the Disability Rights Movement and the connection between racial justice and disability justice.
A guide to help those in health care, social services and public health settings screen for trafficking victimization or risk for potential human-trafficking victimization.
A tool kit designed for busy providers who work with adolescents. It includes assessment tools, evidence-based practices and promising practices that may be effective for working with youth who have experienced trauma.
Animated video on trauma’s impact on the brain
This research article describes the nature of trauma exposure of older adolescents in foster care and describes why that matters for people who work with them.
Brief article describing trauma in the lives of the direct care workforce and what to do about it.
A description of the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Oregon’s statewide trauma-informed care collaborative effort.
Toolkit for college and university staff to promote trauma informed practices
This is a toolkit designed specifically for news editors and managers working with freelance journalists, containing practical information, tips and guidance to help editors assess trauma exposure among freelance contributors and then plan the necessary action and support.
This study explores professional’s perspective on trauma-informed care with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Please contact us for information on access to this article.
This paper describes how trauma informed care can improve medical care for all.
Paul Abernathy describes how trauma informed care can be and has been used in community development. They describe examples from Pittsburgh.
This chapter within the Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems (4th ed) by Sheryl P. Kubaik, Stephani S. Covnington, and Carmen, Hiller describes the nature of trauma and trauma exposure within the youth correctional settings (detention centers) , the benefits of and strategies for trauma-informed approaches.
Most homeless shelters today are poorly designed – their lack of privacy and clinical aesthetic more likely to induce distress than help with it. In this talk, homeless advocate Brandi Tuck makes the case for trauma-informed designs that can transform these spaces and help boost the well-being of their inhabitants.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization organized a list of resources on trauma-informed end-of-life services.
The first in a two-part series for funders to help promote a trauma-informed community in PA. Part 1 provides a description of trauma-informed practices, philanthropy’s role in building a trauma-informed region, and introduction of trauma-informed efforts in the region.
The second in a two part series on trauma-informed philanthropy (giving). This section discusses the foundation of trauma-informed grant-making, fostering cross-sector networks, and building efforts through program evaluation.
This research article describes how the principles of trauma-informed care: safety, trustworthiness and transparency, collaboration, empowerment, choice and intersectionality, can be applied to public policy. Contact the Institute for Social Healing if you cannot access the full text.
By Margaret E. Blaustein and Kristine M. Kinniburgh. Provides a flexible framework for working with kids and their caregivers.
This webpage provides a list of resources compiled by a University Professor of Asian American Studies that help people better understand and address Coronavirus racism and violence.
Tools for K-12 schools in trauma infored practices
Provides short descriptions of research projects on topics related to human trafficking.
In this paper, the authors examine how researchers applied trauma-informed principles to policy development, discuss the challenges and benefits of using a trauma-informed approach, and provide recommendations for others seeking to create trauma-informed food policy.
This news article describes the new amendment in Violence Against Women Act.
This article describes a bill called the HCBS Access Act that would eliminate the waiting list for Home and Community Based Services funded by Medicaid.
From the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Provides a description of polls of those in the U.S. on opinions related to attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Background: Many young people who receive psychiatric care in inpatient or residential settings in North America have experienced various forms of emotional trauma. Moreover, these settings can exacerbate trauma. Common practices, such as seclusion and restraint, put young people at risk of retraumatization, development of comorbid psychopathology, injury, and even death. In response, psychiatric and residential facilities have embraced trauma-informed care (TIC), an organizational change strategy which aligns service delivery with treatment principles and discrete interventions designed to reduce rates of retraumatization through responsive and non-coercive staff-client interactions. After more than two decades, a number of TIC frameworks and approaches have shown favorable results. Largely unexamined, however, are the features that lead to successful implementation of TIC, especially in child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric and residential settings.
A book by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry on how our early experience shape our lives. This book describes scientific data and personal experiences related to trauma and healing.
This podcasts explores the context of recent anti-transgender state legislation.
From Teaching Tolerance: Provides support for adults in supporting children after violent national or global events.
Discusses the link between mental health and academic performance and how it relates to education during and after the pandemic.
A collection of essays edited by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown on Black shame, healing, the processes of trauma of white supremacy and an affirmation of the the fullness of Black love and Black life.
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