Seven Resources for Trauma-Informed Care


If you’re an adult living in the United States, chances are high that you’ve experienced trauma.

According to national surveys, 50-90 percent of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. Natural disasters, accidents, serious illnesses, crimes, violence and abuse, and other experiences can all be traumatic. These traumatic experiences can have significant and widespread impacts on people’s lives.

As a result, mental health and social service providers at Wilder and elsewhere now focus on providing trauma-informed care.

With this increased focus in mind, Wilder’s research librarians have compiled links to seven resources for more information about trauma-informed care.

1. Trauma and Resilience: How Can We Promote Resilience and Recovery for People Who Have Experienced Traumatic Events?

Cheryl Holm Hansen, Wilder Research, October 2014

An overview of how trauma affects people, what promotes resilience and how people recover from trauma. This snapshot also covers ways to support people who have experienced trauma. Read it now.

2. Increasing the accessibility of trauma-focused services: Strategies for working with youth difficult to engage in services

Melanie Ferris, Wilder Research, March 2011

This report identifies strategies that could help engage youth and families in trauma-informed services. Read it now.

3. Trauma-Informed Practice, Child Welfare Information Gateway

This website provides information on building trauma-informed systems, assessing and treating trauma, addressing secondary trauma in caseworkers, and trauma training. It also offers trauma resources for caseworkers, caregivers, and families. Visit the website.

4. Trauma-informed: The trauma toolkit

Klinic Community Health Centre, 2013

This toolkit is a resource for service organizations and providers to deliver trauma-informed services to adults. It defines trauma, describes trauma-informed care, and provides information about different types of trauma and responses. Visit the website.

5. Trauma-informed care in behavioral health services: A treatment improvement protocol

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014

This implementation guide provides strategies and resources for integrating trauma-informed care into behavioral health services. Read it now.

6. National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC)

A technical assistance center dedicated to promoting alternatives to seclusion and restraint, and building the knowledge base on the implementation of trauma-informed approaches in programs, services, and systems. The website includes a section on trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions. Read it now.

7. Models for developing trauma-informed behavioral health systems and trauma-specific services

Ann Jennings, Center for Mental Health Services, National Center for Trauma Informed Care, 2008

This 123 page report describes trauma-informed and trauma specific service models which are designed and used specifically to address trauma in the lives of children, their parents or caregivers, and adults. Read it now.