Resources on Developmental Trauma

Traumatic events happen to individuals of all ages of all socio-economic strata across the lifespan. Although most children navigate the terrain of childhood with few major upsets an unfortunate number face the opposite fate, suffering repeated interpersonal traumas and developing in the context of ongoing danger, maltreatment, and inadequate caregiving systems. Exposure to chronic traumatic stress may set the stage for developmental trajectories characterized by multiple forms of emotional, behavioral difficulty, and attachment-related difficulties.

The Asante Centre strives to connect individuals, families and professionals to resources, including print literature, videos and community services relevant to Developmental Trauma.  Resources are broken down into a variety of categories for easier navigation.  Many are available online, while others are available for free order or for purchase (as indicated). 

If you know of other resources relevant to Developmental Trauma that you find of particular value, please contact the Asante Centre


Familial Resources

Anxiety BC

As a parent or caregiver you are in a unique position to be able to help your child or teen learn techniques to manage and cope with his/her anxiety. This home toolkit is designed for you to take the lead in helping your child create a toolkit of anxiety management tools


Childhood Trauma Academy

The Childhood Trauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. They offer a variety of  resources and educational videos.


Helping Traumatized Children - A Breif Overview for Caregivers

Perry, B.D.  Helping traumatized children: A brief overview for caregivers  CTA Parent and Caregiver Education Series Volume 1:  Issue 5, ChildTrauma Academy Press, 1999
Also available in Spanish.


Parenting in a Challenging World

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2005)

  • What does a family do to heal after a child has experienced a traumatic event?

  • Will my child recover?

  • How have other people coped?

Parents and caregivers face questions and cares like these after a child has experienced a traumatic event. This resource explores those concerns with the help of scenes from the documentary film, "Surviving September 11th: The story of One New York Family." (Printable PDF Version).


Individual Resources

1 In 6: Support for Men and Those who Care About Them

An online resource developed to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live happier and healthier lives. Men, their families, friends and professionals can find support and resources at 1 in 6. 


Health Resources


Centre for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (2015)

This resource guide is designed to help psychosocial professionals who are working with children and families impacted by illness or injury. Make Trauma-Informed Care practices a reality by sharing information and training with your colleagues and staff.


New AAP Guide for Pediatricians on Addressing Trauma: Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care

American Academy of Pediatrics (2016)

The Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care is a 6-part series that was designed with the primary care practice in mind – those who may or may not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events.


Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Jockey Being Family, and the AAP (2013)

A series of resources for pediatricians on how to support adoptive and foster families. A webinar Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma is also available.


For Parents, Teens, and Children

Downloadable patient educational handouts and workbooks were created to help children, teens, parents and siblings cope with injury and/or illness are also available and are appropriate for use in hospital, rehab, and primary care settings. All patient education handouts are also available in Spanish.


Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime (Video)

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

Scholastic Resources

Trauma Informed in the Classroom: Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

This tool-kit is reference guide for educators to help educators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children. The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators was developed to provide school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system. Additional multimedia resources on this toolkit are available in the NCTSN Learning Centre for Child and Adolescent Trauma. Download the order form for the Spanish version, Nuestros Hijos y el Trauma: Lo Que Necesitamos Saber, here.


Multiplying Connections: Positive Development for all Children- CAPPD: Practical Interventions to Help Children Affected by Trauma

Health Federation of Philadelphia (2010) A Practical Guide to Interventions for Children Affected by Trauma (rev 2-12)_0.pdf

This practical guide for interventions offers training to children's service professionals on the impact of trauma on development, how to recognize children's reactions to trauma and how to promote healing through trauma informed care.


Interventions for Children Experiencing Complex Trauma: Classroom Support for Children with Complex Trauma and Attachment Disruption

Linda O'Neill, Andrew Ktichenham, and Tina Fraser, UNBC

Interventions and stratagies designed by research and experienced practitioners. (Printable PDF Version)


Calmer Classrooms: A Guide to Working with Traumatized Children

Child Safety Commissioner (2007)

This booklet was developed to assist educators in working with children and young people whose lives have been affected by trauma.


Legal Resources

Juvenile  Justice System

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Children who come to the attention of the juvenile justice system are a challenging and underserved population. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help juvenile justice professionals understand and provide trauma-focused services to these youth.


A Behavioural Health Toolkit for Providers Working with Children of the Incarcerated and Their Families

Washington State Department of Health Services (2009)

An online toolkit, which includes tools for professionals, information for youth and caregivers, and research on interventions. 


Professional Resources

'The Last Frontier' Practice guidelines for the treatment of complex Trauma & Trauma Informed Care & Service Delivery

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)/ Australia (2012) Guidelines for the Treatment of Complex Trauma.pdf

This resource provides practice guilelines for the treatment of complex trauma (clinical) and guidelines for trauma-informed care and service provision (organizational).


Trauma and Resiliency Adolescent Toolkit

Adolescent Health Working Group

The toolkit includes more than 50 handouts on: Spectrums of trauma and resilience, trauma inequities, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), adolescent brain development, developmental trauma disorder, trauma triggers, posttraumatic growth, resilience, developmental assets, developmental competencies, provider self-care, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, trauma-informed consequences, culturally sensitive approaches to care, restorative practices, social action, and a comprehensive list of trauma-informed evidence based best practices and promising approaches.


Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System

American Humane Association and JBS International (2010)

A Social Workers Tool Kit for Working with Immigrant Families, a multicomponent resource guide.


Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network has put together a collection of Resources for working with unaccompanied and immigrant minors


Compassion Fatigue

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization

By: Francois Mathieu

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization leads the reader through experiential activities designed to target specific areas in their personal and professional lives. It provides concrete strategies to help the reader develop a personalized plan for identifying and transforming compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization available. It is available for purchase on


Secondary Traumatic Stress 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network 

A resource for therapists, child welfare workers, case managers, and other helping professionals involved in the care of traumatized children and their families


The Secondary Traumatic Strss Informed Organization Assessment Tool (STSI-OA)

University of Kentucky

A resource developed by members of the NCTSN and available through the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma in Children. The STSI-OA is an assessment tool that can be used by organizational representatives at any level to evaluate the degree to which their organization is STS-informed, and able to respond to the impact of secondary traumatic stress in the workplace.  The STSI-OA identifies specific areas of strength, and opportunities to implement STS informed policies and practices.  The results of this tool can be used as a roadmap for future training and implementation activities in the area of STS and trauma-informed care. For more information click here for training and consulting options.