Speaking with a child or teen about a traumatic event can be overwhelming. We have curated a list of the best resources available to guide you on this journey. While some symptoms may fade over time, there’s plenty you can do in the meantime to support and reassure your child. If you feel that you need more help, please don't hesitate to reach out to one of these local Trauma Therapists.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The NCTSN, a leader in the field of trauma, provides hundreds of resources broken down by trauma type, audience and language.
How To Talk To Youth About Trauma
Learn from experts at Northwestern University's Center for Child Trauma. Here you will learn how you can support your child by conveying and reinforcing important messages to them about their safety and well-being.
Helping Your Family Cope With Traumatic Events
This guide will provide 5 simple coping tips so you can help your child manage symptoms of traumatic stress, rebuild their sense of safety, and move on from the traumatic event.
How To Help Children of All Ages Cope With Trauma
This guide, provided by the Child Mind Institute, was assembled by psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts who specialize in crisis situations. It offers simple tips on what to expect, what to do and what to look out for and is broken down by age groups.
Parenting A Child Who Has Experienced Trauma
This factsheet, provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, discusses the nature of trauma, its effects on children and youth, and ways to help. By increasing your understanding of trauma, you can help support your child’s healing and your family as a whole.