Child Traumatic Stress

Trauma and Children

Trauma may occur when there is a real or perceived threat to one’s emotional and physical safety. This could be from a direct verbal or physical assault or from witnessing a traumatic event. Responses to trauma vary by individual and may negatively impact a child’s development and have long lasting effects without appropriate intervention. The good news is that individuals, agencies and communities can learn and take action to minimize the impact of trauma.

“Once I Was Very Very Scared”…is a free PDF book by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph,D who wrote this story ‘to help children, parents, teachers and other important adults understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them”. 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers information, resources and free training to fulfill their mission ‘to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States”. Click below for more information on defining child traumatic stress, treatments and practices, trauma-informed care and training resources.