Resource Library

Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey

This bulletin provides an overview of children’s exposure to violence is pervasive and crosses all ages. The research findings reported here are critical to informing our efforts to protect children from its damaging effects.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Urban Poverty on Family Systems: Risks, Resilience and Interventions

This white paper reviews the clinical and research literatures on the impact of trauma in the context of urban poverty on the family system including the individual child or adult, adult intimate partnership, parent-child, siblings and intergenerational relationships, as well as the family as a whole.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: National and State Level Prevalence

In this brief, we describe the prevalence of one or more ACEs among children ages birth through 17, as reported by their parents, using nationally representative data from the 2011/12 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH).

Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services

The Toolkit offers homeless service providers with concrete guidelines for how to modify their practices and policies to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs of families who have experienced traumatic stress.

Defining Toxic Stress from A Community Perspective

Building on the widely used definition of toxic stress from the Harvard Center for the Developing Child, the Learning Lab has worked to define what toxic stress is, why it is of concern and how communities can respond.

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

This fact-sheet discusses the nature of trauma, especially abuse or neglect, the effects of trauma on children and youth, and ways to help a child who has experienced trauma.

Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation

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.

A Treatment Improvement Protocol: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

The Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series fulfills SAMHSA’s mission to improve prevention and treatment of substance use and mental disorders by providing best practices guidance to clinicians, program administrators, and payers

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

The purpose of this paper is to develop a working concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach and to develop a shared understanding of these concepts that would be acceptable and appropriate across an array of service systems and stakeholder groups.

Trauma-Informed Care for Displaced Populations

This Guide can be used by community-based organizations that work with families, children, youth, unaccompanied minors, and individuals in various settings (e.g., outpatient settings, mental health, transitional housing programs, shelters, and schools).

Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness Services Settings

This paper explores the evidence base for TIC within homelessness service settings, including a review of quantitative and qualitative studies and other supporting literature.

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook

This guide was created to help make trauma-informed peer support available to women who are trauma survivors and who receive or have received mental health and/or substance abuse services.

Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Leaders within these organizations who are looking to improve their effectiveness in engaging the female veterans they serve can use this guide to begin the process of becoming trauma informed.

Being Black is Not a Risk Factor

This book can be used to jump start a serious discussion about the strengths of African American children and families, and the ways in which they can best be supported as they reach for the American dream.

Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children

The National Center on Family Homelessness has compiled this booklet as a resource for caregivers working with children who have experienced traumatic stress.


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