Trauma and Trauma-Sensitive Schools

This page features a number of external and FFF resources on childhood trauma, responding to trauma and trauma-sensitive schools. Click the "For educators" box below to limit search results to those resources that may be particularly helpful to school personnel. In addition to services and supports at schools, Virginia regional Community Services Boards offer behavioral health services for children and families. Emergency services and crisis response are among the supports offered by CSBs. Local CSBs can be found at http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/community-services-boards-csbs.

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

Factsheets for Families from The Children’s Bureau, HHS: Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

  • Factsheet, Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect


Books: Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt

Trauma-informed practices in schools by Susan E. Craig: Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt

  • Book, Books: Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt


Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parent

Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Guide, Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parent

    Parenting After Trauma- Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents


Helping Traumatized Children Learn

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school.  To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies including: providing support to schools to become trauma sensitive environments;  research and report writing;  legislative and administrative advocacy for laws, regulations and policies that support schools to develop trauma-sensitive environments; coalition building; outreach and education; and limited individual case representation in special education where a child’s traumatic experiences are interfacing with his or her disabilities.

The Helping Traumatized Children Learn website from Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

  • Website, Helping Traumatized Children Learn


Trauma-Informed Care

BS International’s Disability Services Center and Georgetown University’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health have created an educational tool to help build state-by-state and provider capacity to serve children and youth who have experienced trauma.

Trauma-Informed Care resources and videos from the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University.

  • Website, Trauma-Informed Care


Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Factsheets for Families from The Children’s Bureau, HHS: Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

  • Factsheet, Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents


Recognizing Trauma fact sheet
January 01, 2015

From the Fairfax Trauma-Informed Care Network

  • Website, Recognizing Trauma fact sheet

  • Factsheet, Recognizing Trauma fact sheet


A Guide to Educating Children, Youth and Families about Trauma and Resilience

From the Fairfax Trauma-Informed Care Network: A Guide to Educating Children, Youth and Families about Trauma and Resilience

  • Guide, A Guide to Educating Children, Youth and Families about Trauma and Resilience


Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration

Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Meeker and hosted by the National Center for Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

  • Webinar, Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration


Understanding the Impact of Trauma: What to Do at Home and School

Understanding the Impact of Trauma: What to Do at Home and School by FFF Executive Director Kelly Henderson, hosted by PEATC

  • Webinar, Understanding the Impact of Trauma: What to Do at Home and School