Educators: Utah Resources

The Children's Center

The Children's Center provides comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: An Instructor Led Online Course for Secondary Students

This is an Instructor led online course from Prevent Child Abuse Utah that teaches secondary students how to protect children from sexual abuse, how to recognize signs that abuse is occurring and prevent it, how to receive abuse disclosures, and who disclosures or concerns should be reported to. It only takes 30 minutes to protect the children in your life. A course completion certificate will not be issued for this version of the course. 

Educators: National Resources

1, 2, 3 Care: A Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers of Children

Created by the Spokane Regional Health District, the 1-2-3 Care Toolkit is intended to support caregivers on their journey towards trauma sensitivity. It is organized by topic, each offering a brief overview, specific tools that can be used with children, and where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

Published by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools includes chapters on getting the facts, crisis response, tools for crisis response, helping students cope, working with the community, memorialization, social media, suicide contagion, bringing in outside help, and going forward.

Building Community Building Hope: 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide

Published in 2017 by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau, and FRIENDS National Resource Center For Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, this robust, 100+ page guide focuses on prevention in the family and community. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development. Information about protective factors is augmented with tools and strategies that help providers integrate the factors into community programs and systems. Agencies, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and parents alike will find resources in this guide to help them promote these important elements within their families and communities.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

Harvard's Center on the Developing Child

The Center on the Developing Child’s diverse activities align around building an R&D (research and development) platform for science-based innovation, and transforming the policy and practice landscape that supports and even demands change. We do this because society pays a huge price when children do not reach their potential, because half a century of policies and programs have not produced breakthrough outcomes, and because dramatic advances in science are ready to be used to achieve a promising future for every child.

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success is a handbook for teachers written and compiled by OSPI and Western Washington University staff. It contains valuable information that will be helpful to you on a daily basis as you work with students whose learning has been adversely impacted by trauma in their lives.


Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Trauma, Compassion, and Resiliency: Background and Definitions
  • Chapter 2: Self-Care: An Ethical Obligation for Those Who Care
  • Chapter 3: Instructional Principles, Curricular Domains and Specific Strategies for Compassionate Classrooms
  • Chapter 4: Building Compassionate School-Community Partnerships That Work
  • Chapter 5: Examples of Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success Direct From the Field
  • Chapter 6: Resources
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements

Helping Traumatized Children Learn

A collaboration between Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School, traumasensitiveschools.org is published by the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) and is a robust resource for educators, parents, and anyone working with youth.

The Language of Trauma and Loss

The Language of Trauma and Loss provides teachers with information about the effect of trauma and loss on children, and the teacher’s role in identifying and referring appropriate students. The program also helps teachers establish a “safe” classroom and improve language arts skills using trauma and loss as a vehicle. The first video offers professional development information for teachers. The other three videos are age-specific for elementary, middle school, and high school students, and are to be used as a vehicle to help students express their concerns. 

Make Time to Listen, Take Time to Talk About Bullying: Conversation Starter Cards

This activity book, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) encourages parents and caregivers to spend at least 15 minutes a day listening to and talking with their child or children to prevent youth violence. It provides interactive questions to start conversations with children about bullying and bullying prevention.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments offers information and technical assistance to States, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment. We believe that with the right resources and support, educational stakeholders can collaborate to 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, 2) improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) improve the use of technology so all students have the opportunity to realize academic success and digital literacy in safe and supportive learning environments. Of special interest to students' resiliency, the website's section on Safe and Healthy Students has a large sub-section on students' safety, which is further categorized into topics, research, and articles on emotional safety, physical safety, bullying/cyberbulling, substance abuse, and emergency readiness & management. Within another sub-section on environment, students' mental health is addressed.


Additionally, there is a separate section on data trends and indicators, which includes selections from national indicators such as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) and a report called Indicators of School Crime and Safety.


Highlighted resources:

Resources for School Personnel

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's (NCTSN) section on resources for school personnel lists dozens of resources filterable by resource type, trauma type, and language.


Highlighted resources for educators:

  • Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators (2017): Helps educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources. It should be implemented in accordance with individual school policies and procedures.
  • Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (2008): Provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system. Also En Español [Caja de Herramientas Para Educadores Para el Manejo de Trauma Infantil]
  • Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators (2014): Helps educators and school staff recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help students heal.
  • Creating, Supporting, and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Schools: A System Framework (2017): Presents a tiered approach to creating a trauma-informed school environment that addresses the needs of all students, staff, administrators, and families who might be at risk for experiencing the symptoms of traumatic stress. This framework offers a vision of a trauma-informed school, adhering to the “4 Rs”: (1) realizing the widespread impact of trauma and pathways to recovery; (2) recognizing traumas signs and symptoms; (3) responding by integrating knowledge about trauma into all facets of the system; and (4) resisting re-traumatization of trauma-impacted individuals by decreasing the occurrence of unnecessary triggers (i.e., trauma and loss reminders) and by implementing trauma-informed policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (2014): Lists common reactions educators might see in the students with whom they work and suggestions on how they may help after community trauma. This tip sheet describes how traumatic events, such as a natural disaster, school violence, or the traumatic death of a peer or educator, can affect students’ learning, behavior, and relationships.
  • Self Care for Educators (2008): Highlights tips for educators on self-care. This tip sheet is a part of the Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators and includes information on working with traumatized children, and tips for school staff who work with any child who has experienced trauma.
  • Understanding Refugee Trauma: For School Personnel (2018): Outlines different considerations that school personnel need to take into account when working with refugee youth and their families. This fact sheet describes the school, classroom, individual, and family considerations that school staff should understand when working with this population.

The Trauma and Resilience Service at The Child Mind Institute

The Trauma and Resilience Service at The Child Mind Institute helps by:

  • Disseminating manuals and guidelines about helping traumatized children
  • Addressing disturbing events and educating the public through media outreach
  • Educating parents and teachers about how to facilitate recovery
  • Providing treatment to alleviate symptoms of distress post-trauma exposure

Highlighted resources on trauma and grief:

Treatment and Services Adaptation Center

Promoting trauma-informed school systems that provide prevention and early intervention strategies to create supportive and nurturing school environments. 


Website section headings include:

  • Trauma-Informed Schools: Impact of Trauma on Students, Trauma Services in Schools, Threat Assessment, Student Behavior, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Interventions: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), Psychological First Aid—Listen, Protect, Connect (PFA—LPC)
  • Resources: Videos, downloads, links, and presentations
  • In a Crisis: Resources for Schools, Resources for Parents

Educators: Secondary Traumatic Stress

Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators and School Personnel

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network's (NCTSN) introductory page on secondary traumatic stress has sections on understanding who is at risk, strategies for prevention and intervention, strategies to build resiliency and address secondary traumatic stress, worker resiliency in trauma-informed systems, and NCTSN resources on secondary traumatic stress.


Highlighted resources on secondary traumatic stress for educators:

  • Emotional Challenges and Self-care for Those Working with Young Traumatized Children (2012): Discusses the importance of identifying and implementing effective strategies for self-care in dealing with the emotional challenges of working with infants, young children, and their caregivers who have been traumatized.
  • Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress (2012): Addresses the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) in organizational settings. This webinar offers information on risk management and workforce development as they are related to STS, as well as strategies to reduce the impact of STS in an organizations. including training, assessment, case-load management, self-care practices, and supervision.
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress (2012): Addresses the complex impact of secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout. This webinar series offers prevention and intervention strategies for various levels within an organization and is intended for frontline workers, administrators, disaster response workers, mental health providers, child welfare workers, supervisors, teachers, and a general audience.
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals (2011): Offers child-serving professionals information about secondary traumatic stress (STS). This fact sheet describes how individuals experience STS, understanding who is at risk, how to identify STS, strategies for prevention and intervention, and essential elements to address STS.
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress for Educators (2012): Describes risk factors for and signs of secondary traumatic stress in educators, as well as techniques for prevention and self-care.
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress ... What is it? (2012): Discusses child welfare caseworkers' response to Charles Figley's definition of Secondary Traumatic Stress, outlines assessing for Secondary Traumatic Stress through instruments and self-examination, and discusses strategies for coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress at the supervisor and worker level.
  • Self Care for Educators (2008): Highlights tips for educators on self-care. This tip sheet is a part of the Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators and includes information on working with traumatized children, and tips for school staff who work with any child who has experienced trauma.

Secondary Traumatic Stress: Treatment and Services Adaptation Center

In order to best serve their students and and maintain their own health, educators must be alert to the signs of secondary traumatic stress in themselves and their coworkers. In a trauma-informed school, staff should be encouraged to practice self-care along with other strategies to guard against or heal from the effects of secondary traumatic stress.


Highlighted resources:

Educators: Mobile Apps

Mobile App: KnowBullying

KnowBullying, a mobile app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) empowers parents, caregivers, and educators with the tools they need to start the conversation with their children about bullying. KnowBullying describes strategies to prevent bullying and explains how to recognize warning signs that a child is bullying, witnessing bullying, or being bullied. 


Download on:

Google Play

iTunes / App Store

Mobile App: Help Kids Cope

Help Kids Cope, a mobile app created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is an app designed to assist parents in talking to their children about different disasters they may experience or have already experienced. This app includes 10 different disaster types with sections in each on how to explain, prepare, respond, and heal from the event their family is concerned with. Each section gives guidance on talking to preschool, school-age, and adolescent children, as well as, includes ways parents can help themselves cope and support their children’s reactions.


Download on:

Google Play

iTunes / App Store

Mobile App: SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program—right from your smartphone.


Licensed clinicians in our 24/7 CrisisLine call center respond to all incoming chats, texts, and calls by providing:

  • supportive or crisis counseling,
  • suicide prevention,
  • and referral services.

We can help anyone with emotional crises, bullying, relationship problems, mental health, or suicide related issues.


Download on:

Google Play

iTunes / App Store

Infographics from Echo Parenting

Echo Behavior Trauma-Informed Flowchart

DOs and DONTs of a Trauma-Informed Classroom

Infographics from SAMHSA/NCTSI: Understanding Child Trauma

Understanding Child Trauma

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with this three-page, informative infographic developed by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI). Also available in Spanish.

Understanding Child Trauma: More than You Think

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with this one-page, informative infographic developed by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI).

Understanding Child Trauma: Recognize the Signs

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with this informative infographic developed by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI).

Understanding Child Trauma: There is Hope

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with this informative infographic developed by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI).

Film Trailer: Paper Tigers

Courtesy of KPJR Films


Paper Tigers is available for purchase for personal use on many platforms, including Amazon.


For information on screening Paper Tigers in Utah, contact Utah's Trauma Resiliency Collaborative.

Film Trailer: Resilience

Courtesy of KPJR Films


For information on screening Resilience in Utah, contact Utah's Trauma Resiliency Collaborative.

Please note:

While every effort has been made to ensure resources shared are safe and reputable, no resource is endorsed or guaranteed by Utah's Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative or its members.  No resource listed is in an any way a substitute for obtaining professional help.

  

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