Families & Caregivers: 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. The Children's Center provides a number of services, including clinical services (assessment and evaluation, child and family therapy, therapeutic preschool, and an integrated autism program) and consultation services, as well as training, which includes internships and professional conferences.

Family Support & Treatment Center

The Utah Valley Family Support Center, Inc. (DBA Family Support & Treatment Center) is a private, nonprofit organization established in July 1984 with a primary purpose of preventing and treating child abuse. Our Mission is to build a community of healthy, happy individuals and families through education and the prevention and treatment of child abuse, trauma and other personal and family concerns. 

The Family Support & Treatment Center offers therapy services, 24/7 crisis respite nursery, and education in the following areas: Trauma Resilience Training, Prevention and Personal Safety, Parenting Classes, and Youth Enhancing Social Skills

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: An Online Course for Parents

This free online course from Prevent Child Abuse Utah teaches parents how to protect their 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. 

Prevention for Parents

This resource on prevention for parents created by One with Courage Utah outlines learning the signs and symptoms of abuse, starting a conversation, maintaining a child's safety as an adult's job, minimizing opportunity, monitoring your child's online activity, talking openly, acting on suspicions, watching for signs of regression in a child's behavior, and making a plan, contacting your local Children's Justice Center (CJC), and acting on suspicions. Remember, you are obligated by law to report suspected abuse.

Learn the Process: How does the Children's Justice Center Model Work?also from One With Courage Utah outlines functions of both the CJC and CPS and the joint investigation and coordinated case review processes. The website additionally includes a section on signs and myths, which includes helpful statistics and infographics for Utah, as well as a section on survivor voices, featuring videos of survivors telling their stories. 

Utah Association for Infant Mental Health

The mission of the Utah Association for Infant Mental Health (UAIMH) is to promote a unified understanding of infant mental health across disciplines and programs and to develop a statewide system of resources in support of infant mental health for all families living in Utah. Included on the homepage are handouts and materials from UAIMH's January 2018 event Baby Steps: Trauma & Resilience in Infancy.

Utah Coalition for Protecting Childhood

The Utah Coalition For Protecting Childhood (UCPC) fosters a statewide and community effort that aims to engage individuals, families, and communities in building secure and healthy childhoods for Utah's children. The coalition's goal is to support and facilitate the exchange of ideas and programs that work across various support groups as well as share innovative ways to provide experiences in early care, education, and family support settings. In the end, helping parents and the community to provide a stronger brighter foundation and future for Utah's children.

Utah Grandfamilies and Kinship Care

There are 24,000 children in Utah that have a grandparent as primary caregiver. Although the number one reason for this fact is drug use by the child’s parent(s), there are also other issues such as poverty, death of the parent, incarceration and mental illness. 801-326-4409

Utah Parents in Action

Utah Parents in Action home visitation program reaches families in their homes to help parents overcome challenges involved with parenting and help children reach their full potential. Parents in Action is patterned after the Parents as Teachers program (PAT) and is offered to each home by trained parent educators.

Families & Caregivers: 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.

The Attachment & Trauma Network

The Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) is the nation’s oldest parent-led organization supporting families of traumatized children. ATN is known for our Therapeutic Parenting Journal, online Learning Center, our active advocacy group, ATN Advocates, our Trauma Sensitive Schools Think Tank and work with the National Attachment Trauma Awareness Day.

Circle of Security International

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Using the COS-P model developed by the Circle of Security originators, our trained Facilitators work with parents and care-givers to help them to:

•   Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs

•   Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions

•   Enhance the development of their child's self esteem

•   Honor the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure

Hand in Hand Parenting

Our vision is a world of warm, loving families where parents are well supported and responsive to the needs, fears, hopes and dreams of their children. Well-supported parents are natural leaders within their families and their communities. And because they truly understand how to listen and connect with their children, they will raise a generation of involved, creative, visionary problem solvers who will transform the world. At Hand in Hand, we heal society one family, one community at a time.

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 Harvard Law School and is a robust resource for educators, parents, and anyone working with youth.

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:

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): The more you learn about how traumatic events affect children, the more you will understand the reasons for your kids' behaviors, and emotions, and the better prepared you will be to help them cope. When you let your children know that you and other caring adults are working to keep them safe, that you are there to support them, and that there are people who can help them with what they are feeling, most children who have traumatic stress can recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives. 

Highlighted resources for parents and caregivers:

  • Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse (2009): Provides parents and caregivers with tools to help them support children who have been victims of sexual abuse, information on the importance of talking to children and youth about body safety, and guidance on how to respond when children disclose sexual abuse. This fact sheet series also includes advice on how to cope with the shock of intrafamilial abuse and with the emotional impact of legal involvement in sexual abuse cases.
  • Children and Domestic Violence Fact Sheet Series (2015): Offers support to parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. This fact sheet series provides education to support their resilience and recovery.
  • Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers (2014): Helps parents and caregivers recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help children heal.
  • Staying Safe While Staying Connected: Tips for Caregivers (2015): Provides information to parents and caregivers about keeping children safe online. This fact sheet describes why sexting is not smart and how sexts can be used to hurt or bully. It offers tips for keeping youth safe when they are online, including privacy settings and protecting their identity.
  • Trauma and Your Family (2011): Offers parents and caregivers information about trauma. This fact sheet defines traumatic stress and describes how common it is, how it can impact a family, and things a family can do to cope with traumatic stress.
  • What Is Complex Trauma: A Resource Guide for Youth and Those Who Care About Them (2017): Offers information about complex trauma, how it can impact youth, both good and harmful coping strategies, and ways to improve. This guide is for youth who have experienced complex trauma or who know someone who has. Clinicians, caregivers, and other adults can also use the guide to have conversations with youth about what complex trauma is.

Families & Caregivers: Mobile Apps

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: 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: PTSD Family Coach

Living with a family member who has PTSD can be stressful. Created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), PTSD Family Coach is an app similar to PTSD Coach. PTSD Family Coach provides support for concerned family members of those with PTSD. The app can help you learn about PTSD, how to take care of yourself, and how to manage your relationship with your loved one or children. PTSD Family Coach also has information on how to help your loved one get the treatment they deserve.

Features include:

  • Information about PTSD and how it affects those who care about someone with PTSD.
  • Tips to help families better support a loved one with PTSD, and themselves. The app includes information on how to find counseling.
  • Facts about counseling for individuals or couples managing PTSD in a relationship.
  • Tools to help family members manage stress.
  • Self-created support network of people to connect with when in need.

Download on:

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).

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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