Healthcare Providers: Utah Resources

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 Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

The Utah Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics are dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well-being of children, their families and communities through the collective efforts of our membership, and to provide an organization for member support, professional communication, education and fellowship. The website includes a legislative advocacy toolkit, events (practice managers group meetings, Common Problems Conference, and CME courses), programs (HPV QI Project, Bullet Proof Kids), resources (videos, newsletters, links), and opportunities.

University Hospital and Clinics Policy on Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

Authored by University Hospital and Clinics' Domestic Violence Committee, chaired by TRC member Kathy Franchek-Roa, MD, the University Health Care Policy on Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation establishes an appropriate, consistent mechanism for identifying, documenting, and reporting cases of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children and adults.

Healthcare Providers: 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.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

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.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. 

Highlighted resources for healthcare providers:

  • Is it ADHD or Child Traumatic Stress? A Guide for Clinicians (2016): Provides definitions of child traumatic stress and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and explains how symptoms can overlap, as well as summarizes some of the differences between the two. This fact sheet decribes how child traumatic stress can sometimes be mistaken for ADHD because of the overlap between ADHD symptoms and the effects of experiencing trauma. Understanding these differences can help parents and providers assess and treat children appropriately and more effectively.
  • Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health Care Providers (2014): Offers a compendium of tools to guide medical professionals in effectively assessing and treating medical traumatic stress in children and families. This toolkit helps providers address the emotional, as well as the physical side of trauma. It is anchored by the D-E-F Protocol for trauma-informed care, which helps providers respond to Distress, offer Emotional support, and ensure Family-centered care for traumatized children and families. This toolkit includes guidebooks on implementing trauma-informed care, with case studies and examples, as well as complimentary patient handouts for children and parents with evidence-based tips and activities.

The Resilience Project: ​Practice Provider Resources

Created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Resilience Project is dedicated to helping and protecting today's youth. 

Highlighted resources:

  • Creating a Medical Home: Includes discussion on the role of the pediatric medical home, starting the discussion about exposure to violence, and how to use resources.
  • Family and Caregiver Resources: The resources provide additional education and support for the family and caregivers about the effects of violence on children and ways to prevent it and promote resilience.  
  • Promoting Resilience: Resilience is the process by which the child moves through a traumatic event, utilizing various protective factors for support, and returning to “baseline” in terms of an emotional and physiologic response to the stressor. More can be found on the physiologic stress response in the AAP technical report on toxic stress. 
  • Training toolkit: The training toolkit is an education tool for pediatricians, residents, medical home teams, and others to better understand the effects of exposure to violence and how to approach the issue in the pediatric medical home setting.
  • Webinars: There are a number of valuable webinars and presentation materials that medical home teams can access to increase their knowledge related to exposure to violence and its potentially lifelong impact on children and youth. 

Healthcare Providers: Secondary Traumatic Stress

Secondary Traumatic Stress

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 for healthcare providers:

  • 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 ... 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.
  • The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma (2015): Provides an overview for providers on how to work with children and families who are living with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) and have experienced trauma. The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma is a training that consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant Manual that are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children with IDD who have had traumatic experiences, and how to use this knowledge to support children's safety, well-being, happiness, and recovery through trauma-informed practice.

Healthcare Providers: 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: 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

Mobile App: The PTSD Coach

Created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. 

Features include:

  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
  • Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms
  • Direct links to support and help
  • Always with you when you need it

NOTE: PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often requires professional evaluation and treatment. PTSD Coach is not intended to replace needed professional care.

Also see PTSD Coach ONLINE for desktop use: choose from 17 tools.

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: Suicide Safe

Suicide Safe, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) suicide prevention app for mobile devices and optimized for tablets helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. Suicide Safe is a free app based on SAMHSA's Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card.

Download on:

Google Play

iTunes/App Store

TED: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

It is known that childhood trauma can have long lasting negative mental effects. As explained in this video by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, it also can have negative long term physical health consequences. Take this TED Ed lesson to learn more and to find resources to build resilience skills to address this health risk. 

Lesson created by Alison Boven using video from TED YouTube Channel

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: 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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