Therapists & Counselors: Utah Resources

Trauma Informed Care Network

Trauma Informed Care Network (TICN) are an organization formed in Salt Lake City, UT, in 2013, by a group of mental health and medical professionals who have experienced the impact of trauma on the physical health and emotional well being of our clients and patients. We have observed that clients and patients with underlying traumas tend to struggle with a variety of acute and chronic mental health and medical issues.

TICN's website has a directory of trauma-informed care providers in Utah, speakers' bureau, and TICN hosts regular events relevant to providers interested in developing their trauma-informed care practices.

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.

Therapists & Counselors: 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.

ACEs Connection

ACEs Connection is a social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions—from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches—to help heal and develop resilience rather than to continue to traumatize already traumatized people.

Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice

The mission of the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice is to create a resilient, trauma-informed society where all individuals and families have the opportunity and the supports necessary to thrive.

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.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Best Practices

The Lifeline provides mental health professionals and crisis centers in the Lifeline network with innovative best practices and resources in the field of suicide prevention and mental health.

NCTSN Learning Center

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents.

Therapists & Counselors: 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 therapists & counselors:

  • The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families (2011): Provides foundational knowledge to better understand The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families. This course provides information on each of the core concepts that form the theoretical foundation and act as guiding principles for The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma.
  • 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 in Professionals Treating Child Sexual Abuse (2010): Addresses therapist, supervisor, and organizational challenges and opportunities for addressing secondary traumatic stress in the context of serving clients who experience child sexual abuse. This webinar highlights cultural considerations, the critical role of professional self-care, and organizational strategies needed to optimally care for ourselves as we provide care for others.
  • 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.

Therapists & Counselors: 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 Stor

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: 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: 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: 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).

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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