Trauma Informed Practice: Supporting Clients Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma

This section of the website lists Canadian and International resources that have a trauma informed practice focus. 

AMSSA Resources:

Webinar: Trauma Informed Practice:  Supporting Clients Who Have Experienced Complex TraumaAMSSA 
This webinar explored how immigrant serving agencies can offer services in a trauma-informed manner, set policies, and encourage interactions with clients that facilitate healing and growth.

General Resources:

Trauma Informed Practice Guide, BC Provincial Mental Health and Substance Use Planning Council
The Trauma-Informed Practice Guide is intended to support the translation of trauma-informed principles into practice. Included are concrete strategies to guide the professional work of practitioners assisting clients in British Columbia.

Trauma-informed Toolkit, Klinic Community Health Centre 
This toolkit provides knowledge to service providers working with adults who have experienced or been affected by trauma. It also helps service providers and organizations to work from a trauma-informed perspective and develop trauma-informed relationships that cultivate safety, trust and compassion.

Trauma-recovery, Manitoba Trauma Information & Education Centre
This website on trauma recovery was developed by the Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre (MTIEC) and provides an understanding of what trauma is, how it affects people, and to present some ways of dealing with the symptoms of trauma.

Trauma-informed practice in different settings and with various populations. A Discussion Guide for Health and Social Service Providers, Nova Scotia Health Authority
This guide assists individuals and agencies working toward developing trauma-informed approaches to service delivery and system-wide collaboration. Each section also lists further resources.

On-Line Learning Module on Trauma Informed Care, Alberta Health Services
In this learning module, learners are introduced to key concepts and practices of Trauma Informed Care. The purpose of this learning opportunity is to increase knowledge about psychological trauma and improve practice to be more trauma informed and patient/client centered.

International Resources:

Trauma-Informed Care for Displaced Populations: A Guide for Community-Based Service Providers, National Center on Family Homelessness
For many who are displaced, trauma is central to their experience prior to, during, and post-migration. This guide provides important information for organizations when serving people who have been displaced that assists in understanding trauma and its impact so that agencies can design programs and services that reflect the principles of trauma-informed care.

Transcending Violence: Emerging Models for Trauma Healing in Refugee Communities, National Center for Trauma Informed Care
This report serves as an introduction and overview of the issues involved in providing mental health trauma services for refugees in the United States.

A Treatment Improvement Protocol: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Each treatment improvement protocol involves the development of topic-specific best practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of substance use and mental disorders.

Trauma-Informed Interventions: Clinical and Research Evidence and Culture-Specific Information Project, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
This project identifies trauma-focused interventions that have been developed and utilized with trauma-affected youth populations of various cultural backgrounds and to describe their level of cultural competence.

Trauma Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence Tips for Agencies Working With Immigrant Families, National Resource Center for Children’s Exposure to Violence
This info sheet provides tips for organizations working with immigrant families whose children have been exposed to violence.

Research Papers and Presentations:

Trauma Informed Practice an Overview, Theresa Grech, MA, CCC, CPRP Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services
This presentation aims to give an overview of providing services from a trauma informed perspective.

African Immigrants, Trauma and Culturally Relevant Trauma Informed Practice, Brenda Ingram, EdD, MSW, LCSWClinical Consultant & Trainer Director of Clinical Services, Peace Over Violence Clinical Consultant, YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Services
This presentation looks at integrating the African value system with providing services in a trauma informed manner.

Trauma and Distress of Immigrant and Refugee Families: The Journey of Strengths, Resilience and Healing, Rosa Maria Garcia de Gonzalez, North End Women Centre
This presentation looks at the migration process and the impact of trauma that it can have on immigrant and refugee families.

Resources for Working with Children:

Toxic Stress, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
This website provides resources and information on how stressful situations can impact children.

Well-Being of Immigrant Children and Youth, Child Welfare Information Gateway
This website provides resources related to trauma and well-being of immigrant children and youth.


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