Trauma Center Resources for Adults, Children, Families and First Responders
Resources for Families Coping with Disaster and Trauma:
- Massachusetts Department of Mental Health: Resources to Help Cope With the Tragic Events at the Boston Marathon
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network(NCTSN)
- The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
- National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Resources for Families & Others Impacted by Terrorism and Disasters:
Resources in Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings
- Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Talking to Children about the Bombings
- Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters
- Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings
- Psychological First Aid for Schools
- Talking to Children About Death and Attending Services
- Restoring a Sense of Safety (CSTS)
For Children and Families Who Were Injured:
For Pediatric Providers:
- Healthcare Toolbox
- Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care
- New AAP Guide for Pediatricians on Addressing Trauma (AAP)
Resources for First Responders:
The following provide information and resources for first responders (Police, Fire, EMS) and others who may be involved in "critical incidents" and other traumatic events. They give general information about trauma, referral sources and practical strategies for dealing with typical reactions to atypical events. These resources were produced with funding from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), under a federal Anti-Terrorism Supplemental Grant (ATSG), to aid Victims of and Responders to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. While developed specifically for first responders, several of these resources are likely to be of benefit to other individuals impacted by traumatic incidents, including victims, their loved ones, caregivers, and service providers.
- For Mental Health Professionals Working with Firefighters and Other First Responders
- For Responders Who are being Activated
- First Responders and Traumatic Events: Normal Distress and Stress Disorders
- Relaxation Exercises
- Treatments for PTSD
- Police Stress
Handouts, Interviews with Experts and Other Related Information:
- Common Responses to Trauma - And Coping Strategies - Another great but simple resource - for traumatized people and their loved ones.
- Acute Responses to Traumatic Stress - A recent review article by Drs. Arieh Shalev and Robert Ursano.
- Treating Survivors in the Acute Aftermath of Traumatic Events - Another excellent recent article by Dr. Shalev.
- Interview with Bessel van der Kolk - Aftermaths of the WTC Disaster
- Listen to audio by David Emerson, E-RYT. He describes a chair-based yoga practice for traumatic stress.