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Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources

A comprehensive web-based, video-enhanced resource tool


Many resources, actions, and lessons learned from entities that have become trauma informed, are necessary to help child-serving systems and provider organizations on their journey to becoming trauma informed. The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University and JBS International created this web-based tool to support leaders and decision makers at all levels (national, state, tribal, territorial, and local) in taking steps on their journey.

This tool comprised of issue briefs, video interviews, and resource lists tells a story of implementation of trauma informed services and offers guidance and resources to help you on your implementation journey. The video interviews are of national, state, tribal, and local leaders in many child-serving systems; developers of evidence-based treatments and practices; physicians; researchers; administrators of provider organizations; clinicians; youth and young adults; families; and advocates who share lessons learned and identify remaining gaps. Youth and their families provide client perspectives on the need for trauma-informed practices and the impact of trauma-informed care on their lives. Stakeholders in selected states share lessons learned over a 1-year period of intensive efforts to become more trauma informed. The issue briefs provide an introduction and overview for each of the tool’s eight modules. The comprehensive resources lists support users in understanding how to build trauma-informed systems and organizations.

What Trauma-Informed Care Means

What does it mean to be trauma informed? What is trauma-informed care? Why does it matter? This video presents individuals from the field who answer these and other questions.


The focus of this resource tool is primarily on children, youth, and young adults and their families, including foster and kinship families. Many of the insights and resources provided are also applicable to adults. Anyone interested in learning about trauma and trauma-informed care should explore this tool. Additional information on adult populations exposed to trauma is available from: