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This toolkit was developed by the Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to raise awareness about the needs of youth with traumatic stress and substance abuse problems and to promote evidence-based practices in clinical settings. It is meant to serve as a training guide for providers working with this population. The project was funded by SAMHSA.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling from Substance Use or Overdose provides information for all caregivers who are parenting children after the death of a sibling from substance use or overdose. Drawing from the wisdom of parents and children who have been through this experience this tip sheet provides information on how to facilitate grieving. This fact sheet is intended to support parents of children ages 7 and older.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse Online provides training materials for mental health clinicians and substance abuse treatment professionals on co-occurring disorders.
Complex trauma describes the dual problem of children’s exposure to traumatic events and the impact of this exposure on immediate and long-term outcomes. It refers to children’s experiences of multiple traumatic events that occur within the caregiving system – the social environment that is supposed to be the source of safety and stability in a child’s life. This white paper discusses exposure to complex trauma in children carries an enormous cost to society, both in lives impacted and dollars spent.
Research has demon¬strated a strong relationship between childhood exposure to traumatic events and a variety of substance use-related behaviors. Throughout a person’s lifetime, childhood trauma exposure can be a significant factor in addiction and mental health problems, and approaches to prevention, intervention, and recovery efforts. This resource outlines the consequences of opioid misuse related to trauma and includes policy implications and recommendations as well as additional resources.
A resource for professionals about the developmental impact of trauma. Includes the symptoms of trauma and interventions for different age groups, as well as the impact of trauma on brain development.
This guide was created to help parents and caregivers who believe their teenagers might be experiencing problems as a result of traumatic stress and substance abuse. In it, you will find information about the connections between trauma and drug abuse, tips on how to help your teen cope with trauma and stay drug free, and where to go if your teen needs more help.
This fact sheet developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network addresses age-related reactions to traumatic events for the preschool, school-aged, and adolescent populations and highlights effective strategies to support children through the emotional and physical challenges they face after exposure to a traumatic event.
This guide provides parents and caregivers with guidance from parents, foster families, grandparents, and other caregivers who have been through experiences of loss and grief and found ways to cope and manage that grief.