Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care

This section of the portal focuses on trauma-informed practice. This is a work approach which recognizes that individuals may have experienced trauma in the past, and strives to mitigate the risk of retraumatization or new traumatic experiences. A trauma-informed approach differs from a trauma-focused approach, which is designed to explicitly treat and heal trauma. The trauma-informed care paradigm can be implemented in any context, be it individual interactions, organizational structure or policy design.

Balados & Podcasts

inSocialWork Podcast Series: Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care Episodes

inSocialWork® is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. inSocialWork® features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work. 

- Created by the School of Social Work of University at Buffalo.

Books & Articles

Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

Created by Dr. Sandra Bloom.

This is the third in a trilogy of books that chronicle the revolutionary changes in our mental health and human service delivery systems that have conspired to disempower staff and hinder client recovery. "Restoring Sanctuary" is a roadmap to recovery for our nation's systems of care. It explores the notion that organizations are living systems themselves, and as such, they manifest various degrees of health and dysfunction, analogous to those of individuals.

Guides & Facts Sheets

Program Penguin: Implementing TIC in Residential Child Welfare Settings

This presentation provides information about a trauma-informed program that promotes trauma-informed attitudes and well-being among professionals, and reduces the use of restraints and seclusions.

- Created by Dr. Denise Michelle Brend.

The Practice of Trauma-Informed Care

This presentation provides information on trauma and its repercussions as well as clarifications on trauma-informed practices.

- Created by Make Resilience Matter. 

Crisis Response Checklist

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This checklist can help organizations respond to high intensity and unplanned events by preparing individuals to manage the practical, logistical, and emotional impacts following incidents. 

Trauma and Violence-Informed Approaches to Policy and Practices

Created by the Government of Canada.

Trauma and violence-informed approaches to policy and practices. Trauma and violence-informed approaches are policies and practices that recognize the connections between violence, trauma, negative health outcomes and behaviours. These approaches increase safety, control and resilience for people who are seeking services in relation to experiences of violence and/or have a history of experiencing violence. 

Trauma-Informed Workplace Assessment

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This 2-5 minutes assessment tool provides a more accurate picture of your organization’s approach to trauma-informed principles. Once completed, it provides an 8-page detailed report that will help you evaluate, understand, and discuss how your organization can become more trauma-informed.

Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working With Children, Youth and Families

Created by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

This guide is concerned with advancing understanding and action about trauma-informed approaches that support program and service delivery for/with children, youth and families. This document is relevant to those working with children, youth and families in different settings such as schools, hospitals and other community-based settings. The main goals are to identify trauma-informed approaches, to raise awareness and to increase capacities in professionals.

6 Guiding Principles to a Trauma-Informed Approach

Created by CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), in collaboration with SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC).

This infographic provides information on a new training for OPHPR employees about the role of trauma-informed care during public health emergencies. The training aimed to increase responder awareness of the impact that trauma can have in the communities where they work. Participants learned SAMHSA’s six principles that guide a trauma-informed approach, including: Safety, Trustworthiness & transparency, Peer support, Collaboration & mutuality, Empowerment & choice, and Cultural, historical & gender issues.

10 Key Ingredients for Trauma-Informed Care

Created by the Center for Health Care Strategies.

This infographic addresses the following questions: What is Trauma? What is the Impact of Trauma on Health?, and How Can Providers Become Trauma Informed?.

3 Go-To Elements for Trauma-Informed Workplaces

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic presents three ways organizations can use to create a trauma-informed environment at work.

Principles for Being Trauma Informed

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic illustrates the five core principles for being trauma-informed.

How to Be an Ally?

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic provides information on how to become an ally to LGBT2SQ+ communities by ending oppression and creating equality.

Attachment, Self-Regulation, Competency (ARC) Trauma Study

Created by Delphine Collin-Vézina, Kim Coleman and Lise Milne.

This factsheet offers information on the attachment, self-regulation, and competency (ARC) trauma study. More precisely, it presents the definition of ARC model, types of trauma, repercussions in youth, especially in residential care or youth protection services.


What Is a Trauma-Informed Child and Family Service System?

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This fact sheet offers information on how child and family service systems can becomre trauma-sensitive organizations. 



Creating PRESENCE ($)

Created by Dr. Sandra Bloom.

Creating PRESENCE is an online organizational and clinical approach for creating trauma-informed, trauma-responsive and trauma-resilient organizations. This program offers protection for clients, support for staff and strengh in organizations.

Transforming Psychological Trauma - National Trauma Training Programme Online Resources

This document summarises the key trauma training resources from the National Trauma Training Programme that are openly available to support individuals to meet the vision of: “A trauma informed and responsive nation and workforce, that is capable of recognising where people are affected by trauma and adversity, that is able to respond in ways that prevent further harm and support recovery, and can address inequalities and improve life chances.”

- Created by NHS - Education for Scotland.

Videos & Webinars

Moving Beyond Trauma-Informed Care

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses the ways organizations, schools, and even homes can transform into healthy, value-driven systems that promote diversity, collaboration, resilience, and wellness. A transformative organizational approach called "Creating Presence," which helps employees become trauma-responsive to their clients and to one another, becoming trauma-resilient in the process, is also presented.

- Created by Dawn Isaac & Kristin Lukie.

CTRI - Youtube Channel

The CTRI Youtube Channel provide videos on different topics, including being prensent, overcoming self-criticism, tips for couple counselling, tips to reduce screen time, self-care, and more. 

- Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

Being Trauma Aware: A Course Overview

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses the definition and importance of being trauma-aware, presents the training framework of the course, including the five modules, and provides testimonials from professionals who have attended this course.

- Created by Meghan Costello.

A Time of Transition and Turmoil: Challenges Delivering and Evaluating a Promising Trauma-Informed Training and Support Program for Residential Care Workers

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses how it is essential for residential care workers to be equipped to identify and practice trauma-informed care with youth in order to prevent reduced self-efficacy, anger/overreactions, and over-permissiveness. By training and supporting residential care workers in trauma-informed principles, their professional quality of life may increase.

- Created by Lise Milne & Alexandra Paiva.


Incorporating the Colonial Trauma Framework Into Trauma-Informed Care and Practice

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, presents a trauma-informed approach called the Colonial Trauma Framework, which recognizes indigenous people’s trauma as collective, complex, continuous, cumulative, and compounding, and explains how current trauma-informed approaches can be expanded by this framework.

- Created by Ky Scott, Jennifer Nutton et Nancy Lucero.

Trauma-Informed Practice - Core Practices

These webinars provide knowledge exchange based on the guide Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working with Children, Youth, and Families. This six-webinar series discusses: 1) information about the guide; 2) core concepts; 3) work with children, youth, and families; 4) collaboration with families; 5) worker wellness and safety; and 6) leadership commitment.

- Created by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC)

Created by the Buffalo Center for Social Research.

This website provides definitions of trauma-informed care-related themes, information on the institute, collaboration options, current partners and projects, and their commitment declaration. It also offers news to be updated on the latest trauma-informed information, online modules, a manual on changes that can be made in organizations, and a series called Trauma Talks, which is a collection of interviews that asks individuals to share how they have seen strength and resilience heal wounds of trauma as a result of the use of a trauma-informed approach.

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center

Created by Alberta Health Services.

The site curates resources from experts in the field of trauma-informed care and also draws largely from the experiences of health care organizations.

Frewen Meditations Research Lab

Created by Dr. Paul Frewen.

This website provides information on mediation-related practices and educational videos related to mindfulness.

Trauma Training Initiative: Information for Health Professionals

Created by the Alberta Health Services.

The purpose of the Trauma Training Initiative is to increase knowledge about trauma and the impact it has by creating connection, sharing knowledge and resources. This website offers resources for individuals who help those impacted by trauma provide patient centred care.