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American Academy of Pediatrics

American Psychological Association

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • After a Suicide Loss: A Toolkit for Schools

    • Produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2011

    • A free resource to help schools cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Developed in consultation with national experts, this toolkit is a highly-practical resource for schools facing real-time crises, and is applicable for diverse populations and communities. It includes general guidelines for action, do's and don'ts, templates and sample materials, and covers topics such as Crisis Response, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion and Bringing in Outside Help.

    • To learn more about other AFSP programs and resources for schools, go to www.afsp.org/schools.

Anti-Defamation League

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

  • The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) was established in 1987 to address United States Department of Defense concerns around the psychological impact and health consequences resulting from the impact of traumatic events, to include weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and natural disasters.

  • Contains research and resources related to all kinds of traumatic stress

  • Teachers Helping Students: Listening and Talking factsheet

Child Mind Institute

ChildTrauma Academy

  • Effects of Traumatic Events on Children

    • Developed by Dr. Bruce D. Perry and the ChildTrauma Academy in 2003.

    • This introductory booklet is written for an interdisciplinary audience. Caregivers, childcare providers, teachers, law enforcement, child protection workers, social workers, judges, nurses, pediatricians and mental health service providers all are will work with traumatized or maltreated children. The more we can understand these children and the impact of traumatic experiences, the more compassionate and wise we can be in our interactions and in our problem solving.

COACT Colorado

  • Trauma Informed Care Clinical Consultation Flyer.

    • The Trauma Informed Care Clinical Group is a subcommittee of the COACT Colorado System of Care, an initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative is housed within the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, in partnership with the Office of Children, Youth and Families. The Trauma Informed Care Clinical Group is comprised of licensed mental health professionals with extensive experience serving at-risk children and families. The group provides free consultation to organizations serving children and families who have experienced trauma.

Colorado Association of School Executives

  • Crisis Resources, including tips for talking to students, staff, and families about a crisis, sample communications, helpful reports, and links to outside organizations.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)

  • CCASA promotes safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence. Provides research, resources, and training to enable Colorado communities to believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.

  • Teen Toolkit: Resources Regarding Consent, Confidentiality, Access, and Service Provision for Victims of Sexual Violence Who are Minors

    • This Toolkit, published in 2013, is designed to help Colorado victim advocates, case managers, guidance counselors, educators, medical providers and youth-serving professionals determine the most effective responses for working with survivors of sexual assault/abuse who are teenagers. In some situations, it may be appropriate to share this Toolkit with teens. This Toolkit is not a substitute for legal advice, but rather should be used to provide guidelines while informing agency policies around advocacy, counseling, and medical services for minors as it relates to sexual violence or sexual abuse.

    • Because of the startling prevalence of sexual assault and abuse within the teenage demographic, it is imperative that all youth-serving professionals are able to recognize, respond compassionately, and refer these cases to the appropriate services.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

  • Colorado Flood Resources

    • The Colorado Department of Education compiled information to help school districts and families who have been impacted by the flooding across the state. These resources are intended to help with educational issues associated with natural disasters and to provide information on emergency community assistance.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)

Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS)

  • Colorado Crisis Services Hotline

    • The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has created a short video explaining what to expect when reaching out to the Colorado Crisis Services hotline via text. The video is intended for youth audiences, but is a useful resource for anyone wondering what it is like when they text the word TALK to 38255. The short answer is that they will have a free and confidential conversation with a live, trained clinician who can provide support and resources no matter what the situation or time of day. We invite you to share the video with your networks.

  • Colorado 211 Service

    • Provides assistance in helping to find services to help people in need of support following a crisis or emergency

  • Colorado Crisis Support Services

    • Provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS)

    • This service was created by Senate Bill 13-266 - Coordinated Behavioral Health Crisis Response and launched in December 2014.

    • This initiative will create a foundation for the development of a comprehensive statewide behavioral health crisis care system for individuals, families, and communities.

      • It will improve access to the most appropriate resources and services as early as possible,

      • decrease the number of unnecessary involuntary civil commitments, utilization of hospital emergency departments, jails, prisons, and homeless programs for individuals experiencing a behavioral health emergency, and

      • promote recovery for the individual.

    • Statewide 24-Hour crisis + support line - Lines staffed by skilled professionals and peers to assess and make appropriate referrals to resources and treatment. 1.844.493.8255 (TALK)

    • Walk-in crisis services / crisis stabilization unit(s) - 24 hour Urgent care services with capacity for immediate clinical intervention, triage, stabilization, and connection to services.

    • Mobile crisis services - 24 hour Mobile crisis units with the ability to respond within one-hour in urban and two-hours in rural areas to a behavioral health crisis in the community for immediate clinical intervention, triage, stabilization, and connection to services.

    • Crisis Respite/Residential - A range of short-term crisis residential services (e.g. supervised apartments/houses, foster homes, and crisis stabilization services).

    • Statewide awareness campaign and communication - multi-media campaign/branding and communication to increase awareness of behavioral health illness and resources.

    • Information Sheet

Colorado Department of Public Safety/ Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Crisis Management Institute

Disaster Assistance.gov

  • Apply for federal resources to help recover and rebuild.

Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS)

Mental Health First Aid Colorado

  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado is a statewide, public education program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.

  • Mental Health First Aid training is for everybody, especially people who have a lot of contact with the general public - they are the most likely to encounter people who are suffering from emotional health problems. It's particularly helpful to police officers, primary care workers, teachers, faith communities, community leaders, human resource professionals, friends and family of people with mental illness or addiction.

  • Mental Health First Aid Colorado teaches caring Colorado citizens how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.

  • Find a Class

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

    • The Mental Health First Aid USA Youth Curriculum is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly - teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Resource Guide,

    • Mental Health First Aid Colorado has complied a resource guide surrounding the intersection of mental health and schools/youth development organizations.

    • Launched in 2014

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTS)

  • Back to School Resources: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    • Resources created to highlight issues related to trauma, to explain how trauma can affect children and adolescents, and to help schools support students and families who have been impacted by trauma.

    • The materials range from basic informational fact sheets to webinars describing interventions for trauma in schools. They cover a variety of trauma types, and, are applicable for youth from the preschool to high school years.

  • Care Process Model for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

    • CPM is a brief screening and response protocol guiding the identification of, and response to, traumatic stress in children seen in healthcare and other pediatric settings, such as primary care clinics and Children’s Advocacy Centers. CPM uses several different tools to look for trauma exposure (recent and remote events), suicidality and self-harm, and traumatic stress symptoms.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

  • Psychological First Aid for Children & Parents

    • This Listen, Protect, Connect is a 16 page booklet that helps frame an approach to helping parents and children in times of disaster or emergencies. Produced in partnership with www.ready.gov,and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the University of California Los Angeles, School of Public Health and Disasters and Health and Media Research Group.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Crisis Resources

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

  • Created to promote an appreciation of the role schools can serve to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss and to link efforts to provide trauma-related and bereavement support services within school settings.

  • Serves as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, communities, children's groups and projects in the areas of crisis and loss.

  • Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff Member

National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH)

  • The National Center on Family Homelessness is the nation's foremost authority on family homelessness. We conduct state-of-the-art research and develop innovative solutions to end family homelessness in America and give every child a chance.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) | en Español

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Indian Health Board

  • NIHB Launches Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Hub

    • The National Indian Health Board, in collaboration with CDC, has launched a new resource hub! Many Tribal individuals, families, and communities have been impacted by childhood experiences causing physical and mental health adversities throughout the lifespan. However, with understanding and effort, individuals and communities can confront Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) for positive health outcomes. This information hub, launched by the National Indian Health Board includes a "resource basket" designed for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals, families, communities, professionals, and leaders to rummage through, harvesting resources. This Hub can assist Tribes to learn more about ACEs, research, tools, and interventions.

    • Visit the ACES hub here.

Optum Health | en Español

Psychological First Aid for Students & Teachers

  • This Listen, Protect, Connect - Model & Teach is a 16 page booklet that helps frame an approach to helping students in times of disaster, school crisis, or emergencies. Produced in partnership with www.ready.gov and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

RAND Corporation

  • Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)

    • Developed by the RAND Corporation in 2009

    • Exposure to community and interpersonal violence is a public health crisis that adversely affects many children in American communities. After witnessing or experiencing trauma, many children experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and poor school performance. The Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) program is a series of ten lessons whose structured approach aims to reduce distress resulting from exposure to trauma. Designed to be implemented by teachers or school counselors in groups of 8‚Äì10 middle school students, the program includes a wide variety of skill-building techniques geared toward changing maladaptive thoughts and promoting positive behaviors. It is also intended to increase levels of peer and parent support for affected students.


Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center - U.S. Department of Education

  • The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools and school districts in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans. The Center disseminates information about emergency management to help school districts learn more about developing, implementing, and evaluating crisis plans.

  • The REMS TA center provides these downloadable specialized training packages which feature self-paced emergency management training materials to support high-quality emergency management across a range of special topics. School emergency managers may use these materials to train their colleagues or to brush up on their own knowledge regarding special topics in school emergency management. Each package includes training instructions, a Powerpoint presentation, and supplemental resources. Tabletop exercises are also included with some packages.

Sesame Street

  • Sesame Street provides resources for families with young children.

  • Emergencies

    • Hurricanes, storms, and other natural disasters can be difficult for young children who may not fully understand what's going on around them. These tips, activities, and videos can help them feel safe, cope with emotions, and understand that there is hope for the future.

  • Grief

    • Grief is complex, it encompasses a wide range of emotions that can come and go in waves. Use these tips, videos, children's story, and guide to help your family communicate with one another, express emotions, and begin the process of moving forward. You are not alone. And with time, you and your family will experience new happy moments together.

  • Toolkit

    • When Families Grieve presents families' personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Treatment and Services Adaptation Center

  • The Treatment and Services Adaptation Center website is supported by a team of clinicians, researchers, and educators who are respected authorities in the areas of school trauma and crisis response and come from the RAND Corporation, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

  • This site contains tips and resources for parents and educators to support students who have experienced trauma and help improve outcomes for both youth and adults.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

    • Mental health professionals are essential to supporting students exposed to traumatic stress. Access information to help clinicians better support traumatized students, including CBITS, an evidence-based intervention for traumatized students.

  • Psychological First Aid: Listen, Protect & Connect (PFA: LPC)

    • A trauma-informed school provides a network of support for students experiencing daily stressors or extreme events. Review the key components of a trauma-informed school, including PFA - LPC, a crisis response strategy.

  • Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)

    • Educators are often the first line of defense for students coping with traumatic events. Access information to better support students, including SSET, an evidence-based intervention for school staff to help students exposed to traumatic events.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Justice




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