Child and Adolescent Trauma Measures: A Review  – This manual includes information about 36 trauma assessment tools. The following free tools are included (contact information is given for those tools that must be purchased):

  • Adolescent Dissociate Experiences Scale-II
  • Childhood Trauma Questionnaire
  • Child Dissociative Checklist
  • Child PTSD Symptom Scale
  • Child’s Reaction to Traumatic Events Scale
  • Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale For Children and Adolescents
  • Lifetime Incidence of Traumatic Events
  • Los Angeles Symptoms Checklist
  • Pediatric Emotional Distress Scale
  • Survey of Exposure to Community Violence
  • Traumatic Events Screening Inventory

The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Response in Childhood -This document is included in the appendix of the Faculty Facilitator Manual.


ACES Study – “The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego” (CDC).
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) list of publications (CDC).
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)- Response website being developed to “mobilize comprehensive responses to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) across the lifespan in order to prevent ACEs and their consequences” (ACE Response).

Anda, R. (2007) The Health and Social Impact of Growing Up with Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Human and Economic Cost of the Status Quo. A report of key findings by the Co-Principal Investigator of the study.
Comprehensive ACES information website (Health Presentations)

Trauma in Young Children: A Huge Problem Hiding in Plain Sight And How You Can Help

Council on Social Work Education
Advanced Social Work Practice in Trauma (CSWE)

Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (PILOTS) – database of the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

Helping Children Cope with Disaster
Catastrophic Mass Violence Resources
Natural Disaster Resources (NCTSN)
Psychological First Aid (NCTSN) – for all ages
Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S)
Resources for School Personnel (NCTSN)

Self-Care and Secondary Traumatic Stress
Volk, K.T., Guarino K., Grandin M., and Clervil, R. (2008) What about you? A workbook for those who work with others. The National Center on Family Homelessness.
Secondary Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals (NCTSN)
Secondary traumatic stress and burnout resources for clinicians  compiled by the National Center

Trauma and Child Development
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles on Trauma and Child Development
How development influences post-traumatic stress response (NCTSN)
Lieberman and Knorr (2007). The impact of a trauma: a developmental framework for infancy and early childhood.  Psychiatric Annals 37:6, 416-423.

Problem-Based Learning in the Social Work Classroom: Application to Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma (NCTSN)


Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma
Social Work Research Network
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD


National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center Web course Brochure

* This website is oriented to the professional public and students. If you are looking for a list of clinical services in your area, please click here to view a list of hotlines and resources available on the NCTSN site.