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Children and Teenagers

These links offer information specific to children and teenagers dealing with trauma.

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)*
    AACAP promotes the healthy development of children, adolescents and families through advocacy, education and research. This non-profit works to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.
  • The Child Trauma Academy*
    The mission of the Academy is to help improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children and their families through education.
  • Childhood Violent Trauma Center (CVTC)*
    The multidisciplinary CVTC team works to combine direct clinical experience with advances in scientific and practical knowledge that translates into the development of interventions for traumatized children and families.
  • Military Families Near and Far*
    This free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website offers military families resources and tools to create, communicate, and stay connected using art, videos, music and more. Military Families Near and Far is also available as a mobile application (mobile app).
  • Military OneSource
    This secure Department of Defense (DoD) website provides comprehensive information on every aspect of military life, at no cost. Includes an Installation Program Directory to find a local Youth Programs/Centers and offers in-depth information for parents on child development and military family life.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)*
    The NCTSN was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children, their families and communities by raising public awareness of child traumatic stress and advancing collaboration between service providers in the field.
  • The National Guard Family Program*
    This Program exists to support and educate families along the entire path of their National Guard life. There are services available in each state which can be accessed using the Family Assistance Centers (FAC) locator. Age-appropriate activities and support services are offered through the Child and Youth Program (CYP).
  • The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children*
    TLC's mission is to provide services to traumatized children and families and to provide specific intervention programs and resource materials to professions that help children, parents, families, and schools thrive.
  • NIMH: Helping Children & Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
    The National Institute of Mental Health website is designed to help parents and caregivers support young people working to avoid or overcome emotional problems in the wake of violence or disaster.
  • Sesame Street's Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes*
    The Sesame Workshop initiative is designed to help children of military families through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. Videos, storybooks, and a bilingual (English and Spanish) workbook are available to guide families.
  • TF-CBTWeb: Course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for abused and traumatized children*
    TF-CBTWeb, is a site for web-based learning of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who experience emotional and behavioral difficulties after traumatic events. This website complements other methods of clinical learning and includes specific step-by-step instructions for each therapy procedure.
  • UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund)*
    This site contains a description of UNICEF's relief response and links to relevant articles. 1-800-4UNICEF (1-800-486-4233).
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