This information was originally published on the website of the Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support. Reproduced by permission of Casey Family Programs.
Since September 11, 2001 we have had to learn more about
trauma and post- traumatic stress than we ever believed would
be necessary on a national scale. Citizens of the entire world,
including children, witnessed destructive acts that have caused
stress and fear. Some of those who have had previous experiences
with violence, which may include victims of child abuse and
domestic violence, may be experiencing post traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). Experts expect that, as time goes on, many
more individuals may have PTSD symptoms.
We have put together this list of a few of the many resources
available as a reference to use now and in the weeks and months
to come, as adults and children react to these events each
in their own way and according to their own emotional timetables.
We expect that additional resources will continue to be developed
and made available through a variety of media, and encourage
anyone using this resource list to consider it a starting
point to locate more current information as it is written
Talking with Children and Responding to Their Needs
This extensive online resource contains sections on:
- Being Prepared: Before a Crisis
- Being Responsive: During a Crisis
- Being Diligent: Moving Beyond Crisis
- Hands-on Assistance: Tools for Educators
Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Crisis Resources
The NASP has provided a number of resources that offer
useful information on what to look for in children,
what to say, and how adults can help. Topics include
9/11 anniversary, war/terrorism, suicide, natural disasters, trauma, and general crisis materials.
with Kids about Tough Issues
This campaign from the Kaiser Family Foundation and
Children Now has added information on talking about
terrorism to its existing materials on sex, violence,
HIV/AIDS, drugs, and alcohol.
This organization, whose mission "is to provide
safety planning and disaster response and recovery support
to individuals and small-to-midsize businesses,"
was focused on natural and man-made disasters. They
responded to the attacks of September 11 by providing
information specific to the needs of children, including
recognizing stress in children, outreach for children,
strategies for parents and teachers, the benefits of
play, and age-specific interventions.
Psychological Association (APA)
The APA offers Reactions And Guidelines For Children
Following Trauma/ Disaster, which provides information
about reactions that may be seen in elementary, middle
school, and high school students as well as guidelines
for both teachers and parents of children in each of
these age groups. Their website also contains other
useful resources on trauma, stress, and coping with
Responding to Your Own Needs and Those
of Other Adults
Some of the sources listed above also contain information
about stress and trauma reactions in adults. See in particular
the website of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Additional resources are available from:
Rejecting Hatred And Promoting Tolerance
Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress
The National Mental Health Information Center of the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers
a variety of online resources, including tips for talking
about disasters with both children and adults, a mental
health services locator, and links to information available
from other government offices.
Mental Health: Dealing with the Aftereffects of Terrorism
The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) offers an extensive list of materials for professionals
working with disaster victims as well as information
for the general public. Other categories of people addressed
include veterans, victims of trauma, clinicians, researchers,
students, journalists, family members of those struggling
with PTSD, and policy makers.
Educate yourself and children to prevent a backlash
of hatred against innocent individuals.
Last Updated 03/05/05