Thursday, June 16, 2016

Trauma-informed care and practice resources for adults

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice 

To provide trauma-informed care to children, youth, and families involved with child welfare, professionals must understand the impact of trauma on child development and learn how to effectively minimize its effects without causing additional trauma (Child Welfare Information Gateway).

Below are resources that are helpful to support the development of trauma-informed practices and provide helpers with opportunities to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in supporting adults coping with trauma. I will be providing a separate post for trauma-related resources for children and youth.


Trauma-informed Practice Guide (2013). Retrieved from:
  • The Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Guide and TIP Organizational Checklist are intended to support the translation of trauma-informed principles into practice. Included are concrete strategies to guide the professional work of practitioners assisting clients with mental health and substance use (MHSU) concerns in British Columbia. 
Authors: Emily Arthur, Amanda Seymour, Michelle Dartnall, Paula Beltgens, Nancy Poole, Diane Smylie, Naomi North, and Rose Schmidt
Initial draft authors: Cristine Urquhart and Fran Jasiura of Change Talk Associates
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; BC Ministry of Health, Mental Health and Substance Use Branch; and Vancouver Isl
and Health Authority, Youth and Family Substance Use Services, 2013.

Trauma-informed: The Trauma Toolkit Second Edition (2013). Klinic Community Health Centre (Manitoba). Retrieved from:
  • A resource for service organizations and providers to deliver services that are trauma-informed
Trauma-informed Approaches in Addictions Treatment (2010). Retrieved from:

  • A discussion guide to gendering the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and Substances in Canada. Identifies Canadian examples of promising practices in action. Lists discussion questions on providing integrated approaches.

Authors: British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010.

United States

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse 

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