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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4Trauma Training Toolkit

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) recently released the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, a resource that gives child welfare workers the basic knowledge, skills, and values they need when working with children in the child welfare system who have experienced traumatic stress. It also helps workers use this knowledge to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them and their biological and resource families. Topics addressed in the training include:

  • Types of traumatic stress
  • Prevalence of traumatic stress among children in the child welfare system
  • Impact of trauma on children
  • Nine essential elements of trauma-informed child welfare practice
  • Collaboration with trauma-informed providers

The website offers a variety of resources to be used in conjunction with the toolkit, including a complete trainer's guide, PowerPoint presentation slides, numerous supplemental handouts, and an audio file of a child's 911 emergency call to be used in a training activity.