Trauma In-service Materials


Good Morning Monster, a non-fiction work by Catherine Gildiner 

Catherine Gildiner is a bestselling memoirist, a novelist, and a psychologist in private practice for twenty-five years. In Good Morning, Monster, she focuses on five patients who overcame enormous trauma--people she considers heroes.

The five cases include... a young woman whose father abandoned her and her siblings in a rural cottage; a young woman whose abuse at the hands of her father led to a severe personality disorder; and a glamorous workaholic whose negligent mother had greeted her each morning with "Good morning, Monster."

Each patient presents a mystery, one that will only be unpacked over years. They seek Gildiner's help to overcome an immediate challenge in their lives, but discover that the source of their suffering has been long buried. It will take courage to face those realities, and creativity and resourcefulness from their therapist.


Dear Child, a work of fiction that deals with trauma, by Romy Hausman

In “Dear Child,” Romy Hausmann explores the aftermath of an abduction. Her debut is equal parts mystery, thriller and family story. 


But the overall experience is as enthralling as it is thought-provoking. Hausmann creates a dark solar system studded with twinkling stars: parents who won’t give up hope, children trying to make sense of an unfathomable situation, neighbors watching out for one another and an estranged friend who not only shows up but stays. At the core of “Dear Child” is the constant hope that characters will be drawn back to people who mean the most to them, no matter how far apart they’ve been pulled. 


CCEH Webinar: Rights of and Resources for the Most Vulnerable Populations

Webinar from Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) 

Being a victim of a crime is a highly traumatic experience that can devastate every aspect of one's life. Often times people do not know their rights or where to go for help. The Victim Rights Center of Connecticut (VRCCT) will be joining us for this webinar to discuss legal rights, fighting discrimination, and resources around housing, employment, education and benefits that are often disrupted following a crime.

Webinar Slides


CAC In-Service Webinar on Intimate Partner Violence

Materials from CAC's in-service webinar on Intimate Partner Violence Training hosted by the Center for Family Justice:

  • Powerpoint Presentation: HPO CCADV IPV & Children (June20) Training Institute pdf

  • CCADV Safe Connect COVID-19 HPO Awareness Toolkit

  • CCADV_Statewide Map 2016

  • HPO Preventive Medicine Service Codes

  • LAP Screen Form (English)

  • CCADV Safe Connect COVID-19 8.5x11 poster English

  • CCADV Safe Connect COVID-19 8.5x11 poster Spanish

About The Center for Family Justice (CFJ):
The Center for Family Justice provides free and confidential trauma-informed services and coordinates care for all victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and child abuse in six towns in Fairfield County, Connecticut: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull.


Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence: Screening and Interventions

Recording of 5/8/20 webinar from The Center for Family Justice: Intimate Partner Violence: Screening and Interventions


During this pandemic, victims and survivors of intimate partner violence are more isolated and at increased risk for abuse and violence. This webinar focused on the prevalence and dynamics of intimate partner violence and the best practices in effective screening and intervention. In addition, this training also provided screening tools and resources to strengthen interventions and support for victims and survivors.

About The Center for Family Justice (CFJ):
The Center for Family Justice provides free and confidential trauma-informed services and coordinates care for all victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and child abuse in six towns in Fairfield County, Connecticut: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull.


The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Development

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference, notes from session "The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Development" by Sufna John, PhD, Co-Director, Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma, Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Professor, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences



1. Recognize traumatic events and their current prevalence.

2. Understand the impact of traumatic events on childhood development across domains.

3. Reflect on the unique risk factors and needs of children with disabilities who have experienced trauma. 



How universal childhood trauma screenings could backfire

David Finkelhor, Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire

It is well established that child maltreatment and other childhood adversities are associated with poor outcomes later on in life.

As a result, many child advocates have embraced the idea that we should screen all children for adverse childhood experiences.

California is putting $45 million into such a plan. The notion is that if doctors and teachers can discover just who has suffered these harms, steps can be taken to forestall possible negative outcomes like mental illness, substance abuse and chronic diseases.

In principal, universal screening can be a tremendous tool to prevent harmful repercussions. But many experts on childhood adversities have concluded it is premature and problematic to start screening all children for traumatic experiences.


CDC: Childhood Trauma Is A Public Health Issue And We Can Do More To Prevent It

Health News article from NPR

Childhood trauma causes serious health repercussions throughout life and is a public health issue that calls for concerted prevention efforts. That's the takeaway of a report published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experiencing traumatic things as a child puts you at risk for lifelong health effects, according to a body of research. The CDC's new report confirms this, finding that Americans who had experienced adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, were at higher risk of dying from five of the top 10 leading causes of death.


The Impact of Trauma (facilitators guide) from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Powerpoint presentation from CAC's In-Service on 9/20/19 with Edward Ruiz from FCA.


Powerpoint presentation "The Impact of Trauma" (facilitators guide) which was produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. FCA uses Modules 1 thru 4 as part of the Foster Parent training curriculum for their Family & Community Ties Program; this powerpoint contains the slides from Module 1.


Road to Resilience Podcast: The Long Arm of Childhood Trauma



Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond, filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, discuss childhood trauma, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and healing. Mr. Hammond's experience with trauma, addiction, and recovery is explored in a new documentary film about the lifelong effects of childhood trauma called Cracked Up, directed and produced by Ms. Esrick. 


60 Minutes story by Oprah about trauma informed treatment

Treating childhood trauma

Oprah Winfrey reports on how trauma plays a role in childhood development and what new methods are being used to help kids who have experienced it.


PowerPoint Presentation from CAC's 2/9/18 in-service on PTSD 

PowerPoint Presentation from CAC's 2/9/18 in-service on PTSD by Kat Lee, MA, CCLS, RDT with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Center.

Related materials:

The CDC-Kaiser ACE Study: 

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.

"Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults," published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 1998, Volume 14, pages 245–258.


Treating the Lifelong Harm of Childhood Trauma

NYTimes Op-Ed by David Bornstein

Over the past decade, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, has emerged as one of the country’s strongest voices calling for a national public health campaign to raise awareness and a sense of urgency about the devastating and potentially lifelong health effects of childhood trauma.

Since the original research on adverse childhood experiences, known as the ACE Study, was published in 1998, a growing body of evidence has indicated that severe or prolonged levels of childhood adversity (often measured in terms of an “ACE score” ranging from 0 to 10) are far more common and harmful than has been appreciated. Dr. Burke Harris, a pediatrician, has led in developing methods to screen and treat children and families suffering health problems attributable to what is known as toxic stress.


An Issue Brief from the Tow Youth Justice Institute: Long term effects of Trauma on a Child's Development


Science has confirmed the damaging effects of trauma on a child's brain and the relevance and importance of good mental health. As a child's brain architecture is being built, early experiences and toxic environments are major determinants of the capacity of a child's later functioning. But as children grow, they encounter increasingly complex tasks and demands. Like the structure of a house, the brain needs to become functional in a variety of ways to accommodate new expectations and demands. The experiences and environments that adolescents have available to them become the building materials that allow them to adjust to new demands, to support new skills, and to become reliable members of society. Each year in the United States, more than 6 million referrals are made to the child welfare system and more than 600,000 of these children are determined to be substantiated victims of abuse or neglect.


Trauma May Have Fallout Over Generations

NYTimes article by Nicholas Bakalarnor

The daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders, a new study concludes.


Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth


This is a bulletin from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Studies indicate when children feel unsafe or threatened, their brain development may be negatively impacted with long-lasting effects on their learning ability as well as their social, emotional, and behavioral development. Additionally, their risk for developing mental health disorders such as depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others significantly increases. Child welfare professionals have an opportunity to identify this earlychildhood trauma—either chronic or acute—and respond with early intervention that can offset the negative consequences.


The Role Of Yoga In Healing Trauma


From NPRed

At first, 13-year-old Hart felt uncomfortable. But, gradually, she learned to use the poses and breathing to relax, and she loved it.

"Most of us [in juvenile hall] come from traumatic childhoods," she says. "It was the only time you experienced a quiet time, when everything was so chaotic." She believes the practice helped her cope with symptoms of bipolar disorder.

A new report from the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University's law school, says that for young women like Hart, who have been through trauma, there is mounting evidence that yoga can have specific benefits.


"Early intervention is the key:" Identifying trauma in young children

CT Mirror Article


The effort builds on work done in recent years to dramatically expand the availability of proven trauma treatment models to children and teens across the state. But much of that work has been focused on school-aged children, leaving gaps in the availability of services for children under 7, said Judith Meyers, president and CEO of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, which is leading the effort.

That’s in spite of significant needs. According to data from the Child Health and Development Institute, 44 percent of children aged 2 to 5 have experienced a potentially traumatic event such as physical or sexual abuse, violence, or the death of a loved one. Forty-nine percent of maltreated children in Connecticut are under 6. And because trauma can affect brain development, learning, relationships and health, young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects.


Book: A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold


The acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine shooters, about living in the aftermath of Columbine.


The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress has released the

Race and Trauma in the Classroom Factsheet


The factsheet is a result of collaborative effort among the Schools Committee, Justice Consortium, and Culture Consortium to address race and trauma in the classroom. This resource for educators is a tool that is particularly important at the outset of the school year and provides support for educators to address ongoing national conversations in a trauma-informed manner.


The IACP, Yale and the U.S. Department of Justice Launch Groundbreaking Toolkit for Law Enforcement to Help Children Recover from Exposure to Violence and Trauma


Recently, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center ("Yale"), in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) at the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, released the Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence: A Toolkit for Law Enforcement ("Toolkit") to address violence and victimization faced in homes, neighborhoods and communities around the country.  


Book: The Child Finder: A Novel by Rene Denfeld

A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.