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Click herePDF Download for a four-page guide, Risk and Protective Factors for Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Across the Life Cycle. This guide offers risk and protective factors for infancy and early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Designed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, with source data from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, this document is easy to read and serves as an informative benchcard.

Click here to watch this newly released video from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota. This video features experts discussing resiliency in young children and highlights the importance of healthy relationships to heal from trauma and toxic stress.

Quick link for child development milestones and red flags, and common traumatic stress reactions. Years birth to 5PDF Download. Years 6 to 12PDF Download. Years 13 to 18PDF Download.

Report helps police protect kids while arresting their parents: How to minimize the trauma for young children who witness their parents’ arrests.

From Children Beyond Dispute: Twenty questionsPDF Download when hearing dissolution of marriage cases involving families with very young children. 

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court, a guide for understanding what a court trauma consultation is, assessing readiness for a consultation, and preparing for a trauma consultation.

Florida now has its own trauma and toxic stress website, a state clearinghouse for trauma information and resources. Check out

The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Futures Without Violence, and the Ad Council have developed a new website, Changing Minds, to raise awareness about what brain science tells us regarding the impact of childhood trauma. The website also includes practical age-related tips for how to help children overcome the negative effects of trauma. The website details five healing gestures: celebrate, comfort, collaborate, listen, and inspire.

Click here to see Dr. Vincent Felitti’s keynote presentation at the Creating Trauma Informed Systems in Florida Think Tank in Naples, Florida.  Dr. Felitti was a co-principal investigator in the landmark epidemiological Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.

An exciting new website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a free library of photos and videos that illustrate developmental milestones. This resource, entitled Milestones in Action, provides information for children age two months through five years.


Trauma Curriculum: Moving Toward a Trauma-Responsive Court

In addition to the Trauma and Child Development Tool Kit, and as a part of the trauma-responsive court initiative, the Office of Court Improvement has developed a curriculum for a 3-hour, interactive, multidisciplinary workshop, found here.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This link provides information on what is meant by a “trauma-informed approach” and lists well-known trauma-specific interventions.

The Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers
This webpage displays a map of Florida and identifies the Children’s Advocacy Centers by county. A Children’s Advocacy Center is a community-based, child-focused facility where children alleged to be victims of abuse or neglect are interviewed and receive medical exams, therapy, and other critical services in a non-threatening and child friendly environment.

Children Who Have Been Traumatized: One Court’s ResponsePDF Download
This 2008 article, published in the Juvenile and Family Court Journal, and authored by Judge Michael L. Howard and Robin R. Tener, outlines how one Ohio court assisted with increasing trauma awareness and served as a community convener to promote evidence-based treatment for trauma victims.

Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy
The Center's website offers information on infant mental health, quality child care, and child welfare (including Baby Court/Early Childhood Court Initiative resources).

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child
This website offers information regarding the key concepts related to brain development (brain architecture, serve and return, toxic stress, executive function) and a listing of listing of multimedia, reports, briefs, and working paper resources.

The Brain Architecture Game
This tabletop board game experience was designed to engage policymakers, community and business leaders, health and education service providers, and government officials in understanding the science of early brain development—what promotes it, what derails it, and what are the consequences for society.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ACE Study Site
This website offers general information about the study, related links, and major findings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Child Development Site
This site offers general information on development, milestones, and developmental screening. It also hosts positive parenting tips, research, scientific articles, and information on children’s mental health.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This site offers information about different types of trauma, resources, various trauma topics, trauma curricula, and evidence-based treatment fact sheets. The network also provides a monthly electronic bulletin featuring the latest research and upcoming events.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
This link provides trauma principles, definitions, resources, and tools for judges.

The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
This website's resource section has links to the 42 certified domestic violence centers around the state if judges need to make referrals to the domestic violence center in their area. Every center offers free counseling and other programs for children exposed to domestic violence. The programs are available for children residing in the shelter and on an outreach basis for children not residing in shelter.

Aces Too High
This site provides trauma-related information in a variety of categories and features trauma-related work from across the country.

CASA, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, Trauma Edition
This 2015 edition of the newsletter from the Court Appointed Special Advocates provides a series of trauma-related articles authored by several judges, including Judge Lynn Tepper from Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit.

National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
This center features trainings, webinars, and resources.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Published in July 2014, this document presents key assumptions and principles for a trauma-informed approach and provides guidance for implementing such an approach. 

 Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery
These guidelines, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and authored by Dr. Cathy Kezelman and Dr. Pam Stavropoulos, describe new ways of conceptualizing and responding to trauma both in clinical practice and in human service settings.

American Institutes for Research: Trauma-Informed Care
This website provides comprehensive information about trauma-informed care, including a series of webinars that address the impact of trauma on veterans.