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Trauma-Informed Resource Bank
For Children, Youth, and Adolescents
Primary/ Junior (Elementary Age)
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family (Book)
Written by former Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, this book reminds young readers that their diversity should be celebrated and empowers readers to embrace their culture and heritage through a beautiful message about inclusivity and self-acceptance.
Hair Love (Short Film)
Matthew A. Cherry’s short film Hair Love follows the story of an African American father struggling to style his daughter's hair for the first time. Hair Love is relatable, moving, and empowering. Not only does this short film tell a moving story portraying the family of a cancer patient, but it also challenges societal standards of beauty by fighting gender stereotypes and racism, teaching an important lesson about self-love.
Junior/ Intermediate (Middle School Age):
Greene, Constance C. (1976). Beat the Turtle Drum. New York: Viking Press.
This book tells a coming-of-age story about grief and loss, following Kate as she deals with tragedy and finds a way for her loving memories and painful loss to coexist.
Senior (High School Age):
Wilson, Jacqueline (2002). Dustbin Baby. Corgi Children’s ISBN: 978-0552547963 (Also on audiocassette)
Dustbin Baby is a book that covers real and important issues about a teenager on a search to discover the truth about her biological family, after growing up moving through the foster system.
Blume, Judy. (1987). Tiger Eyes. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press.
Written by Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes is a young adult novel about a 15-year-old girl, coping with unexpected loss after her father’s death. (Trigger warning—this book is deals with topics suggesting violence, drinking and depression)
Adults Seeking Support/ Parents/ Guardians/ Support Networks
Healing in Action: A Toolkit for Black Lives Matter, Healing Justice & Direct Action
This toolkit offers anti-racist programs, lessons, and exercises to vision change and creates transformative action within the BLM community. It provides resources, group work, and individual practice for preparing for action, during an action, and following action to promote restoration, resilience, and guidance for active citizenship.
Parenting After Trauma: Understanding Your Child’s Needs: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents
This guide outlines some of the trauma that adopted of foster children carry with them and offers information about early trauma to help parents and guardians support their children through early adverse and traumatic experiences. It outlines the effects of trauma, remembering, and triggers, and learning to trust to contribute to healthy childhood development, fostering strong and united networks of support.
Trauma-Informed Lens By Matthew Bennet
This podcast challenges traditional views and approaches to education, social work, psychology, and public health by exploring common practice through trauma-informed paradigms, revolutionizing the contemporary delivery of care and support.
The Trauma Therapist: By Dr. Guy Macpherson
A podcast about the human spirit, featuring interviews of leaders in fields of trauma, mindfulness, addiction, and yoga to support people impacted by trauma and lead them towards healing victims’ mental health.
An archive full of information about gender-neutral person pronouns and gender diversity aimed at revolutionizing gender language and supporting people gender non-binary, and/ or transgender, and/ or gender non-conforming people to meet their gender-related needs.
An educational webpage offering information, resources, and perspective for caregivers of children, teens, and young adults who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood experiences and offers a platform for education and connection from a psychosocial perspective.
This website composes another resource bank for caregivers to understand the impacts of trauma on their loved ones, preparing caregivers to help children and youth cope and recover safely.
This website offers training and resources to support children who have experienced complex trauma, such as grief, abuse, neglect, and PTSD from a trauma-informed approach.
A comprehensive list of resources and helplines by province for victims experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) violence
Teaching about Gender Diversity Teacher Tested Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms- Susan W. Woolley & Lee Airton
Written by teachers for teachers, this tested book includes a multitude of interdisciplinary lesson plans for K-12 classrooms with a practice-based, guided approach for using gender-inclusive language and supporting the needs of LGBTQ+ students in our classrooms.
Intersectional Allies: We Make Room for All- By Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council and Carolyn Choi (Book)
Intersectional Allies is a celebration of solidarity, allyship, and community, and is a welcoming resource for conversations about equity, social justice, and social position. The story unveils a group of interconnected characters, their intersectionality, and different backgrounds. When times become challenging, the characters support each other and work as activists to navigate the complex world around them and in response, celebrate their diversity.
Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom- Kristen Souers and Pete Hall
Grounded in research, this book offers content for all ages and grade levels to cultivate a trauma-sensitive environment. This book is a great resource for teachers to create a safe space, build strong relationships and adopt a strengths-based approach to difficult student behaviours, and helps understand the roots of the problems. Moreover, the book offers strategies for self-care to reduce compassion fatigue and remain professionally effective. Through providing a series of exercises, reflections, resources, and ideas, this book will help teachers seek solutions that enable students to grow and thrive.
#Talk About Trayvon: A Toolkit for White People
These resources are primarily targeted to the rise of the social media age and our response to political tensions, police brutality, and digital anti-racist activism. This platform may offer strategies to educate youth and young adults who are active on social media about appropriate engagement and meaningful anti-racist discourse with guidance from the Black Lives Matter movement.
This site includes numerous trauma-informed resources for students and teachers to provide support when a crisis occurs. The collection offers resources for social, emotional learning, mental health awareness, tragedy, violence, and grief.
The Center for Youth Wellness opens a conversation about adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) as a foundation for long-term toxic stress, health implications, and behavioural issues. ACES are adverse childhood experiences, including abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. ACEs are closely related to a lot of health problems. Cumulative ACEs have strong correlations to health over time and through life trajectory. It’s important for teachers to be aware of ACEs because they can affect social, emotional, and cognitive impairment disrupted neurodevelopment, health-risk behaviours, disease, disability, and social problems, and early death. As teachers, we can create interventions to build resilience, trust, self-efficacy, and growth mindset to support the individual student. One way to support “at-risk” students is by adopting a strengths-based perspective and demonstrate sensitivity to the challenging issues they may be facing.
Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre Adverse Childhood Events Study https://trauma-informed.ca/adverse-childhood-events-study/
The ACE study conducted in 1998 determines links between childhood stressors and health issues later in adult life. It covers the categories of emotional, physical, and or sexual abuse, emotional or physical neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, household disfunction, divorce, incarceration, and violence. This study became the foundation of the Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre which aims to develop strategies to better meet the needs of people who have been affected by trauma. They offer numerous resources on trauma recovery, traumatic grief, trauma-informed practice, training, and trauma identification. As teachers, we can include culturally relevant pedagogy to reflect students who have ACEs within the curriculum and make lessons accessible and attainable for students to relate and understand. We all play an instrumental role in creating safe and caring schools and supporting “at-risk” children and youth to drive the success of these students and carve a healthier trajectory for student well-being.
The Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools offers a great bank of downloads, videos, resources, and education about trauma and learning. They believe that promoting trauma-informed school systems with prevention and early learning strategies is a large component of creating supportive and nurturing school environments. All contributors are certified clinicians, researchers, and educators who are knowledgeable about school trauma and crisis response.
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