Governmental Links

Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy is led by a team of individuals who have dedicated their careers to ensuring that our Nation is providing its Service members with the proper resources to recover, rehabilitate, and reintegrate or transition to civilian life post-wound, illness, or injury

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI) mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals on local, national and international levels by sharing and disseminating vital information, improving collaborations and networking, conducting research and trainings, assisting with direct professional services, program evaluation, and consulting to promote violence-free living. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities

National Center for PTSD is committed to improve the care of Veterans through research into the prevention, causes, assessment and treatment of traumatic stress disorders and education of Veterans; others affected by trauma; professionals; and policymakers

National Institute for Mental Health provides comprehensive information about PTSD to include signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) channels funding for victim compensation and assistance throughout the United States, raises awareness about victims’ issues, promotes compliance with victims’ rights laws, and provides training and technical assistance and publications and products to victim assistance professionals.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides information on six key principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions, addresses trauma’s consequences and suggestions to facilitate healing

The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute provides clinical services, offers training, consultation, and educational programming for post-graduate mental health professionals. Our Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies has state-of-the-art seminars, lectures and supervision groups

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America's Armed Forces

Non-Governmental Organizations

AddictionCenter.com provides information for people suffering from PTSD who self-medicate with drugs and alcohol

Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to the mitigation of disabling stress and the fight against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Emergency Service Workers and Communities that have been involved in or exposed to traumatic events

Coping with Disaster provides suggestions for helping children with cognitive disabilities following disasters

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster

DrugRehab.com provides information and a Resource Guide on PTSD and addiction and how the two can co-occur

Gift From Within is a non-profit organization with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) information and healing resources (articles, ptsd videos and dvds, poetry, art, stories, webcasts,) for people suffering from traumatic events like child abuse, accidents, natural disasters, and sexual assault

Green Cross Academy of Traumatology is an international, humanitarian assistance, non-profit corporation, established in 1997 to bring together world leaders in the study of traumatology for the purpose of establishing and maintaining professionalism and high standards in the care of trauma victims and responders throughout the world.

The H.U.G.S. Program addresses the needs of traumatized and bereaved students who are socially and educationally struggling. For more information contact Christine Dernederlanden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) mission is to provide leadership, education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to the emergency response professions, other organizations, and communities worldwide. 

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress

National Child Traumatic Stress Network mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States

National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) is a national network of disaster interfaith organizations working together to reduce disaster-caused human suffering through the exchange of information and cooperative support

National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis

PTSD Recovery Meetup Groups provides locations of PTSD Recovery Meetups

Recall Report is a leading online recall aggregator with emphasis on mental health and prescription drugs

Screening for PTSD provides an online questionnaire that identifies the various symptoms of PTSD

The Sidran Foundation helps people understand, manage, and treat trauma and dissociation

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) is a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted individuals and communities.

Traumatic Incident Reduction Association is an International Association of practitioners using TIR and related techniques (TIRA)

Tuck discusses the relationship between trauma and sleep

Understanding PTSD provides general resources for PTSD and offers links for veterans

Printed/Media Materials

-Apps for Smart Phones

eCBT Trauma - This ambitious prolonged exposure app allows end users to assess their PTS symptoms, learn relaxation and grounding practices, identify and log their thoughts and feelings, challenge their assumptions and reduce the emotional charge of triggers through progressive exposure exercises. That’s a lot to expect from an app, being as how a lot of prolonged exposure recipients bail on a live therapist, but even if people only do the relaxation and grounding aspects, they’ll be ahead of the game. It also provides access to directories for finding local therapists, support groups and educational information on PTS.

PTSD Coach - (The National Center for PTSD App) This is a pretty comprehensive, well designed, free app that allows users to pre-select friends & support networks; favorite, calming pictures and music. It offers info about PTS; a self-assessment tool; guided techniques, suggestions for managing symptoms and a place to find resources. The heart of this app is of course the symptom management. It randomly shuffles a breathing exercise; progressive relaxation; some plain but decent ‘positive imagery’; a cognitive behavioral intervention called RID; and quite a few suggestions for distraction, grounding and changing attitude/perspective. Altogether, this is a pretty complex and sophisticated app that offers a lot of strong interventions in a fairly simple, user-friendly way. The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma.

PTSD Eraser - This app is a simple guided meditation using deep breathing, locating where stress is held in the body, and imagining blocked energy releasing and flowing again. It’s really a simple audio intervention with no interactivity, but it’s decent, non-emotional imagery that won’t trigger unwanted reactions from the listener. See more at

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response Mobile App (Free)
Offers first responders immediate access to field resources for aiding disaster survivors. Has the ability to search for and map behavioral health service providers in the impacted area, review emergency preparedness materials, and send resources to colleagues.

SAMHSA Disaster Recovery Kit - (Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Resource) Arms disaster recovery workers with a toolkit on mental health awareness. Includes materials for responding effectively to the general public during and after a disaster and in dealing with workplace stress. Also includes materials for the general public. Access the Disaster Kit right on your smartphone with the award-winning SAMHSA Disaster App. Learn more and download the app

T-2 Mood Tracker - This app encourages better self-attunement and connecting with feelings by allowing end-users to rate their moods, track and graph their results over time, and send or save status reports on: • PTS

-Articles

 

Support and Resources for Shooting Victims In Lafayette, LA and Other Traumatic Incidents offers resources for assistance and recovery for survivors

-Books

No Open Wounds - Heal Traumatic Stress NOW by Dr. Robert L. Bray, Ph.D. discusses complete recovery with Thought Field Therapy and can be purchased via Dr. Bray’s website

The Art of Grieving the Death of a Child by David Labrum and Judy Jones features stories of people grieving the death of a child

The Wounded Yellow Butterfly by Linda Diaz, LPC, CTS is a resource for children who have experienced a loss: and can be purchased via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice -- Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body by Miriam Taylor weaves together neuroscience research and the experience of trauma, taking a fresh look at how original Gestalt theory informs our current understanding of trauma therapy:  / EBook ISBN: 978-0-335-26310-3

Walk the Talk First Responder Peer Support - A Boots on the Ground Peer and Trauma Support Systems Guide by Staff Sergeant (Retired) Brad McKay, CTSS and Staff Sergeant (Retired) Sylvio A. Gravel, describes a step-by-step approach to a boots on the ground peer support and wellness system for organizations:  / ISBN#9780988131668

-Manuals

New York Disaster Interfaith Services is a comprehensive resource tool designed to enable NYC religious leaders to best serve their congregations and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters

Healing after trauma skills (H.A.T.S.) is a manual for professionals, teachers, and families working with children after trauma and disasters / National Child Traumatic Stress Network: (NCTSN)

Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual provides a wide range of information on PTSD including causes and effects, traditional treatment, and non-traditional treatment

SAMHSA Disaster Kit arms disaster recovery workers with a toolkit on mental health awareness. Includes materials for responding effectively to the general public during and after a disaster

Spiritual Care and Mental Health for Disaster Response and Recovery provides information on disaster preparedness, response and resources

-Tip Sheets

Coping With Grief After Community Violence

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism

Support for Mass Shooting Victims in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma

Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma: R U A Survivor of a Disaster or Other Trauma?

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

-Tip Sheets / Resources for Spanish-Speaking Populations:

Consejos para Estudiantes Universitarios: Después de un Desastre u Otro Tipo de Trauma

Consejos para Sobrevivientes de un Desastre u Otro Evento Traumático: Manejo del Estrés

Sugerencias para Hablar con Niños y Jóvenes y Ayudarlos a Hacer Frente Después de un Desástre o un Evento Traumático: Una Guía para Padres, Cuidadores y Maestros

-Video/Documentary

6 Tips to Help Someone You Love with PTSD provides “hands on” tools for helping

Point of View - PBS Documentary on PTSD "Of Men and War" follows over the course of five years the men and their families on their grueling paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their past, their loved ones, and themselves: http://www.pbs.org/pov/ofmenandwar/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resilience provides information on how to prevent and manage trauma

PTSD Documentary addresses the possible causes, effects and potential treatment of PTSD told through the stories of three brave veterans

Uniformed Services Resources

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress develops and disseminates a wide range of educational resources that advance its expertise in military health and mental healthand disaster behavioral health

Military Veterans PTSD Reference Manual provides a wide range of information on PTSD including causes and effects, traditional treatment, and non-traditional treatment

National Center for PTSD is committed to improve the care of Veterans through research into the prevention, causes, assessment and treatment of traumatic stress disorders and education of Veterans; others affected by trauma; professionals; and policymakers

Point of View - PBS Documentary on PTSD "Of Men and War" follows over the course of five years the men and their families on their grueling paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their past, their loved ones, and themselves

PTSD Anonymous (PTSDA) is a concept for a peer-to-peer, mentor networking forum to discuss the everyday struggles of living with PTSD (TBI, MST, and other military related issues) and to explore possible solutions with others in a safe and caring environment

PTSD Documentary addresses the possible causes, effects and potential treatment of PTSD told through the stories of three brave veterans

PTSD Foundation of America mission is to combat PTSD, bring healing, raise awareness and network

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America's Armed Forces

Understanding PTSD provides general resources for PTSD and offers links for veterans

Walk the Talk First Responder Peer Support - A Boots on the Ground Peer and Trauma Support Systems Guide by Staff Sergeant (Retired) Brad McKay, CTSS and Staff Sergeant (Retired) Sylvio A. Gravel, describes a step-by-step approach to a boots on the ground peer support and wellness system for organizations:  / ISBN#9780988131668