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-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.

Help Kids Cope — This free mobile app provides information to help parents and other caregivers, teachers, counselors, and others to prepare for and talk about disasters with kids. The app features tips and checklists to help with disaster preparation; information about how children typically respond to disasters; and links to kids’ books, activities, and other resources. Developed by the NCTSN and other organizations, the app runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as Android devices.

PFA Mobile™ — Available free of charge and compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices, this app is designed to help responders with providing Psychological First Aid in disaster-affected communities. The app identifies the eight core PFA actions, helps responders use interventions appropriate for specific survivor reactions, and expedites assessment and referral of survivors.

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.

The SAMHSA Disaster App allows disaster behavioral health responders to navigate resources related to pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, and post-deployment resources. Users can also share resources from the app via text message or email and quickly identify local behavioral health

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

A Close Look at PTSD Among Aging Adults

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin Behavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Natural Disasters, September 2018

Sleep After Trauma

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

Understanding a Veteran with PTSD

-Books

35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child. The Dougy Center. The Dougy Center for the Grieving Child provides 35 practical suggestions for helping children, teens, and their families cope with the loss of a loved one in this short but valuable book.

Guiding your Child through Grief, by Mary Ann Emswiler. The New England Center for Loss and Transition offers expert advice to help a child grieve the death of a parent or sibling.

Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: a Guide for Grownups, by William Kroen. Age-specific advice detailing what children can understand.

How Do We Tell the Children? A Step by Step Guide for Helping Children Two to Ten Cope When Someone Dies, by Dan Schaeffer and Christine Lyons. A practical guide for anyone who works with children includes a “Crisis Checklist” with scripted answers to children’s frequently-asked questions.

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

Talking with Children about Loss -- Words, Strategies, and Wisdom to Help Children Cope with Death, Divorce, and other Difficult Times by Maria Trozzi.

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

When Children Grieve - For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses by John W. James and Russell Friedman. Concrete suggestions of things to say and do with a child to help acknowledge the loss and grieve in healthy ways.

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.

-Children's Books

Coping with Grieving and Loss, by Sandra and Owen Giddens. Ages 11 and up. Offers teens and pre-teens strategies for coping - explaining the stages of grieving, how to deal with friends and family, the funeral, anger, guilt and depression, changing emotions, and where to go for help.

Death, by Barbara Sprung. Ages 8-12. Discusses what it feels like to experience the death of a loved one, outlines the stages of grief and mourning, and describes ways to honor or remember someone who has died.

Lifetimes: a Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie. Ages 3-8. This book explains to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes.

Part of Me Died, Too - Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children and Teenagers, by Virginia Fry. Ages 8 and up. True stories of young people reflecting on their experiences with the deaths of pets, family members, or friends. Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope With Losing Someone You Love, by Earl Grollman. Ages 11 and up. A poetic and thought-provoking book for teens who have experienced the death of a friend or relative.

The Saddest Time, by Norma Simon. Ages 5-8. In these three stories, children come to terms with the death of an uncle, a classmate, and a grandmother. Help Me Say Goodbye : Activities for Helping Kids Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurie Krasny Brown and Mark Brown. Ages 4-8. Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.

-Children's Picture Books

Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley. Ages 3-8. After Badger dies, his friends take comfort in the special memories they have of the things they did together.

A Story for Hippo: A Book About Loss by Simon Puttock. Ages 3-7. Hippo and Monkey are best, best friends and when the wise old Hippo dies, Monkey is very sad until Chameleon helps him remember the stories he and Hippo shared.

-Manuals

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

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

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

Becoming Stronger at the Broken Places

College Students: Coping After the Hurricane

Coping With Grief After Community Violence

Faith Communities and Disaster Mental Health

Helping the Elderly Recover From the Emotional Aftermath of a Disaster

Helping Victims Heal

Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism

Longer Term Reactions to Traumatic Events - Post Traumatic Stress Reactions

Psychological First Aid for First Responders: Tips for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers

Psychological First Aid: Spiritual Leaders and Practitioners

Support for Mass Shooting Victims in Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Understanding Traumatic Grief for Individuals Experiencing the Traumatic Death of a Loved One

Vulnerable Populations & Disaster

What Victims Want to Say to Clergy

You Are Not Going Crazy! Stress Reactions Following a Sudden Traumatic Experience

- Tip Sheets / Resources for Children, Youth, Parents, and Other Caregivers

A similar tip sheet is available in Punjabi here

Children and Disaster

Guidelines for Working with Grieving Children

Helping Children Cope With Disaster

Helping Children Cope with Trauma and Loss

Helping School-age Children With Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Helping Teens With Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Helping Young Children With Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents After Disasters

Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers After Disasters

Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-age Children After Disasters

Parent Tips for Helping School-age Children After Disasters

Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students After a Hurricane

Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event

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

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What To Expect in Your Personal, Family, Work, and Financial Life

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:

Ayudando a los/las Niños/as Después de un Desastre Natural: Información para Familias

Cómo Recuperarse de las Consecuencias Emocionales de un Desastre para Ayudar a Las Personas de Edad Avanzada

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

Consejos para Que Los Padres Ayuden a Bebés y Niños Pequeños Después de un Desastre

Consejos para Que Los Padres Ayuden a Los Adolescentes Después de un Desastre

Consejos para Que Los Padres Ayuden a Los Niños de Edad Escolar Después de un Desastre

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

- Tip Sheets / Resources for Tribal Populations

Tips for Disaster Responders: Cultural Awareness When Working in Indian Country Post Disaster

Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Historical Trauma When Responding to an Event in Indian Country

Trauma in Indian Country: A Guide for Professionals

-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