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Trauma-informed Resources

kidsLINK defines “trauma”

“Trauma is an emotional wound resulting from a shocking event or multiple and repeated life threatening or extremely frightening experiences that may cause lasting negative effects on a person, disrupting the path of healthy physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development.”

Child stuck behind bubble glass trying to get out


Research shows that trauma can damage a child’s ability to learn, form relationships and function in society. Children who have been traumatized may experience depression, anxiety, withdrawal, difficulty eating and sleeping, emotional upset and behavioural changes. They often have difficulties at school, and may be fearful or aggressive when dealing with adults or other children.

Resources detailing research on the effects of trauma on children and some of the treatments used, have been categorized for your ease of reference.



Pathfinder Trauma Resource - used by Front Door during Intake and Assessment. Given to parents during the referral process.

Pathfinder Trauma Resource – used by Front Door during Intake and Assessment. Given to parents during the referral process.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)


Policy Makers

Special Populations

Substance Abuse

Toolkits/Trainer’s Guides

Trauma Reports (Comprehesive)

Trauma Specific Treatment

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Young Children

Youth Justice

Links to other trauma-informed websites

Information from kidsLINK’s Trauma-Informed System of Care Symposium (May 29, 2012)

Special Thanks to The Anna Institute for use of this video.
This powerful, moving and aesthetically beautiful video was created by Susan Salasin, in collaboration with Andy Blanch and Joan Gillece of NCTIC (National Center for Trauma Informed Care), and Leah Harris of NEC (National Empowerment Center), for the Harvard University Program on Refugee Trauma. Susan is a pioneer in the area of women, violence prevention and trauma.  Her commitment and determination during 40 years with SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) and her continuing work are keeping trauma on the public mental health agenda. Anna Caroline Jennings’ artwork, story of childhood sexual abuse, and years in the mental health system, are used throughout this video to great effect, and also with great love.  The trauma-informed care movement is steadily gaining momentum, ending the historical silence surrounding childhood trauma and offering hope and healing for thousands of individuals with stories similar to Anna’s.

Canadian Trauma-Informed CollaborativeLaurie Robinson at Canadian Trauma-Informed Collaborative

kidsLINK Project Manager Laurie Robinson and Director of Services Barb Ward went to Winnipeg on February 14, 2013 representing Ontario and kidsLINK  to attend the first Canadian Trauma-Informed Collaborative.  The provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba were also represented.  The overall aim of this Collaborative (under creation) is to increase the capacity of every system to be trauma-informed by connecting people, ideas and resources on a pan-Canadian level.  The mission (under creation) is to advance dynamic and comprehensive trauma-informed systems; promote the principles and an understanding of trauma, recovery and trauma-informed practices; and to transform the way all health and human services are delivered.  It was exciting to be part of this initiative and to exchange knowledge, practices and ideas with like-minded individuals in other provinces.  We look forward to more networking with fellow Canadians and to creating a trauma-informed web network – both for those practicing in the field of trauma, as well as those working at the system, training and advocacy level.

Laurie invites other Canadians interested in this Collaborative to contact her. Click on her name above to email.

Trauma and it’s impact on our community.

Smart on Crime in Waterloo Region

BLOG – OCT26, 2012

Submitted by Juanita Metzger

How to understand the complex nature and impact of psychological trauma in our community? Important steps are being taken in this direction by kidsLINK, a Waterloo Region based organization supporting the emotional and mental health of children and youth in our community.

We recently hosted Laurie Robinson in a webinar to explore the prevalence and science of trauma and how our community can move toward a trauma-informed system of care. Participants in the webinar came from many different sectors representing children & youth mental health, addictions, health care and more.

But why would the Crime Prevention Council be interested in issues of trauma? Trauma (adverse childhood experiences, or adult in some cases) is often the root of many psychological, physical, behavioural and health conditions – and WRCPC is all about getting to the root causes or conditions. For example, did you know….

  • 75% – 93% of youth entering the criminal justice system have experienced some form of trauma
  • Among boys who experienced a traumatic incident under the age of 12, 50% – 79% became involved in serious juvenile delinquency
  • Incarcerated women are more likely to report a history of childhood physical or sexual abuse (Justice Policy Institute, 2010).

Prevention tell us: “it’s easier to build strong children than to mend broken adults.”

I share Laurie Robinson’s presentation here to give you a starting point for finding out what trauma is and the impact it has on our community.


You can find the whole webinar on our Youtube Channel.

Additional Resources:

How do you see trauma affecting people you work with, serve, represent? What do you see as the impact within our community? How might a trauma informed system of care improve the lives of the people that you works with. How might it improve the health of us all? How could this approach have an effect on prevention, early intervention, effective treatment and intervention, the corrections & court system, rehabilitation…..? Let you mind consider the possibilities!  Please visit Juanita’s post to leave your comments.