For Parents and Caregivers

Remembering Trauma: Connecting the Dots between Complex Trauma and Misdiagnosis in Youth This short film (16 minutes) highlights the story of a traumatized youth from early childhood to older adolescence illustrating his trauma reactions and interactions with various service providers (including probation officer, school counselor, and therapist).

It is a priority to strengthen the professional systems to support LGBTQ youth after sexual assault and other traumas that these youth commonly experience. This 13-minute video features five LGBTQ youth who discuss details of their own trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they gained resilience, and how professionals helped them in this regard.


Teen sexual assault is any sexual contact that a teen does not freely agree to (“consent”). Agreeing under
emotional or physical pressure (“coercion”) is not consenting. We use the term “sexual assault” when the
person who committed the assault—the perpetrator—is someone outside the family, and the term “sexual
abuse” when the perpetrator is a family member. Sexual assault does not always include intercourse. Sexual
assault includes any contact with private body parts (e.g., breasts, genitals, buttocks) that is unwanted, not
agreed on, or forced on someone.

Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind is a story developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced a tornado. In the story, Trinka and Sam, two small mice, become scared and worried after they experienced a severe tornado and witnessed damage to their community. The story describes some of their reactions and talks about how their parents help them to express their feelings and feel safer.


The video introduces the viewer to the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth who
have experienced trauma. You may use the video as a training tool, for example, during a staff meeting or in supervision
with staff. You can show the video in its entirety or in segments.
However you use this resource, be sure to allow time for discussion after viewing the video. Questions to
facilitate growth, learning, and change follow.

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