Think Trauma: A Training for Staff in Juvenile Justice Residential Settings

This training provides an overview for juvenile justice staff of how to work towards creating a trauma-informed juvenile justice residential setting. Creating a trauma-informed setting is a process that requires not only knowledge acquisition and behavioral modification, but also cultural and organizational paradigm shifts, and ultimately policy and procedural change at every level of the facility. 

Think Trauma is a PowerPoint-based training curriculum including four modules that can be implemented back-to-back in a single all-day training or in four consecutive training sessions over the course of several weeks or even months. Each module takes approximately one to two hours, depending on the size of the trainee group, and whether you elect to implement all of training materials and activities. It contains six case studies of representative youth who’ve been involved with the juvenile justice system.

The complete curriculum is available on the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma. (Note: you must create an account on the Learning Center in order to join the community.) Click here to access the following resources:

  • The complete workshop package including Facilitator's Guide, Participant Handbook, Supplemental Materials, and multi-part Slide Deck
  • Supplemental resources including Implementer's Guide, case vignettes and puzzles, and activity materials
  • A discussion forum in which NCTSN master trainers respond to implementation questions