Complex Trauma Resources

Complex Trauma Fact Sheets

Complex Trauma: Facts for Service Providers Working with Homeless Youth and Young Adults (2014) (PDF)
Offers information on how to support teens and young adults who are homeless and may have experienced multiple traumas.

Complex Trauma: Facts for Shelter Staff Working with Homeless Children and Families (2014) (PDF)
Guides shelter staff in how best to support the homeless children and families with whom they work.

Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers (2014) (PDF)
Helps parents and caregivers recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help children heal.

Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators (2014) (PDF)
Explains the ways complex trauma may affect learning and offers recommendations for educators to support students and take care of themselves.


Additional Resources

Complex Trauma Speaker Series
Featuring experts from the NCTSN, this series includes presentations on the neurobiology of complex trauma, assessment and treatment planning, and a wide range of evidence-based interventions. All presentations are available for free through the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma, and continuing education credits are available.


Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma: Understanding Special Populations, Enhancing Multidisciplinary Responses to Polyvictimization
This webinar series, a collaborative effort between the OVC National Action Partnership on Polyvictimization and the NCTSN Complex Trauma Workgroup and Complex Trauma Treatment Network, focuses on complex trauma and polyvictimization as they affect a wide range of populations and offers useful tools to a broad range of professionals, including educators, mental health workers, law enforcement, judicial personnel, and child welfare workers.

Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents (2003) (PDF)
The original white paper on this topic developed by the NCTSN Complex Trauma Task Force.

Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents (2007) (PDF)
This article appeared in the winter 2007 issue of the journal Focal Point. It is an adaptation and update of the Network white paper listed above. Click here to access the article. Focal Point is a publication of the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.

Complex Trauma in the NCTSN (PDF)
Results of an NCTSN survey on complex trauma exposure, outcomes, and treatment approaches for impacted children and their families who received intervention and/or comprehensive assessment services in 2002.