(2015) | Useful to Parent Centers serving families coping with trauma. Available in multiple languages.

Communities around the world have been shocked by increasingly frequent reports of violence – in Paris, Nigeria, San Bernadino, and elsewhere. These events are hard even for adults to comprehend and, sadly, we can’t shield our children from pain and fear when they’re exposed to such tragedy. But we can help them process what they’re experiencing in the healthiest way possible.

The Child Mind Institute has prepared this 16-page guide to aid parents, educators, and other adults in talking to children and adolescents about potentially traumatic events and identifying those who might benefit from more focused professional attention. The guide describes signs of trauma and how to help children by age (0-2, 2-5, 6-11, 12-18). It concludes with a section on how teachers can do to help students.

The guide is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, German, Hebrew, and Italian.

Access the guide (and additional supporting materials) at:


Linked updated, February 2019