Trauma Resources for Professionals

Human Rights Violations in Medicine: A-to-Z Action Guide, by Pamela Wible, MD
“Suicide is an occupational hazard for physicians and medical students. Yet students enter medical school with their mental health on par with or better than their peers. So why do so many medical trainees kill themselves before graduation?…United States hospitals and clinics routinely violate the human rights of medical students and physicians, endangering their lives—and the lives of their patients. Physician-induced medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Physicians who attempt to protect their patients by complaining about human rights violations risk retaliation and destruction of their careers.”

Trauma-informed: The Trauma Toolkit, “a resource for service organizations and providers to deliver services that are trauma-informed.” 152 pages. 

Prevent Secondary Traumatic Stress in Healthcare Providers “Providers treating patients with challenging medical conditions can sometimes feel drained, upset, or frustrated. This may be especially true during times of increased workloads or heightened personal stress…The ability to identify, understand and manage one’s emotional reactions is paramount to preventing and/or managing secondary traumatic stress.” Includes warning signs and self-care tips.

Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear , a 10-minute audio. “Abuse and neglect in childhood can profoundly affect brain development. Negative childhood experiences can set our brains to constantly feel danger and fear,” says psychiatrist and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk. He’s the author of the book, “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.”

Shay Seaborne’s YouTube PTSD playlist Over 140 carefully selected videos about trauma and its resolution.

Interpersonal Neurobiology: Why Compassion is Necessary for Humanity a 20-min video by my fave West Coast neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Dan Siegel

Fostering Resilience and Recovery: A Change Package for Advancing Trauma-Informed Primary Care,  a 21-page booklet from the National Council for Behavioral Health

Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, a full textbook, 343 pages. This manual helps behavioral health professionals understand the impact of trauma on those who experience it. The manual discusses patient assessment and treatment planning strategies. These strategies support recovery and building a trauma-informed care workforce. Provided by the US Dept of Health and Human Services.

Suicide Risk Assessment Guide “was developed to assist clinicians in all areas but especially in primary care and the emergency room/triage area to make an assessment and care decisions regarding patients who present with suicidal ideation or provide reason to believe that there is cause for concern.”

Dr. Patch Adams on YouTube ❣ He is an inspiration! Look for “Patch Adams, M.D. – Transform 2010 – Mayo Clinic,” in which the author and founder of the Gesundheit! Institute (The first silly hospital.) addressed the Transform 2010 Symposium sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
Also, longer, “Gesundheit Institute: Patch Adams at TEDxUtrechtUniversity” 

Dr. Gabor Maté on YouTube A physician who specialized in family practice, palliative care and, finally, addiction medicine, Maté argues, “we all have brains that are wired for happiness. And if our happiness is threatened at a deep level, by traumas in our past that we’ve not resolved, we resort to addictions to restore the happiness we truly crave.”

Child Trauma Academy Library, a set of free resources for parents, caregivers, educators and professionals on: Interventions, Abuse & Neglect, Brain Development & Neuroscience, Child  Development & Early Childhood, Trauma & PTSD, Violence & Public Health

Helping Traumatized Children, A Brief Overview for Caregivers by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. 17 pages of information and general principles.  

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) The latest on trauma therapy,  brain science, and mindfulness. They offer great professional webinars on aspects of trauma and its resolution. Check out their inforgraphic library.

Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
“Born out of the excitement of a convergence of ideas and passions, this book provides a synthesis of the work of researchers, clinicians, and theoreticians who are leaders in the field of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy.
As we move into the third millennium, the field of mental health is in an exciting position to bring together diverse ideas from a range of disciplines that illuminate our understanding of human experience: neurobiology, developmental psychology, traumatology, and systems theory. The contributors emphasize the ways in which the social environment, including relationships of childhood, adulthood, and the treatment milieu change aspects of the structure of the brain and ultimately alter the mind.”