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Developmental Trauma / ACEs Resources

General Information

Online Resources

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Other Types of Trauma in the Primary Care Setting (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Developmental Trauma Disorder Defined (Attachment Disorder Maryland)

Consensus Proposed Criteria for Developmental Trauma Disorder (Attachment & Trauma Network)

Adverse Childhood Experiences Presentation Graphics (Centers for Disease Control and Preventio)

Center for Youth Wellness

TED Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Trauma-Informed Care Infographic (Buffalo Center for Social Research)

Further Reading

Kliethermes M, Schact M, Drewry K. Complex Trauma. Child Adol Psych Clin N Am. 2014;23:339-361.

Lieberman AF, Knorr K. The impact of trauma: A developmental framework for infancy and early childhood. Psychiatric Annals. 2007;37(6):416-422.

Rahim M. Developmental trauma disorder: An attachment-based perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2014;19(4):548-560. 


Online Resources

Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: diagnostic issues, approaches to comprehensive assessment (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Assessment of Complex Trauma (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Trauma, Attachment, and Stress Disorders: signs and symptoms (Healing Resources)

D'Andrea W, Ford J, Stolbach B, Spinazzola J, van der Kolk BA. Understanding interpersonal trauma in children: Why we need a developmentally appropriate trauma diagnosis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 2012;82(2):187-200.

Further Reading

Denton R, Frogley C, Jackson S, John M, Querstret D. The assessment of developmental trauma in children and adolescents: A systematic review. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2016;1–28.

Schmid M, Petermann F, Fegert JM. Developmental trauma disorder: Pros and cons of including formal criteria in the psychiatric diagnostic systems. BMC Psychiatry 2014;13(3):1-12.

van der Kolk BA. Developmental trauma disorder: Towards a rational diagnosis for chronically traumatized children. Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr. 2009;58(8):572-86.


Online Resources

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP Network)

Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (Chadwick Center for Children & Families)

Bring Out the Best in Your Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Portland State University (2015). When age doesn't match stage: Challenges and considerations in services for transition-age youth with histories of developmental trauma. Focal Point Youth, Young Adults, & Mental Health: Trauma-Informed Care, 29, 17-20.

Further Reading

Heller L, LaPierre A. Healing Developmental Trauma. Berkley California: North Atlantic Book, 2012.

Pur, I. G. Emotion regulation intervention for complex developmental trauma: Working with street children. Social and Behavioral Sciences 2014;159(23): 697-701.