Resources for Adults Who Care for Them
Young children and their families can be tremendously affected by trauma, with significant implications for well-being well into the future. And while young children can be very expressive, they often do not have the skills or ability to use words to express how they are feeling. Adults may notice a variety of unexpected, atypical behaviors, and may need help understanding and nurturing infants and toddlers who have been affected. Fortunately, there are infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) clinicians across the country who have experience working with this population and are trained to provide developmentally appropriate, two-generation, trauma-informed services.
This page offers resources for families and caregivers working with very young children who have experienced trauma as well as connection to specialized mental health professionals who understand the needs of very young children. Please see the directory below to reach an IECMH contact in your state who has volunteered to field inquiries and make connections to resources and clinicians.
IECMH professionals have also developed numerous resources to help parents, caregivers, and other adults support children who are affected by trauma. Please take a look at the Featured and Additional Resources sections to find free materials in English and Spanish to support your work with infants, toddlers, and caregivers who have experienced trauma.
In this webinar, the animals from the book “Once I Was Very Very Scared” share heir story and help others learn about stress and trauma. This webinar shares common reactions to stress and how to support healing and recovery.
Young children know when bad things happen, and they remember what they have been through. After a scary event, we often see changes in their behavior. This tip sheet offers tips for parents to help young children heal after a traumatic event.
Psychological First Aid (PFA)- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters (NCTSN)
State IECMH Contacts
|Help Me Grow Alabama
|Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
|Arizona Association for Infant Mental Health
|Arkansas Association for Infant Mental Health
|California Association for Infant Mental Health
|Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health
|Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
|District of Columbia
|Florida Association for Infant Mental Health
|Gloria Smith Cissé
|The Southern Center for Choice Theory
|Hawaii Association for Infant Mental Health
|Aim Early Idaho
|Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
|Children and Families of Iowa
|Kansas Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
|Devi Miron Murphy
|Louisiana Infant Mental Health Association
|Debra Nugent Johnson
|Maine Association for Infant Mental Health, Inc.
|University of Maryland School of Medicine
|Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health
|Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
|Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
|Mississippi Families for Kids
|Missouri Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
|Robin Lynn Treptow
|Wisdom for the Body & for the Soul
|Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children
|Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
|New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health
|New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health
|New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health
|New York State Association for Infant Mental Health
|North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
|Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health
|Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health
|Oregon Infant Mental Health Association
|Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health
|Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health
|AIMHiTN, Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee
|Utah Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
|Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health
|Washington Association for Infant Mental Health
|West Virginia Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association
|Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
|University of Wyoming
If you are an IECMH professional and would like to volunteer to serve as a statewide contact for a state with no contact currently listed, please contact Lindsay Usry at [email protected].
Additional Resources for Parents, Caregivers and Other Professionals
Shelter from the Storm (ZERO TO THREE)
Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Resource Collection (AAIMH)
Attachment Vitamins: Interactive Course on Early Childhood Attachment, Stress, and Trauma (NCTSN)
Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children: Tips for Current Caregivers (NCTSN)
Once I was Very Very Scared (Chandra Ghosh Ippen)
Key Points: Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children (NCTSN)
Select NCTSN Resources Related to Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Trauma (NCTSN)
This page was created in collaboration with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.