Helping Professionals


When a Child Alleges Sexual Abuse by an Educator or Other School Staff: An Educator's Guide to Appropriate Response and Support (PDF) 

Provides educators and other school staff information on the challenges that occur when there is an allegation of educator abuse, the consequences of an inappropriate response to the allegations, the educator’s role following child sexual abuse allegations, responding to and supporting other students, responding to any media coverage of the allegation, and a list of resources that could help.

Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse (In English & Spanish) (PDF)

Provides parents and caregivers with tools to help them support children who have been victims of sexual abuse, information on the importance of talking to children and youth about body safety, and guidance on how to respond when children disclose sexual abuse. Also included is advice on how to cope with the shock of intrafamilial abuse and with the emotional impact of legal involvement in sexual abuse cases.

The Promise of Trauma-focused Therapy for Childhood Sexual Abuse (PDF)

Developed to provide information about the impact of child sexual abuse, to emphasize the importance of including parents/caretakers in treatment, and to highlight the need for children in therapy to learn specific skills to deal with what has happened to them and to talk about the details of their sexually abusive experiences.

The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families — Adapted for Youth who are Trafficked

Trafficking involves circumstances (such as exploitation and coercion) that youth experience as traumatic (violating or threatening); therefore, youth who have been trafficked may exhibit responses to child traumatic stress.

The 12 Core Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families provide a rationale for trauma-informed assessment and intervention. The Concepts cover a broad range of points that practitioners and agencies should consider as they strive to assess, understand, and assist trauma-exposed children, families, and communities in trauma-informed ways.

LGBTQ Youth and Sexual Abuse: Information for Mental Health Professionals.

Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Safe and Welcoming Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015) (Video)

Safe Spaces. Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (2015) (Video)
The NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse committee is pleased to announce the launch of a new video which highlights the effect of trauma on LGBTQ youth; how bias impedes optimal care, and practical steps for creating safe and welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. The video features five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma and bias have affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) presenters discuss specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safer and more welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. 

  • Video Resource Guide (2015) (PDF)
    The video introduces the viewer to the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth who have experienced trauma. You may use the video as a training tool, for example, during a staff meeting or in supervision with staff. You can show the video in its entirety or in segments. However you use this resource, be sure to allow time for discussion after viewing the video. Questions to facilitate growth, learning, and change are included in this guide.
  • LGBTQ Issues and Child Trauma (2015) (PDF)
  • Developing Clinical Competence in Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families
    In this webinar presenters outline how to work with LGBTQ youth and describe the clinical competencies needed to provide a safe space for LGTBQ youth who are dealing with trauma.


LGBTQ Youth: Voices of Trauma, Lives of Promise (2016) (Video)

It is a priority to strengthen the professional systems to support LGBTQ youth after sexual assault and other traumas that these youth commonly experience. This 13-minute video features five LGBTQ youth who discuss details of their own trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they gained resilience, and how professionals helped them in this regard.

Learning Center Resources

Transforming Trauma in LGBTQ Youth Speaker Series
This series offers concrete strategies and recommendations for providers working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma, including how to increase access to services, create a safe environment for care, and work with families and schools.

Understanding the Complex Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Speaker Series

This speaker series will tackle the specific strategies and challenges within each child serving system providing services to commercially sexually exploited children.

Additional Resources

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth
Cohen, J. A., Mannarino, A. P., & Kinnish, K. (2015). Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for commercially sexually exploited youth. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s40653-015-0073-9