Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Abuse and Neglect Training On-Line

The Partnership for People with Disabilities of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has developed an excellent and compelling on-line course regarding the abuse and neglect of people who experience disabilities.  For additional information, click on the link above or call Peggy O'Neill at 804-827-0194 or Ann Cox at 804-828-8244.

Aerobic Exercise and PTSD

One of the most effective treatments for PTSD, depression and other psychiatric disorders is aerobic exercise.  For starters, check out the
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability web site for helpful information about the benefits of exercise and ways to jump start a sluggish body.  Also helpful is an article by Carol Woodbury, a Certified Exercise Specialist (requires Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher), and this article published in Psych-Net if you are looking for information about why exercise makes such a positive difference.  Another great resource is Keith Johnsgard's book, Conquering Depression and Anxiety through Exercise available through Prometheus Books.

A Terrible Thing Happened

Written by Margaret H. Holmes and illustrated by Cary Pillo,
A Terrible Thing Happened (2000) is a great book to read with young children who have been traumatized.  The book, which does not specify the nature of the trauma affecting "Sherman" (a raccoon), explores what it feels like to be traumatized and what can be done.  To order, visit the Magination Press web site or call 1-800-374-2721.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages

This award-winning site provides helpful information about the biological changes a person undergoes when experiencing PTSD and things you can do to help.

The Care Notebook

The Care Notebook and Care Organizer are tools for families who have children with special health care needs. Families use Care Notebooks to keep track of important information about their child's health and care. This makes it easier to find and share key information with their child's care team. It was created by The Center for Children with Special Needs and is available at their web site (click above). If you have questions about any of these files or for questions about adapting or reprinting the Care Notebook, contact Megan Sety.

Child Abuse and Neglect Disability Outreach Project (CAN/Do)

Based in California, the Can/do project offers helpful conferences and publications regarding the abuse and neglect of children who experience disabilities.

Child Trauma Academy

"Central to the Child Trauma Academy is its mission to improve the systems that educate, nurture, protect and enrich children."  Check out this very helpful site if you are looking for information about trauma and its impact on children.

Child Survivor of Traumatic Stress

A site base on a newsletter edited and published by Kenneth E. Fletcher, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center with helpful research and assessment information, as well as articles for helping survivors.

Children Injured by Restraints and Aversives (CIBRA)

CIBRA is an organization founded by parents whose children have been traumatized by ill-treatment (under the guise of "support"), including the use of restraint and aversive procedures.  Join the growing national movement to ban such procedures.

Circle of Health

Ruth Ryan, M.D. is a psychiatrist who gets it.  She understands people who experience disabilities and ways in which underlying physiological and psychological conditions can give rise to difficult behaviors.  Her web site and practice -- "Circle of Health" --offers incredibly helpful information regarding a variety of topics, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse

"No child should be abused or neglected, and no child should die in the name of treatment."  So begins the Coalition's description of its web site.  A very helpful resource for anyone who is concerned about the use of aversive procedures.

The Dangers of Restraint

"As a matter of law, any individual who chooses to restrain someone may be charged and found responsible for the intended or unintended impact."  So begins a sobering report by Dr. Michael Conner about the dangers of restraint entitled,
Excited delirium, restraint asphyxia, positional asphyxia and 'In-Custody Death" Syndromes: Controversial theories that may explain why some children in treatment programs die when restrained.  The report includes steps for keeping people who are a danger to themselves and others safe.

Disability, Abuse, and Personal Rights Project

Dedicated to the personal rights of children and adults with disabilities, with a mission to prevent abuse of people with disabilities and protect others from abuses that lead to disability.

EMDR Institute

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) integrates elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects.  EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight  phase approach described at the Institute web site.

David Ferleger: Human Services Restraint: Reduce, Replace, or Relinquish?

David Ferleger is a Pennsylvania-based attorney with extensive experience in issues of disability.  In this thoughtful paper, David presents compelling reasons why every human services organization should end seclusion and restraint.  Visit David's web site for additional information.

The Francis Foundation

I can't imagine more qualified people to support a child with complex support needs -- particularly children with PTSD -- than the folks of The Francis Foundation.  As their web site states, the folks at the Francis Foundation are "Unconditionally committed to the welfare of children." My friend and mentor, Dr. Al Vechionne, Ph.D. is one of the greatest and most insightful clinicians I know.  Check out the Foundation's web site for additional information and resources, including handouts on topics such as seasonal affective disorder, self-regulation and the formation of emotional alliances.

Gift From Within

An international organization dedicated to helping survivors of trauma.  Very helpful site with great information!

Handout: Supporting A Person Who Is Experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Based on the good work of Al Vechionne, Ph.D. from the Francis Foundation (above), Ruth Ryan, M.D., and Gee Legare, this handout contains information for caregivers who wish to support a person who experiences disabilities as well as PTSD. Also see my handout,
Does God Have Enough Hands: A Handout for Caregivers in Times of Fear and Sorrow, resources for caregivers in the post 9-11 world.

The Healing Heart: Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy Families

"Packed with folk tales, personal stories, exercises, games, songs, and lessons learned,
The Healing Heart (2003) by Allison Cox and David Albert provides powerful examples of the use of stories and storytelling in encouraging resiliency, healthful behaviors, self-esteem, and mutual respect." Includes powerful stories for children recovering from medical procedures.  Can be ordered by clicking above for approximately $20 US and $28 Canadian.   



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