National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information, Outreach Services, and Current Research Initiatives.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Information, Support Groups by State, Resources, and Advocacy.
Children’s Institute has developed national award-winning programs for children and their families for over 50 years. Excellent current research and information for parents, teachers, and professionals. Visit Children's Institute
PTSD: National Center for PTSD - US Department of Veteran Affairs
Current Research and Resources for Veterans, General Public, and Family & Friends
Wounded Warrior Project
Current Initiatives, Programs for Veterans, Support for Veterans, and Resources
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
ISSTD is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs.
Adults Surviving Child Sexual Abuse (ASCA)
ASCA advocates, builds and delivers supports to facilitate recovery for people, families and communities affected by childhood trauma and abuse.
Resources and tools for bullying in school, at home and at work
Bullies to Buddies – A psychological solution to bullying Excellent website with video presentations, education on the problem of bullying, and a wealth of resources and recommended responses for parents and teachers.
Visit Bullies to Buddies
Art Therapy with Cancer Patients
Mesothelioma.com is a leading web resource for those affected by mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that occurs in the lining of the lungs and abdomen. Art therapy has been recognized by major cancer centers as an effective approach to promote healing. The American Cancer Society recognizes the many benefits of art therapy in reducing anxiety, decreasing the length of hospital stays and even decrease patient pain.
for more information and to locate an art therapist in your area.
Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute
Comprehensive resources and training opportunities listed here, including recent research and articles regarding Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Publications include information regarding the impact of trauma for parents. http://www.childtrauma.com/pub.html
The Effect of Divorce on Children, Dr. Robert Hughes
What are the factors in divorcing families that contribute to children having difficulties, & what are the factors that foster adaptation? Dr. Hughes responds here.
Sexual Behaviors in Children
“Sexual exploration and play are a natural part of childhood sexual development, and help children not only to learn about their own bodies, but about the social and cultural rules that govern sexual behavior...” Read Information Sheet for Caregivers
, from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (pdf)
ATSA's Task Force on Children with Sexual Behavior Problems completed an in depth research review and report which is intended to guide professional practices with children, ages 12 and under. This report addresses how assessment is recommended to be linked to intervention activities, what intervention models or components are most effective and the role of family or caregiver involvement in research-informed intervention. ATSA's Task Force report also addresses a number of public policy issues concerning children with sexual behavior problems (SBPs).
View or download ATSA's Report of the Task Force on Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
Improving Self Esteem
Self esteem is a term used to describe how we view our “worthiness” as a person. Our self-image is first defined as a child, and develops throughout our lifetime. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one out of every four adults suffers from a psychological disorder with low self-esteem being an underlying factor. Low self esteem is not something that simply appears one day, but develops over time. As we encounter situations that boost our self-confidence or completely destroy it, we tend to make choices that act out our mixed feelings. Those with higher self-esteem are better able to maintain a fulfilled life with normal relationships. Understanding the root problem of a self-esteem problem can help work towards a rewarding life.
Self Esteem Basics
Self Esteem Building Strategies
Evaluating Your Self Esteem