Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma

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Finding Resources and Getting Involved

Here is a selection of organizations that will be able to offer you information and referrals. They are all easily accessible on the Web and many have toll-free telephone numbers. Don't forget, many of these agencies and organizations need volunteers. If you are able to give your time and energy to this important cause, some of these groups will be able to steer you toward volunteerism in your own locale.

Prevent Child Abuse

Prevent Child Abuse (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse) is nationally recognized as one of the most innovative leaders in child abuse prevention. It has a nationwide network of chapters and their local affiliates in hundreds of communities. Through their media campaigns, people are finding ways they can help prevent abuse. PCA seeks to equip professionals with the latest, proven prevention approaches through training and technical assistance. To find out more about your local affiliate and the national program activities contact:

Prevent Child Abuse
200 S. Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2404
Tel: (312) 663-3520
Fax: (312) 939-8962
Child Welfare League of America

CWLA is an association of more than 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 2.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services. They have many resources for families and professionals working with traumatized children. For more information contact:

Child Welfare League of America
440 First Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085
Tel. (202) 638-2952
FAX (202) 638-4004

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

APSAC's mission is to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response. This organization has many useful scholarly and clinical materials aimed primarily at the professional audience. Caregivers working with abused or maltreated children may find this a useful resource, nonetheless. For more information contact:

407 South Dearborn Street Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60605

The National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and carries out a broad range of activities in research, training, and public information. The primary focus of the Center has been combat veterans and their families. Over the last few years, however, this focus has been expanded. There are many useful programs, activities, and resources for anyone interested in the effects of traumatic stressors.

The PILOTS database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is available to Internet users courtesy of Dartmouth College, whose computer facilities serve as host to the database. No account or password is required, and there is no charge for using the PILOTS database.

The National Center for PTSD

International Society for Traumatic Stress Study

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), founded in 1985, provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns, and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and to the stimulation of policy, program, and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
60 Revere Drive, Suite 500
Northbrook, Illinois 60062 USA
Phone: 847/480-9028; Fax: 847/480-9282

National Clearinghouse for Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information is a national resource for professionals seeking information on the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse, child neglect, and related child welfare issues.

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Phone: (800) 394-3366 or (703) 385-7565
Fax: (703) 385-3206


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