Community Trauma Toolkit

Community Trauma Toolkit

Emerging Minds has released a new suite of resources designed to help children and young people affected by trauma. Developed by Emerging Minds and the Australian National University as part of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health project, the information and training materials include videos, podcasts, training workshops to run with your team and downloadable fact sheets.

The toolkit is tailored to six key audiences – educators, first responders, community leaders, families, general practitioners (GPs), and health and social service practitioners. It’s also arranged to match five timelines – preparedness, immediate, short-term recovery, long-term recovery and ongoing recovery.


This toolkit contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.

These resources complement Be You’s Professional Learning modules related to critical incidents, which are located in the Responding Together domain.

According to the World Health Organization, a critical incident is an event outside the range of normal experience – one which is sudden and unexpected, makes us lose control, involves the perception of a threat to life and can include elements of physical or emotional loss.

Critical incidents can have a range of impacts for everyone in the learning community.

The role of the learning environment in promoting a mentally health community, preparing for critical incidents and being responsive in times of crisis have been shown to be crucial in ensuring that people receive the help they need.

Overview: Community Trauma Toolkit

Community Trauma Toolkit Promo Video from Emerging Minds on Vimeo.

Emergencies and disasters are extremely stressful and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Children, even infants, can also be affected. They depend on the adults around them for safety and security, and will need reassurance, care, and opportunities to share their feelings. These resources provide a starting point for you to help children navigate the different stages of a disaster.

Print the toolkit overview here.
https://d2p3kdr0nr4o3z.cloudfront.net/content/uploads/2019/04/03145025/Community-Trauma-Toolkit-Summary-Final-interactive.pdf

How to use this Toolkit

How to use the Community Trauma Toolkit from Emerging Minds on Vimeo.

How to use this Toolkit

The information in this Toolkit is grouped into the timeframes surrounding a natural disaster or traumatic event: preparedness; immediate; short-term recovery; and long-term recovery. The resources are tailored to the following audiences which you can select after choosing your timeline:

⟹ Parents and caregivers
⟹ General Practitioners
⟹ Educators
⟹ Community leaders
⟹ First Responders, and
⟹ Health and Social workforces.

Choose your timeline here https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/toolkits/community-trauma-toolkit/

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