Supporting Professionals and Communities with Trauma-Informed Practices

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children

Equipping professionals with the right tools for trauma counseling. TLC provides training courses, materials and conferences to therapists and other professionals in the United States and around the world. We train and equip professionals and caregivers with the right tools to help guide children, adults, families and communities through the devastating effects of trauma.

TLC is one of three programs in the Starr Global Learning Network (SGLN). The other two programs are Reclaiming Youth International (RYI) and Glasswing. All of the programs draw on the Circle of Courage® model of positive youth development based on the universal principle that to be emotionally healthy all youth need to experience Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity.

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Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents

This book features the Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP®) intervention model, proven in successfully addressing violent situations such as murder, domestic violence, and physical


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Children of Trauma

This course lays the foundation that supports the evidence-based structured sensory interventions TLC developed. The research was completed in school and agency settings to ensure the actual programs could be supported in the environments where children are accessible.


Articles and Research

If you’re caring for or helping a child through a traumatic incident, we’ve got dozens of online resources to meet your needs.

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These articles will help you discover ways to help your child — and yourself. Our online articles offer practical aid for parents of children of all ages, from infants to adolescents.

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These articles are written by professionals for professionals. Read cutting-edge research that will transform the way you care for traumatized children.

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The TLC Blog is a collection of stories for therapists and other professionals that focuses on giving them the right tools to help guide children, adults, families and communities through trauma. Read our blog.

Expanding Therapeutic Experiences Through Poetry, Prose, Song, and Story

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?”
-David Whyte

April is National Poetry Month, which is a good time to remember the many ways creative writing can be used in the context of trauma therapy with children and adolescents.

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Self-Care & Creativity in the Trauma-Informed Workplace

Self-care in relationship to trauma work is an essential practice for professionals in this helping field. Without attention and connection to our own self-care, the demanding toll of aiding and supporting others in pain and distress can often leave us vulnerable to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout. In relationship to this necessity for provider self-care, this post will focus on considerations about one’s workplace environment and the role creativity can have as a trauma-informed practice.

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