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A curated collection of Books, Videos, Articles and more to educate consumers, caregivers and professionals about Complex Trauma.

Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Effects of Emotional Abuse and Neglect

Click here to view and download a PDF of the essay   An important but often under-recognized core topic was recently added to the website: Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Insidious Impact of Psychological Maltreatment.   This new essay aims to provide guidance and hope for survivors, loved ones, and providers impacted by…

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The Complexity of Racial Trauma

Click here to view and download a PDF of the racial trauma essay   We are pleased to debut a timely and important new section of The Complexity of Racial Trauma, co-developed by Foundation Trust Senior Training Associate, Dr. Jana Pressley and our esteemed colleague, Dr. Nancy Nealious.   The new essay explores the…

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Complex Trauma-Informed Residential Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Various facets of complex trauma-informed residential services are explored in a newly-compiled series of resources developed by the Foundation Trust’s Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Kaitlyn Marie Wilson and their colleagues. The resources include two fact sheets to support residential program administrators and multidisciplinary staff members to better understand and respond to the effects of complex trauma…

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What is Complex Trauma?A Resource Guide for Youth & Those Who Care About Them

What Is Complex Trauma?Guide for Youth

This youth-inspired and youth-vetted guide is one of the first resources on complex trauma designed specifically for independent use by trauma-impacted youth. Also appropriate for adult-supported use with younger children and select adolescents as needed. Employs plain language to advance understanding of complex trauma as a distinct form of psychological trauma. Identifies common effects of…

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Never Give Up: A Complex Trauma Film by Youth for Youth

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This gripping short film showcases a diverse ensemble of adolescents and young adults who share hard lessons learned in their efforts to endure and overcome developmental and systemic trauma. Written and produced by Dr. Joseph Spinazzola and colleagues, Never Give Up uniquely blends documentary and theatrical elements to achieve an authentic, insightful, and above all…

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When Nowhere is Safe: Impaired Caregiving, Domestic Violence and Community Violence Increase Risk for Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD)

This important study conducted by Dr. Joseph Spinazzola and his colleagues empirically demonstrates that disruption to early attachment relationships– even in the absence of more overt traumatic experiences such as physical or sexual abuse– is a primary driver of complex adaptation to trauma. The authors draw on data from a national clinical field trial to…

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Enduring Neurobiological Effects of Childhood Abuse & Neglect


This exceptional review paper by Drs. Martin Teicher and Jacqueline Sampson synthesizes decades of neuroscientific research on childhood abuse and neglect to reveal three critically important truths. First, that all forms of attachment trauma in childhood, including “non-contact” forms of adversity such as emotional abuse, as well as traumas of omission such as emotional neglect,…

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