In today’s blog, our team is continuing to review popular mental health websites in order to help our clients find the best resource(s) for their mental health concerns. Today’s review is of National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

About National Child Traumatic Stress Network

NCTSN was created to “raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.” The network began in 2000, and it remains committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly to frontline providers. It is estimated that 50,000 people are helped by the network each quarter! The network has also trained more than two million professionals in trauma-informed interventions since its start.

What Can Users Find On The NCTSN Website?

The NCTSN website is home to the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma which offers over 300 free Continuing Education Certificates taught by over 50 professionals. They also offer 200+ online webinars. These trainings provide up-to-date, science-based information in areas of assessment, treatment, services, and more. Some specific information provided includes:

  • Psychological First Aid & Skills For Psychological Recovery: These skills and intervention strategies are intended for use with children, adolescents, parents and caretakers, families, and adults who are survivors or witnesses exposed to disaster or terrorism. They can also be provided to first responders and other disaster relief workers, as well as military and veteran families.
  • Service System: This offers access to resources targeted toward those working in a range of children services, including education and juvenile justice. This online service aims to centralize information for professionals and resource parents who are using “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents,” also known as the Resource Parent Curriculum.
  • Clinical Training: This section includes tools and training resources that promote the dissemination and implementation of trauma-informed health treatment.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more reviews of mental health websites. For previous reviews, visit these links:

This review was written by Steve Clevenger, LPC – a mental health professional at Garrett Counseling in Albertville, AL.