Tribal Families and Trauma Exposure

Offers resources, toolkits and publications related to tribal populations and historical trauma.

Fact Sheet: Historical TraumaFact Sheet: Historical Trauma (PDF 344KB) is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s GAINS Center publication, discussing the prevalence of historical trauma arising from living in a community experiencing severe levels of trauma, poverty, dislocation or war.

Examining the Theory of Historical Trauma Among Native AmericansExamining the Theory of Historical Trauma Among Native Americans (PDF 340KB), a 2013 publication in The Professional Counselor journal, examines the tribal population’s historical trauma experiences in relation to current substance abuse and mental illness trends.

Substance Abuse and Child Welfare in American Indian and Alaska Native FamiliesSubstance Abuse and Child Welfare in American Indian and Alaska Native Families describes the prevalence of substance use disorders, child welfare involvement and historical trauma challenges.

Behavioral Health and Tribal CommunitiesBehavioral Health and Tribal Communities is a 2011 SAMHSA presentation outline that explores prevention, trauma and justice, health reform and other issues important to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Leveraging Culture to Address Health Inequalities: Examples from Native Communities: Workshop SummaryLeveraging Culture to Address Health Inequalities: Examples from Native Communities: Workshop Summary (PDF 1.3MB) is a 2013 Institute of Medicine of the National Academies publication exploring the role of culture and trauma in health systems designed for tribal populations.

Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native WomenThe Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native Women (PDF 258KB), offered by Futures Without Violence, outlines the prevalence of trauma-exposed, tribal women and children.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeTask Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence describes this task force and advisory board that were created in response to the high levels of violence- and trauma-exposed tribal children who do not have access to needed resources.

Cultural Issues in Historical Trauma and Implications for Youth at RiskCultural Issues in Historical Trauma and Implications for Youth at Risk (PDF 322KB) is a presentation by Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D. from the Indian Country Child Trauma Center from 2007 explaining trauma, suicide and incarceration prevalence and contributing cultural factors among American Indian youth.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeThe ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study and American Indians and Alaska Native Children is a 2013 webinar that describes the findings from ACES conducted with American Indian and Alaska Native children. Research suggests that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of poor mental health in adolescents and young adulthood, increase illnesses in adulthood, poor quality of life and early death.

Childhood Trauma in Indian CountryChildhood Trauma in Indian Country is a 2013 webinar to discuss the different kinds of traumas that American Indian and Alaska Native children are exposed to and the reactions that may evolve. Children are the recipients of exceptionally high levels of trauma and stress creating for many of these children an inability to manage trauma responses and being overwhelmed by trauma reminders. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other stress-related conditions have been recognized as contributing to the inability of children to function well in home or in school.

Methamphetamine Abuse in Women of Reproductive AgeNative American tribal communities provide hope for overcoming historical trauma is an article published in Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.) explaining historical trauma issues and the historical trauma intervention model.

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