Highly Recommended

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information and resources for children and their families, child welfare professionals, teachers and schools, legal professionals, and medical professionals. Users can explore the different types of trauma, treatment options, recommended reading lists, and more. The site is recommended as a resource for those seeking to know more about pediatric trauma.

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Review Date: 5/7/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The website features prominent categories that are easy to find and use. The site's search bar is powerful and gives users several different ways to filter results. Additionally, each page includes helpful breadcrumbs so that visitors know where they are and how they can return to previous pages.

Visual Design

The site's visual design is simple, but there appear to be a variety of different layouts depending on which part of the website is being accessed. This variation can be jarring and can prevent readers from getting familiar with the website.

Quality

The website provides numerous resources for victims of many types of childhood trauma as well as their caretakers. The website covers general information, treatments, screening, resources, and much more. Even though the website rarely cites its references, the information appears to be of a high quality and helpful for general readers.

Credibility

Individual authors are not identified, but the National Child Traumatic Stress Network steering committee and advisory board are credible and responsible for generating the site's content. The site is also administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and coordinated by UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. There are over 150 affiliate centers and individuals, including hospitals, universities, and community-based programs in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Pros

  1. Information about a variety of childhood traumas and dealing with trauma, evaluating and treating victims, and prevention
  2. Clinical resources for children and their families, childwelfare professionals, teachers and schools, legal professionals, and medical professionals
  3. Content was created to implement the Children’s Health Act passed by congress in 2000

Cons

  1. Some of the content may be outdated
  2. Navigation within sections is cumbersome

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Webinars, guides, fact sheets, videos, training seminars for caretakers, FAQs

Languages: English, some Spanish

Contact: rpynoos@mednet.ucla.edu