The Definition of Trauma

Trauma is the result of the impact from adverse life experiences.  The experience could be a one time event or the experience of a continuation of events; the impact will depend on the person.

When thinking about trauma and its impact, it may be helpful to examine the topic from several different aspects; the biology of trauma, the impact of trauma on the person/their caregivers and the workforce as well as causes of trauma such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). 
Each section below provides resources and a brief description of the type of information available through each link. 
Explanantion of Trauma for Children


Explanantion of Trauma- General


​​This manual was created by Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre and Klinic Community Health Centre, it can be used to educate health care and service providers how to incorporate a trauma informed care approach into their treatment of individuals. By identifying the qualities and characteristics essential to building trust with individuals whose mental and physical well-being has been affected by trauma. 
Trauma Toolkit

Articles and Websites 

OMH News October 2018 Issue: Recovery from Trauma:

Intergenerational Trauma:

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Children:


Adminstration for Children and Families Trauma Resources Guide:

ACEs Too High- Childhood Trauma:


Videos   (Click on the link to follow the link or the picture when available)

Articles/Websites  (Click on the link to follow the link or the picture when available)

Infographs          (Click on the link to follow the link or the picture when available)

Resilience, Retraumatization, Vicarious Retraumatization, Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth, and Post-Traumatic Growth 

Infograhics/Charts ​​​        (Click on the link)

Toolkits  ​     (Click on the link)

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (Office for Victims of Crime):

Websites      (Click on the link to follow the link)

Definition and Information: Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre:

Resources  (Click on the link to follow the link)

Transforming Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Satisfaction:

Headington Institute/ Understanding & Addressing Vicarious Trauma: 


UB School of Social Work Self-Care Toolkit and Information:

Self-Care Tips for Helpers:

Self-Care for Trauma Psychotherapists and Caregivers: Individual, Social and Organizational Interventions: