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The International Center to Heal Our Children: Our Resources

Immediately following the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, the ICHOC staff responded to the needs of children and families in the Washington, DC region. Crisis response, outreach and educational efforts were provided to schools, communities, and families throughout the region. These resources are intended to help families and schools with those needs. The program continues to to focus on training professionals and parents to better understand child and adolescent stress responses and resiliency-building strategies to use with children so that they can better cope and heal from traumatic events.

Hands-on Approaches to Helping Children Heal from Traumatic Events
by Lisa Diamond-Raab, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, CP, Paramjit Toor Joshi, MD, Shulamit Michal Lewin, MHS, and Shari Goddard
This new 158-page, full color book is the sequel to the Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism, and provides concrete examples of expressive strategies to use with children following traumatic events. This resource will be invaluable to parents, school teachers, health and mental health providers, and other caring adults who play a part in helping children heal from trauma. Come explore play, art, music, drama, and movement activities that help to foster resilience and healing. Examples of children’s art work and creative writing are included throughout the book.
Click here to download handbook or view sample page.

Download our new order form now to receive our new rates. For more information about how to order, please call 202-476-2434.

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Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism
by Paramjit T. Joshi, MD Shulamit M. Lewin, MHS, and Deborah A. O'Donnell, PhD (2002)
This publication, published initially in September 2002, has been disseminated broadly throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region as well as throughout the United States and abroad. Schools, children's hospitals, community centers, ambulance services, rural hospitals, EMS services, mental health professionals, and parents have requested copies of the publication. This comprehensive handbook was developed to:


  • Provide teachers, parents, school staff, child care providers, and others who take care of children with information about how to recognize normal child reactions to stress.
  • Explain how to recognize and understand the stages of grief in children and adolescents.
  • Describe common ways that children of different ages cope with stress.
  • Explain how to identify children who need help and are at risk for long-term stress related conditions.
  • Provide guidelines to answer common questions children and adults ask following acts of violence, disasters, and terrorism.
Click on the picture to download, or order a hard copy through ICHOC. A minimal fee will be charged for each individual hard copy to help cover printing, postage and handling fees. Download the new order form now. The order form will allow you to order a Spanish version too. For more information about how to order hard copies of the English or Spanish versions, please call 202-476-2434.

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The Handbook of Frequently Asked Questions Following Traumatic Events: Violence, Disasters, or Terrorism - Spanish Edition
Manual de Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente Cuando Ocurren Eventos Traumaticos: Violencia, Desastres o Terrorismo.
The ICHOC is committed to distributing educational resources to all communities, including multicultural and ethnic communities. Efforts to translate all materials into Spanish and other languages as well as to ensure the cultural competency of the materials is ongoing. This translation was made possible through a grant from the Child Health Center Board and the ChevronTexaco Foundation.

Manual de Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente Cuando Ocurren Eventos Traumaticos: Violencia, Desastres o Terrorismo ¡Una versión en español está ahora disponible!

Haga sobre la figura para descargar o para comprar una copia. El precio mínimo cobrado por copia ayuda a solventar los costos de impresión, empaque y correo. Para obtener más información sobre cómo obtener copias de las versiones en inglés y en español, por favor telefonee al 202-476-2434 (llamada internacional 1-202-476-2434).

Esta traducción fue hecha con el apoyo financiero del Child Health Center Board y de la fundación ChevronTexaco.

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Fact Sheets For Healing Series

This series provides information on various topics in an easy to read format and are available as downloadable documents. These fact sheets were designed for use by parents, teachers and other caregivers. If information found in the below documents is reproduced in any way, the following statement must be included with the information: "Source: International Center to Heal Our Children, Department of Psychiatry, Children's National Medical Center." Fact sheets include: Please see below for more information and to download the fact sheets.

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  • For Parents and Families:

    Helping Children with the Psychological and Emotional Aftermath of an Earthquake - English | Spanish: A fact sheet developed in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti (January, 2010). Includes good information to help children and families impacted by the disaster.
    Children and Traumatic Stress - English | Arabic:
    To answer essential questions about the impact of a traumatic experience on a child, the ICHOC has developed the "Children and Traumatic Stress" fact sheet. Normal reactions, symptoms of more serious emotional problems, and ways to help children recover are discussed.
    Preparing Your Family for Disasters - Brochure, Fact Sheet: When a traumatic event threatens your family, there are important basic ways that you can prepare yourself and your children.
    Children and War: How Can We Help?: In response to children's questions and fears about war, "Children and War: How Can We Help?" is designed to help parents and teachers talk to children about war. ICHOC has created this resource with frequently asked questions, warning signs and suggested coping strategies to use with children.
    Talking with Children About a Flu Pandemic: There has been a lot of concern in the international media recently about the avian flu and the possibility that it could cause a human flu pandemic. The ICHOC has developed the "Talking with Children about a Flue Pandemic" fact sheet to help adults answer children's questions about the flu.
    Helping Children Cope After a School Shooting: In response to a school shooting tragedy, many children may have questions and concerns. Helping Children Cope After a School Shooting offers suggestions to help guide parents, teachers, and other caring adults to best support children who may be grieving, concerned, or troubled by a school shooting.
    Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Recent severe hurricanes have been very traumatic for our nation's children. The "Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of a Hurricane" fact sheet discusses the impact of hurricanes on young people and provides suggestions for how to help them cope after a hurricane has disrupted their lives.
    Children and Flying Fears: Being in an airplane can be scary for children. Some children are more fearful about flying now than in the past because they are aware that airplanes have been targeted by terrorists. The "Children and Flying Fears" fact sheet provides tips that adults can sue to help relieve children's fears and make air travel less scary.

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  • For schools and Teachers:

    Being Disaster Ready: Recommendations for Schools: This fact sheet contains recommendations for schools to help them become prepared for traumatic events so that they can respond effectively if an actual event occurs. Educational programs for staff, resiliency programs for students, community communication plans, and disaster drills are discussed.
    Responding to a Crisis: Tips for Schools: This fact sheet contains tips for actions a school should take during the first critical moments after a traumatic event occurs in a school, through to longer term, recovery-oriented actions. It also includes practical tips for dealing with the media during a school crisis.
    Helping Children Heal After a Traumatic Event: Suggestions for the Classroom: This fact sheet provides school teachers with practical suggestions for helping make their classrooms places where children can recover emotionally after a traumatic event.
    Disaster Self Care Action Plan for School Teachers: This fact sheet walks teachers through the preparations they should make for the possibility of a future traumatic event and provides a checklist of recommended actions for taking care of their mental health after an event has occurred.

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  • For Clinicians:

    Weapons of Mass Destruction Patient Care Guidelines: Terrorism in any form aims to create terror, and therefore in turn can create psychological instability in a community or even a country as a whole. Terrorism that uses weapons of mass destruction (WMD) carries with it unique challenges for healthcare providers. The "Weapons of Mass Destruction Patient Care Guidelines" fact sheet provides medical professionals with information about the physiological and psychological effects of specific types of WMD agents, as well as general information about the assessment and management of the psychological consequences of trauma and terrorism. These guidelines were developed by the staff of Children's National Medical Center through a grant received from HRSA-HCO2004 BHAP4 20001 40 0409, Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response through the DC Department of Health.

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Depression and Bipolar Disorder Resources

Day for Night: Recognizing Teen Depression.
Produced by Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association; Available Now in DVD or VHS format!

A 26-minute DVD offering an in-depth look at the signs, symptoms and treatment of teenage depression. The DVD features the true stories of teenagers and their struggles with clinical depression and bipolar disorder as well as interviews with their friends and families and mental health professionals. This DVD is suitable for teens, teachers, counselors, and physicians. Bonus features include the following interviews:

Dr Kay Redfield Jamison: the importance of talking with teenagers about depression; Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison: the symptoms of depression and bipolar illness; Dr. Paramjit T. Joshi: medications and the treatment of depression; Curtis Adamo: college and life since making Day For Night; Dr. Karen L. Swartz: the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP); Sandra Durfee: strategies for using Day For Night in the classroom; Hailey Rodwell Dart: the story behind Day For Night.

Clinical Depression and Bipolar Illness: Frequently Asked Questions, A Handbook for Teens
by Sallie P. Mink, R.N., B.S., edited by Paramjit T. Joshi, M.D.; Produced by Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, 2006.

A resource for adolescents, parents, teachers, and counselors; a quick reference guide for those who would like to learn more about the signs, symptoms, behaviors, and characteristics of adolescents battling clinical depression and bipolar illness.

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