Resources and Reflections

Peer Recovery

I hope you enjoy this post … you can hear me review this post as well at the following link About 3 years ago I was on a stage in Williamsburg, Virginia. Funny enough, the conference was being held inside of the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, a place I had often been with my […]

Community Resilience

  Next Generation Health … a few thoughts So I have had the good fortune to travel internationally this year to share the story of trauma and resilience. Above is a picture of me with 4 amazing young girls from a village I visited in Guatamala. Now I speak very little Spanish and they spoke […]

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Reflections on Purpose

I am so excited you are here and joining us today. Where we have been:  As of this April 2018, Integration Solutions has been in business for 6 years. Hard for me to believe. In the beginning I remember traveling once a month to a few libraries in the Tidewater Virginia area where I use […]


Trauma Informed care and resilience resources.

As the literature from attachment, neuroscience and trauma informed practice continues to explode, I have tried to create resources that will be helpful to both consumers and  providers (and for those of us that are both) who are trying to stay current in the field.

Please let me know how these resources may be helpful to you and how I can continue to improve these resources gathered from the current literature I have read ...

Dr. Allison Jackson-Dyer's Dissertation Work and Research Interests: 

My dissertation focused on improving the knowledge, attitudes, and assessment and intervention behaviors of mental health providers who worked primarily with children with externalizing behaviors. Please find below a link here to my final dissertation ...


In my opinion, top sites to get current trauma information:

NCTSN website:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has so much information to offer all parts of the system of care in becoming trauma informed and using the best available science to guide the way. Here are some of my favorite NCTSN resources in the area of trauma

ACES Connections:

Committed to keeping all of us connected on the ACEs, Resilience and Bouncing Forward Movement … this is a great site to get linked up with;

ACEs Too High:

Lots of great and updated information on ACES as a health issue:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Child Welfare Information Gateway:

For more information about Trauma and its impact on Health:

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health has created a remarkable tool that Center of Medicaid helps keep updated …

CDC and ACES Studies:

Bruce Perry and Child Trauma Academy:  

Trauma Informed Therapy Practices I am very supportive of:

There are many great evidence informed and evidence based trauma therapy approaches. I always recommend folks ask questions of their mental health providers about their approach to trauma treatment. I also always recommend trauma therapists stay up to date on best practices.

That said … my favorite is Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Here is some information and resources below:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) website:

I am also a big supporter of Dr. Ricky Greenwald’s work and particularly his Progressive Counting Work:

Additionally, the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute is a great resource for more information about trauma and therapeutic approaches and research:

Trauma Screening and Assessment:

NCTSN Guidance and Screening and Assessment for Children

Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) Training Home Page:

In 2005, the Chadwick Center for Children and Families created the intervention model, Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  TAP incorporates a multifaceted assessment process to enable clinicians to gain an in-depth understanding of the child, their developmental level, their traumatic experience, and the family, community and cultural system in which the child lives. This information is used to effectively triage and treat the child and family and to assist the clinician in making decisions throughout the treatment process.

Tools for educating children and families:

Multiplying Connections has lots of great information for caregivers and professionals. I love their Amazing Brain Series and their booklet called “Partnering with Parents”

Walla Walla Washington has been a pillar in the education and practice of ACEs and Resilience

NCTSN offers a variety of resources in educating individuals about complex trauma:

Information on Trauma Informed Social Emotional Competence Programs:

Hawn Foundation and Teaching Mindfulness to Children/Parents:

Second Step Program for Building a Positive School Climate:

Active Caring Movement: Teaching Active Caring in Schools:

Emote: Care before Crisis:

Identify, support and track student social, emotional and behavioral outcomes in real-time. 

Check this out

NOTE: Dr. Jackson is currently partnering with Emote and schools across the country to promote social emotional competence building and using this information to actively promote the health of students. 

Vicarious Trauma Tools:

University of Buffalo’s School of Social Work:

Offers a great self care starter tool kit

Trauma Stewardship:

Self Compassion Work:

Dr. Kristin Neff’s work is AMAZING and I can tell you that it has been one of the two biggest keys in my own work.

Dr. Brene Brown's Work:  and

Dr. Brene Brown’s work is the NUMBER ONE place I go to do my own work as well as a place I lead other professionals and persons with lived experience

NOTE: Dr. Jackson is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF) and a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator (CDTLF)