Thank you for your interest in the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ TED Talk and book (The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity) raises awareness on how early adversity can impact physical and mental health outcomes. CYW is working to establish standard screening and treatment protocols to improve the health of children and adolescents exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Given our scope of work, we cannot respond to specific questions about professional resources or provide clinical opinions to individuals who are not our patients.
The materials contained on this Resource page are made available for educational purposes only and are not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental health professional.
Please note that we are unable to respond to voicemail or email messages left by individuals seeking referrals, treatment recommendations or clinical consultations. Individuals experiencing urgent medical or psychiatric concerns should call 911 or their local emergency service agency for immediate assistance.
We believe the most promising healing practices for toxic stress for both children and adults include:
Regular Exercise/Physical Activity
Psychotherapy and/or Psychiatric Care
Additional information and resources can be found at Stress Heath.
We recommend that individuals speak to their physician/primary care provider about ACEs-related concerns and discuss how to integrate these six elements into their care. Your provider may have referral recommendations and/or treatment options available.
Individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts should consult with their primary care provider and/or behavioral health provider (i.e. therapist, counselor) immediately. For urgent clinical concerns, individuals should call 911 for immediate assistance.
Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family. It may even save a child’s life.
Center for Youth Wellness provides information on its website and through its publications as a public service. We cannot respond to specific questions regarding personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, professional resources available in your area, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions.
If you or your child need access to a medical professional, consider using these resources to locate the services you need:
Your insurance provider: Contact your insurance company for a list of providers included in your insurance plan. If you are part of an HMO or other managed care insurance plan, you will have a primary care physician (PCP). Considered “general practitioners,” primary care doctors’ scope of practice and skills are intended to allow for basic diagnoses and treatment of common conditions. When necessary, a referral to a specialist will be made for more complex evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for a list of pediatricians in your area. Click here to access AAP’s “Find a Pediatrician” referral service.
If someone’s life is in danger, call 911 or your local emergency number.
If you believe you or your child might benefit from the services of a mental health professional, consider using these resources to locate the services you need:
Your Primary Care Physician (PCP): If you are part of an HMO or other managed care insurance plan, your primary physician can refer you to a specialist or therapist.
Your insurance provider: Contact your insurance company or “behavioral health care organization” for a list of mental health care providers included in your insurance plan.
SAMHSA’s Mental Health Services Locator for information about mental health resources and services.
The nearest National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Center: Click here for a list of all NCTSN-affiliated centers by state.
District branches of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for names of APA members in your area: Click here to find your APA district branch online.
The psychiatry or psychology department at a teaching hospital or medical school in your community.
National Association of Social Workers’ Register of Clinical Social Workers.
American Psychological Association (APA) for a list of psychologists in your area: Call 1-800-964-2000 or access APA’s list online.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) for general information for families and their Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder.
International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) for resources and their Find a Clinician tool.
Phone: 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368)
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Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
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No official endorsement by the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred. The materials contained on this site are made available for educational purposes only and are not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental health professional. Information about diagnosis and treatment that appears on this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a physical or mental health problem without consulting a qualified professional. You are advised to consult your health care provider about your personal questions or concerns.
Links to external websites are provided for convenience of reference only and are not intended as an endorsement by CYW of the organization or individual operating the host web site or a warranty of any type regarding the host web site or the information on that site. Please let us know about existing external links which you believe are inappropriate and about specific additional external links which you believe ought to be included.
Center for Youth Wellness is not a crisis center. Those experiencing urgent medical or psychiatric concerns should dial 911 or their local emergency agency for assistance. We are unable to respond to messages requesting referrals, treatment or clinical consultations from individuals who are not our patients.