Handouts & Worksheets

The following handouts and worksheets were developed by Jessica Dallman, MA LPC, and the WHP spring 2019 Learning Collaborative cohort. They are designed with multiple trauma-informed intentions in mind. Some documents have separate English and Spanish versions. Others have bilingual English-Spanish versions. All are freely available for community use. Note: The agencies that created the resources were all compensated with a stipend for their time and work as part of the Learning Collaborative..

Other community members have also expressed interest in sharing their trauma-informed resources here, as well. In order to add resources or request the development of a new resource, send it to info@wihawthornproject.com.

Nature-Based Practices/Prácticas de la Naturaleza

This list of embodied, nature-based practices, provides an opportunity to deepen in awareness of your relationship with nature and how your emotions and body respond to a specific aspect of nature over time. It is best used in a consultation, supervision, or therapy dynamic in which you can explore the patterns that arise with mindful non-judgment.
English Version
Spanish Version


Practices and Reflections for Resilience/ Prácticas y Refleciones para la Resiliencia

This resource was developed by Maricela Martinez and was inspired while reading “Rising Strong” by Brenè Brown, during the Learning Collaborative. It was designed with the intention of using both with staff and with adults attending groups like the Raices para el Cambio (Roots4Change) Postpartum group.

Bilingual Spanish-English Handout


Suicide Prevention

Ever find yourself at a loss for how to address suicidal thoughts, or questions from youth about how to “help a friend” who is suicidal? This document was created specific to the resources available in Milwaukee, and as a launching pad to explore resources and options during an emotional, psychological, and/or suicidal crisis. It was created by Michele Wink.
You are welcome to create your own version with your own local hotline numbers and organizations listed.
English Version
Spanish Version Coming Soon!


Leadership Worksheet/ Liderazgo

This worksheet was developed as a tool for setting goals for personal development. It has minimal text and includes pictures to make it more accessible for bilingual individuals and for people who do not have strong literacy skills. It was developed by Cassandra Lee Limas.

Bilingual English-Spanish Worksheet


This handout was developed by Marilyn Zupkoff as a tool for providers. It is a brief summary of “Lessons Learned” from “The Body Keeps the Score” by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and includes tips for professionals while dealing with a person who has experienced trauma is in a trauma-induced state of mind.
English Version
Spanish Version

Lessons I Learned/ Lecciones que Aprendí


This colorful and creative handout was developed as a tool for discussing burnout and vicarious trauma (aka a trauma-exposure response) within a supervision or team context. It was inspired from the book “Trauma Stewardship” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and developed by Cally Bucknell. It is best when printed on large 11x17 paper and used like a poster.
English Version
Spanish Version

Warning Signs/ Señales de Advertencia


The Four I’s of Oppression is an open-source framework that was developed by an anonymous group of people. It is used in the Core Curriculum as one of the lenses to approach trauma-informed work. As part of the Wisconsin Hawthorn Project, a Spanish version was translated and is available here.
English Version
Spanish Version

The 4 I’s of Oppression


What do people experience when they first enter your building? First Impressions is designed by Dawn Kay and Christy Reppe as a platform for discussions around the impact that your waiting room environment and staff may have on a first-time visitor. It includes a scenario and discussion questions.
English Version
Spanish Version

First Impressions/ Primeras Impresiones


This worksheet is designed for completing with clients/patients/participants and/or with your team. As a way to prompt conversations about coping, healing, and self-care, it also opens the door to accountability regarding our own well-being and the well-being of the community members around us. Karen Larson and Sonja Conklin designed this version with a domestic violence shelter in mind.
Bilingual English-Spanish Worksheet

Coping and Healing/ Enfrentar el Problema y Superarlo


The neuroscience of trauma and well-being can be so complex! In this handout, Priscilla Wallace breaks the theory down into brief, visually supported ideas for use with parents and other people who don’t want to get bogged down in all of the psychobabble and research. This is a great resource to pair with a presentation.
Bilingual English-Spanish Handout

Understanding the Triune Brain/ Entendiendo el Cerebro Tri-único


Due to the way in which nature can guide us towards resilience and healing, this brief review of “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer gives us a glimpse into the nature as a source of medicine/metaphor, and ancestral wisdom and healing. Julia McLester designed it as guiding reference point for reciprocity as a measure of well-being.
Bilingual English-Spanish Handout

“Braiding Sweetgrass” Review/ Repaso de “Trenzando Yerbadulce”


Aída Inuca created this bilingual handout to outline five (5) components involved in the nuance of self-care, especially when facing painful situations. Her work was inspired by reading “Trauma Stewardship” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.
Bilingual English-Spanish Handout

Self-Care/ Practicás para Cuidarse Uno


Inspired by some of the content in “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk, Yari Hernandez created this graphic chart of “top down” and “bottom-up” approaches to regulating your nervous system when distressed (hint: the more overwhelmed you are, the more important the “bottom-up” approaches will be)! This is a useful tool for almost anyone!
English Version
Spanish Version

Regulation Approaches/ Métodos de Regulación


Jessica Dallman created these double-sided, colorful cards to include inspirational quotes on one side, and trauma statistics (many Wisconsin-specific) as a tool for prompting introductions and interactions at trauma-related trainings and events. The dual nature of the cards are an example of the human need to both lean into the reality of the pain around us, and take breaks to receive the enjoyable parts of life. They are great when printed, cut-out, and laminated. 40 double-sided cards total.
English Version
Spanish Version

Quotes and Statistics Cards/ Tarjetas de Estadísticas y Citas


Nili Karul created this document as a guide for professionals while supporting youth through trauma. She outlines professional considerations, possible effects of trauma on youth, and potential treatment options when someone needs more support. It is a great tool as a reference for staff who are newer to working with trauma, or in settings that are not typically identified as places for working with trauma or mental health.
Bilingual English-Spanish Handout

Supporting Youth/ Ayudando los Jóvenes


This handout integrates lessons learned from reading “Trauma Stewardship” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky with the traditional five (5) directions philosophy used among tribes indigenous to the Great Lakes region and Turtle Island (aka North America). The front side introduces the overlapping frameworks, while the back side offers activities aligned with each of the fie directions in order to address a “trauma exposure response.” It was created by Jessica Adams.
English Version

Trauma Stewardship Activities


As a result of facing employee burnout and vicarious trauma in the Child Welfare system, Teresa Way created this outline of intentions for employee wellness within the team. It helps encourage self-care among team members and acknowledges self-care as a process of accountability within work culture that can help employees sustain their work and recover from the stressors of their everyday high-stakes work life.
English Version

Employee Well-being


Virginia Lopez created this document with parents in mind. She wanted a resource that briefly acknowledged the impact of trauma on a child’s development, while also providing resources for parents and families to address and cope with a child’s traumas, starting with the value of their relationships.
English Version
Spanish Version

Understanding a Parent’s Role


This handout was created by Ashlee Zubek in order to offer a means for a) reflecting on the impacts of working in a trauma-based job, and b) providing some resources to deal with those impacts. It reads like a set of tips from a seasoned professional, balancing both hope and resilience with difficult questions for holding yourself accountable to your own well-being.
English Version

Trauma Stewardship Self-Reflection


Stephani Storkson creating this living document as a tool to guide someone into a deeper process of introspection while completing the Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Introspection and self-reflection can help enhance our capacity for authenticity, vulnerability, and intimacy in relationships. This is an important skill for professional practice, as well as for creating meaning and belonging in life (which supports resilience)!
English Version

Enhancing Relationships through Introspection


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