For Mental Health Providers

The trauma of sexual violence has far-reaching effects on the mental and behavioral health of survivors. PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders are among numerous challenges many survivors face in the aftermath of sexual violence. Sexual assault/abuse is the most common underlying issue faced by individuals seeking mental health services, and the resources available to professionals in meeting the needs of survivors are rapidly expanding. On this page, mental health professionals will find information and resources regarding national mental health organizations, trauma-informed care, best practices, legislation, and research. For additional information, or to suggest resources for this page, please email us at

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Resources for Mental Health Providers


Mental Health Organizations

Ohio Department of Mental Health

National Association of Social Workers

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

EMDR International Association

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute


Trauma-Informed Care Resources

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Ohio Department of Health Trauma-Informed Care

National Center for Domestic & Sexual Violence, Trauma and Trauma-Informed Services

U.S Dept. of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Treatment & Trauma-Informed Care

Bibliography of Trauma Informed Child Welfare Resource

SAMHSA Disaster Kit: Arms disaster recovery workers with a toolkit on mental health awareness. Includes materials for responding effectively to the general public during and after a disaster and in dealing with workplace stress. Also includes materials for the general public.

Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress


Competencies, Best Practices & Research


Is Your Work Trauma Informed?

Clinician Self-Assessment Tool

SAMHSA’s “Addressing the Needs of Women & Girls: Developing Core Competencies for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Professionals”

The Joint Commission, Behavioral Health Care

Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s brief on mental health responses for victims of sexual violence in resource-poor settings

Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Affordable Care Act, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Benefits

National Institute of Justice Webinar: The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault



Directory of Certified Adult Sex Offender Programs in Ohio