This Resource List contains various resources: websites, books, and various hotline information, local to Philadelphia and nationally. Some of the Resources listed here go beyond the scope of Creative Coping’s work. The Resources are listed here because either they relate to managing transitions and may be helpful for you on your own time and/or they have proven helpful for individuals and families, and the resource is simply being listed as a possible referral or food for thought. This list is not exhaustive. Part of your work is to create your own lists in life of helpful people and information. 


Creative Coping is not liable for the resources here, is not conclusive, and does not replace seeing a medical provider. The idea is to take what you like and gently kiss the rest goodbye for others to use.


 Thank you to the Philadelphia Teen Summer Work Ready Contextual Learning Team of 2016 for generating some of the resources on this list.




Select Social Services and Online Resources


  • The ACES Study – This is the largest long-term research study on trauma ever conducted. The ACES study links childhood trauma to long-term health and social consequences. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente collected data for over ten years, specifically social health determinants, childhood trauma, and environmental and economic risk factors.
  • Youtube video on ACES Research with Pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD
  • Bloom, Sandra, M.D. Founder of Sanctuary Model, website
  • Bloom, Sandra, M.D. Creating Sanctuary and Destroying Sanctuary
  • Blumenfeld, Laura. REVENGE: A Story of Hope.
  • Bobo, K. Kendall, J. Max, S. Organizing for Social Change.
  • Brown, Brene, PhD. TED Talks: The Power of Vulnerability.
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America sponsors research and educational programs for patients and health care professionals, support for those with chronic intestinal diseases. 


Abuse and Intimate Violence


  • PA Child Abuse Reporting 1-800-932-0313;
  • Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, Women Against Abuse 1-866-723-3014;


Suicide prevention hotlines


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 1-888-333-2377
  • Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
  • Suicide Prevention, The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
  • TEXT TO CRISIS Line – TEXT ‘START’ to 741-741. Lifeline Crisis Chat at
  • Minding Your Mind – – breaking the silence on mental illness through education, providing interactive mental health programs for +100,000 college students, their families, campuses, and communities


Education and Enrichment Resources 


  • Police Athletic League 215-291-9000; provides educational and mentoring services
  • City Parks and Recreation Services




Family Support Services 


  • Family Empowerment, Congreso de Latinos Unidos 215-763-8870;
  • Children’s Advocacy Project – the website provides educational resources for children and families, compiled by pediatricians of St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • JEVS Human Services provides vocational training and support for job seekers, serves approximately 23,000 individuals annually.
  • Jewish Family Children’s Services offers an array of social services to help children, adults, seniors, and families cope with challenges that arise throughout the lifecycle. Clinical social workers counsel individuals and groups on life challenges, loss, adoption, living with disabilities, aging, and more.
  • Jewish Healing Centers With over 30 Jewish Healing Centers across North America, the centers offer training, support, spiritual counseling, and opportunities for growth with teachings based on ancient traditions and contemporary mind-body techniques.
  • Bikkur Cholim Society,, this is a guide for visiting the sick, how to be a caretaker and how to comfort people who are ill, home-bound, isolated or in distress.
  • Office of Supportive Housing 215-686-7150; provides short-term housing to those in emergency need
  • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) – provides information and services for Philadelphia seniors, caregiving information, and emergency resources. PCA often lists events for seniors in the Milestones newspaper.


Housing Services


  • Office of Supportive Housing 215-686-7150; provides short-term housing to those in emergency need
  • Project Home – provides temporary and longer-term housing for those in need based around the Greater Philadelphia area, 215-232-7272
  • Congresso Services offers some housing resources
  • Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network – provides interim housing in Northwest Philadelphia at faith based organizations




Immigration Services


  • HIAS 215-832-0900; HIAS provides a range of services to immigrants and refugees including legal support, refugee settlement, and case management. HIAS has over 450 volunteers annually who help to distribute services to immigrants.
  • Nationalities Service Center 215-893-8400; – provides services to immigrants including health, wellness, counseling, legal, integration, and career assistance


Legal Supports


  • Community Legal Services – provides low-cost legal assistance,
  • American Civil Liberties Union – defending American rights,
  • Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. Learn More. Teaching Tolerance. We know we don’t achieve equality and justice through the courts and investigative reporting alone. SPLC works to ensure a better future for our country.


 Health & Wellness Services 


  • Check your area for clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Those without expensive insurance plans may be able to see a doctor here. Some clinics are run by the City’s Department of Public Health. Translators are available.
  • Philadelphia’s 11th Street Family Health Services, Stephen and Sandra Sheller Health Center, Drexel University, offers low cost and free medical and dental care, art therapy, recreational services, nutrition classes and more 215-769-1100,
  • Mazzoni Center 215-563-0652; – provides health and wellness services to individuals who identify as lesbian gay bisexual transgender, offers therapeutic groups for addictions, eating disorders, behavioral health, and more.
  • Acupuncture, Community Acupuncture Clinics
  • Attic Youth Center – 215-545–4331 x 118;, provides mental health services to youth and teens who identify as LGBQT
  • Center for Grieving Children 267-437-3123, provides services to youth ages 5-18 who have lost a loved one, groups are divided by developmental stages
  • CHOP Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Emergency Psychiatric 1-800-879-8467;
  • Community Behavioral Health provides mental health services to Philadelphia residents on low income, contracts with the city for a variety of services and group
  • Find a Therapist – provides a directory of therapists to choose from who are located nation, once you select a therapist, check to make sure your insurance is on their plan,
  • Council for Relationships – provides counseling, professional education, and research; they also have counseling at a very low cost that is provided by their masters students who are earning their professional hours 215-382-6680;
  • On Loneliness, The Simple Cure for Loneliness by Baya Voce, TEDxSaltLakeCity,
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities – 215-685-6440;, provides a range of services across the city including and not limited to: crisis care, educational, professional training




Teen Parenting


  • Healthy Start Program
  • Young Fathers United


Free or Low-cost Resources


  • The Free Libraries of Philadelphia – includes multiple locations, main site 1901 Vine Street, free use of books, music, CDs, movies, computers, tax assistance, free classes and workshops, artists, speakers, job training. The Free Library on South Broad also has medical care located upstairs and a community room located downstairs.
  • Free Tax Assistance: Campaign for Working Families at 




  • Art-Reach makes arts events more accessible for patrons of diverse abilities, Art-Reach partners with over 200 cultural venues across Philadelphia to distribute low-cost live performance tickets to members.
  • For job postings in the Arts, go to hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
  • For low cost/free tickets to Arts events in Philadelphia, go to


 Financial Literacy


  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Community Development Studies & Education,
  • Banking Services – info on how to open a bank account and credit unions using a video from New York state Higher Education Services Corporation,
  • How to apply for student aid to help pay for college- youtube video
  • Federal student loan program site-, you must complete this form to be eligible for financial aid at colleges across the country, you will need to look up the school’s code in addition to the school’s name. When you are completing your fafsa application, you may also need your family’s latest tax information and how much you estimate to pay in taxes for the year.
  • Community College of Philadelphia – Associate’s degree is available and the credits can be transferred to a four year college to complete your Bachelors degree. CCP is more affordable and accessible.
  • Clarifi –, Clarifi offers financial counseling to help you improve credit, reduce debt and avoid foreclosure. Over 20 offices in northeast United States.
  • Budgeting, Saving, and Investing – a beginner’s guide to securing your future,
  • A free online resource to check your credit regularly, provides recommendations on how to improve your score with Equifax, TransUnion, etc





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  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies – Founded in 1985 for professionals studying trauma to share research, policy, and programs designed to reduce traumatic stress,
  • Jaworski, J. Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership
  • JOB, The Biblical Story of Job.
  • Joseph, Stephen, PhD. What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Post Traumatic Growth
  • Kushner, Harold. When Bad Things Happen to Good People
  • Levine, Peter. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
  • Lifton, Robert J. M.D. – Robert Jay Lifton is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform
  • MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Modern Loss This project grew out of two friends’ separate experiences with sudden loss, and their struggle to find resources that weren’t too clinical.
  • Moyers, Bill. Healing and the Mind.
  • NAMI National Alliance for Mental Illness
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities. A Public Health Approach to Mental Health and Traumatic Stress.
  • Post traumatic growth, This resource explores positive change that can result from a major life crisis or traumatic event. The work is supported by a systematic study of psychologists, social workers, counselors, and scholars of various traditions.
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  • Siegel, Bernie, M.D. How to Live Between Office Visits.
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  • Weingarten, Kaethe. Sorrow: A Therapist’s Reflection on the Inevitable and the Unknowable. Journal of Family Process, Vol 51, No 4, 2012.
  • Wiesel, Elie, Night.
  • Williams, M.B., PhD and Poijula, S., PhD. The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms.
  • World Health Organization WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health across the United Nations. WHO shapes the health research agenda, sets norms, monitors and assesses health issues, and provides health assistance to other countries.
  • Van der Kolk, Bessel, M.D. The Trauma Center is a program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to justice and healing. van der Kolk is the Medical Director and Founder of the Trauma Center.