This Resource List is in progress. This List contains various books, hotlines, websites. Some are local to Philadelphia and some are national references.

Some Resources go beyond the scope of Creative Coping’s work and are listed because they may be helpful in managing transitions. Thank you to the Philadelphia Teen Summer Work Ready Contextual Learning Team of 2016 for generating some of the resources on this list.

Trauma, Growth, and miscellaneous

  • ACES Study – This is the largest long-term research study on trauma ever conducted. The ACES study, by The Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, links childhood trauma to long-term health and social consequences. It contains data from over ten years on social health determinants, childhood trauma, and environmental risk factors.
  • ACES Video by Pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD
  • Bloom, Sandra, M.D. 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.
  • Burton, C. Ed. The Power of Women: Outside the Paradigm
  • 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.
  • Epstein, J. and L. Lefkovitz. Eds. Shaping Losses: Cultural Memory and the Holocaust.
  • Frankl, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning.
  • Herman, Judith. M.D. Trauma and Recovery.
  • Hollander-Goldfein, B. Isserman, N. and Goldenberg, J. Editors. Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience, and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families.
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies – professional organization for those studying trauma, research, and policy designed to reduce traumatic stress,




































































































































































































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    • 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. – psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton studies psychological effects of war and violence.
    • MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    • Modern Loss This project grew out of two friends’ separate experiences with sudden loss and their struggle to find lay resources.
    • Moyers, Bill. Healing and the Mind.
    • NAMI National Alliance for Mental Illness
    • NIMH 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.
    • Raizman, L. Hollander-Goldfein, B. Ed. Narrative Reflections: How Witnessing Their Stories Changes Our Lives.
    • Remen, Rachel Naomi, M.D. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal.
    • Siegel, Bernie, M.D. How to Live Between Office Visits.
    • Tamboukou, M. In the fold between power and desire: Women artists’ narratives, Cambridge Scholars, 2010.
    • 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 directs and coordinates health authorities across the United Nations. WHO shapes health research agendas, sets norms, monitors and assesses health issues, and provides health assistance to countries globally. 
    • Van der Kolk, Bessel, M.D. Boston’s 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. 































































































































































































































































































































































































    Abuse and Intimate Violence
































































































































































































































































    • Child Abuse Reporting in PA. 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
    • Transgender 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
































































































































































































































































    Enrichment Resources, Family Supports
































































































































































































































































    • Police Athletic League 215-291-9000; provides educational and mentoring services
    • City Parks and Recreation Services
    • City Libraries
    • Children’s Advocacy Project provides lists of resources on their website, compiled by pediatricians of St. Christopher’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 
    • Family Empowerment, Congreso de Latinos Unidos 215-763-8870;
    • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) – provides information and services for Philadelphia seniors, care giving, and emergency resources. 215-765-9000;
    • Jewish Family Children’s Services offers an array of social services to help children, adults, seniors, and families cope with challenges across lifecycles. Social workers provide counseling to individuals and groups on life, loss, adoption, disabilities, and aging.
    • Jewish Healing Centers- There are +20 Jewish Healing Centers across North America. Centers offer training, support, and spiritual counseling based on traditions and 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 or home-bound.
    • Office of Supportive Housing 215-686-7150; provides short-term housing to those inemergency need
































































    • JEVS Human Services provides vocational training and support for job seekers, serves approximately 23,000 individuals annually.
































































































































































































































































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    • 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
































































































































































































































































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    • 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
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































    • 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
































































































































































































































































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    • Healthy Start Program
    • Young Fathers United
































































































































































































































































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    • 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