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  • Social Work
  • Psychology
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lynne A Kellner, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Ellen R. DeVoe, PhD, LICSW
  • Kelly Cue Davis, PhD
Item#: B4211
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)

Childhood Trauma: Types, Effects, and Treatments, 2nd Edition

Price $34.95
Item # B4211
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

This intermediate-level course provides a foundation for understanding the types of trauma children experience, including both acute and chronic traumatic events, and how trauma affects the child's affective, physiological, attentional, behavioral, and relational development and abilities. Participants will learn about the factors affecting a child's response to trauma, including intrapersonal factors, family and systemic factors, cumulative traumatic exposure, and cultural considerations. The course discusses posttraumatic play and reenactment and explores how children manifest their distress posttrauma. Several kinds of trauma are discussed and case vignettes are presented to illustrate the ways traumatic experiences may manifest in children.  Children can be exposed to many different types of trauma. Child maltreatment includes emotional maltreatment, neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. Traumas within the family environment include intimate partner violence and parental substance abuse. Children can also experience situational trauma, such as childhood traumatic grief, serious childhood medical illness, and homelessness. 

The course also describes trauma related to bullying and school violence, community violence, world events (including natural disasters, terrorism and politically motivated violence), and immigration and resettlement, and includes discussions of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Boston Marathon bombings. Trauma-informed care and treatments are detailed, such as psychological first aid, trauma systems therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, play and expressive therapies, and case management. This course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, nurses, school personnel, and other healthcare providers working with trauma-exposed youth. The course may also be helpful to clinicians working with adult clients whose symptoms stem from childhood trauma.

  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditation 
  • Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

New Jersey Social WorkersThis course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1500 from 8/14/2017 to 8/14/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 4.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the evolution of childhood trauma as a biopsychosocial concept.
  • Explain the impact of trauma on a child’s development.
  • Identify mediating factors on a child’s response to traumatic experiences.
  • Identify different types of trauma that children may experience.
  • Describe treatment interventions for traumatized children and their families.

Lynne A. Kellner, PhD, received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology in 1994 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist, mostly with children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently, Dr. Kellner is a professor of behavioral sciences at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA, teaching in the human services and graduate counseling programs.

Ellen R. DeVoe, PhD, LICSW, received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, her MSW from the University of Denver School of Social Work, and her doctoral degree in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan. She is an assistant professor in the clinical practice department of the Boston University School of Social Work and founding director of its Trauma Certificate Program. Dr. DeVoe was previously an assistant professor at Columbia University School of Social Work. She served as principal investigator on a 4-year U.S. Department of Defense-funded study on family-based intervention with traumatized service members and their young children. Dr. DeVoe has written extensively on the effects of trauma and intimate partner violence on young children.

Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Dr. Davis has written extensively on the links between childhood sexual abuse and alcohol use and between childhood sexual abuse and sexual risk-taking. She has chaired the Task Force on Violence Against Women for the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychology of Women and served on the Planning Committee of the American Psychological Association Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships. Dr. Davis is an ad hoc reviewer for numerous psychology journals, including Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Violence and Victims.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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