Childhood Trauma: Types, Effects, and Treatments, 2nd Edition - C6507


About Course #C6507

Release Date: May 12, 2015

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.

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 counselors, marriage and family therapists, and may also be helpful to clinicians working with adult clients whose symptoms stem from childhood trauma.

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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