Childhood Trauma: Types, Effects, and Treatments, 2nd Edition - B4211


About Course #B4211

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.

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

New Jersey Social Workers - This 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.

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

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

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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