Trauma Informed Care

Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth

Now recruiting for our January 2018 cohort! Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth is a completely online, semi self-paced, and affordable course designed to teach education, mental health, probation, and any other professionals working with young people the basics of a trauma-informed approach: What trauma is, how to identify it, and some basic action steps to engage trauma skillfully. Save 18% when you register during the early-bird discount period! See below!

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Course Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care

Get oriented to the course, learn the basic definitions of and experiences that lead to trauma, and reflect on potential experiences of trauma with your youth.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the course
  • Lesson 2: What is Trauma? (Part 1)
  • Lesson 3: What is Trauma? (Part 2)
  • Lesson 4: PTSD Defined
  • Lesson 5: Beyond PTSD
  • Lesson 6: Week 1 Practice Assignment (ACE Worksheet)

Week 2: The Physiology of Trauma

Trauma not only affects the mind, but the body too. In this week we learn about the effects of trauma on the brain and body.

  • Lesson 1: Trauma and the Brain (Part 1)
  • Lesson 2: Trauma and the Brain (Part 2)
  • Lesson 3: Week 2 Practice Assignment (Hindbrain Breathing)
  • Lesson 4: Fight, Flight, Freeze (Part 1)
  • Lesson 5: Fight, Flight, Freeze (Part 2)
  • Lesson 6: Mid-term quiz

Week 3: Traumatic Adaptations

The central question answered in this module is, “how does trauma manifest over time and behaviorally with our youth?” Learn how to look for signs of traumatic experience and conceptualize via a trauma-informed lens.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Traumatic Adaptations (Part 1)
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Traumatic Adaptations (Part 2)
  • Lesson 3: Engaging Traumatic Adaptations (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4: Engaging Traumatic Adaptations (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5: Engaging Traumatic Adaptations (Part 3)
  • Lesson 6: Week 3 Practice Assignment (TAP Technique)

Week 4: Trauma-Based Interventions

In this week, lessons focus on what you can do to improve your professional skills to embody a trauma-informed professional; i.e., techniques for your youth, yourself, how to generally operate from a trauma-informed lens, and how to work with triggered trauma when it arises in the moment.

  • Lesson 1: Creating a Safe Environment (Part 1)
  • Lesson 2: Creating a Safe Environment (Part 2)
  • Lesson 3: Fostering Interpersonal Safety (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4: Fostering Interpersonal Safety (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5: Working with Triggered Youth (Part 1)
  • Lesson 6: Working with Triggered Youth (Part 2)
  • Lesson 7: Personal Growth and Self-Care (Part 1)
  • Lesson 8: Personal Growth and Self-Care (Part 2)
  • Lesson 9: Final Quiz
  • Lesson 10: Course Evaluation

Live Webinar

In the last week of this course, a live webinar will be held in order to review course material and ask live questions. This will be recorded and a replay will be sent to anyone who cannot make the webinar live.

Course Objectives and Instructor

  • Define the various types of trauma
  • Discuss the current diagnostic criteria for trauma-related disorders and their limitations
  • Review the effect of trauma on the brain and central nervous system (and how this affects learning, self-regulation, and subsequent behavior)
  • Identify how symptoms of trauma may manifest for youth
  • Review the therapeutic qualities of adults necessary to skillfully enage youth affected by trauma
  • Discuss the importance of both an individualized and collective approach to healing trauma
  • Demonstrate at least 3 practices that help adults manage their emotions in the face of triggered trauma
  • Demonstrate the need for self-care in the wake of compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious traumatization

Sam Himelstein, Ph.D., works as a Licensed Psychologist (PSY25229) in the the Chemical Dependency program at Kaiser Permanente with teens and their families, in private practice in Oakland, CA, researches the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions with incarcerated and underserved adolescent populations, is an author of multiple scholarly journal articles and two books, travels the country speaking at conferences and conducting professional trainings, and is the founder and president of the Center for Adolescent Studies. Dr. Himelstein is passionate about training professionals from multiple disciplines in creating authentic, healing relationships with adolescents that contribute to positive outcomes. A formerly incarcerated youth himself, Dr. Himelstein was privileged to change his life from a path of drugs, violence, crime, and self-destruction to that of healing and transformation. His mission is to help young people become aware of the power of self-awareness and transformation, and train professionals with similar interests. Learn more about his philosophy and approach in his books: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013), and Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015).

Continuing Education (CE) Information

This course will meet criteria for continuing education (CE) for psychologists in the United States, and LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs in the State of California. The Center for Adolescent Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor CE for psychologists. The Center for Adolescent Studies maintains responsibility for all programs and its content. Please note: If you are a non-psychologist mental health professional from a state outside of California, check with your licensing committee as many accept CE from APA approved sponsors. The Center for Adolescent Studies has a current application under review with the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB) and will be pursuing credentialing from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and other mental health CE accrediting agencies. Teachers seeking professional development (PD) please get this course approved by your school board. For more information regarding CE/PD of this course and the Center for Adolescent Studies, click here.

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Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working With Youth

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Submit tuition to enroll in the Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth online course here. In this 4 week fully online course you’ll learn foundational skills and principles for becoming a trauma-informed youth worker. Whether you’re a therapist, counselor, teacher, or any type of youth worker, this course will help enhance your ability to approach trauma from a sensitive, youth-oriented perspective and be better at your job.

The Winter cohort dates for this course are: January 22nd – February 20th, 2018

When checking out you’ll be prompted to create a username and password. These will serve as your login credentials to access the course. A welcome email will be sent with all details upon purchase of the course.

Start your journey of becoming a Trauma-Informed Therapist, Educator, or any type of Youth Worker and help Teens Thrive today!!!

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