Join thousands of trauma-informed youth professionals from all over the globe

Learn concrete, actionable skills to practice trauma-informed care with youth. Join our community of thousands from literally all over the world! If you are a therapist, educator, mentor, coach, or another youth professional, this course is for you! Completely online and lifetime access!!!

Fall 2019 registration is now closed (Course Dates: September 16th, 2019 – November 11th, 2019)

Course Syllabus

  • Week 1: Review of introductory trauma course + expansion of key concepts and practices
  • Week 2: Advanced approaches to fostering safe, trusting, and authentic relationships with youth
  • Week 3: Front loading your classroom, group, or other environment with daily trauma-informed practices and principles
  • Week 4: Working with triggered youth
  • Week 5: Foundations for working with resistance
  • Week 6: Advanced approaches to working with triggered and resistant youth
  • Week 7: Trauma-specific and mindfulness interventions
  • Week 8: Training others in the trauma-informed perspective (colleagues, supervisors, employees, and the general public)
  • Scroll down and click “add to order” (you can only add one purchase per order. For group registrations, please contact us)
  • Fill in your information; including creating a username and password (you’ll need this to access the course)
  • Agree to the terms and services
  • Place your order and you’re set! 
  • To access the course, click on “my account/login” in the upper right and then “my courses.” Course access will be available on the first day of the training.

The Advanced Trauma-Informed Care Toolkit for Youth Workers is a completely online and semi self-paced course designed to teach education, mental health, probation, and any other professionals working with young people advanced techniques and actionable skills regarding trauma-informed care with youth roughly aged 10-25. This training is a “level 2” training the follows the introductory course: Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth. For this first cohort, the introductory course is not a pre-requisite and anyone can sign up, with the understanding that many concepts will be referenced from it.  This course is 8 weeks long with a start and stop date, and a 2-week grace period to fulfill all requirements (all lessons, quizzes, and evaluations) to get a certificate of completion.

  • Review the various types of trauma
  • Present an Ecological Systems approach to complex trauma 
  • Review the effect of trauma on the brain and central nervous system 
  • Review the Polyvagal Theory and it’s relevance to the central nervous system  
  • Present at least 4 concrete, actionable techniques to build trust and safety in relationships
  • Discuss “daily practices and policies” for developing a trauma-informed classroom, group, or other context
  • Review the therapeutic qualities of adults necessary to skillfully engage youth affected by trauma
  • Discuss the importance of both an individualized and collective approach to healing trauma
  • Discuss the importance of cultural safety and the impact of oppression on trauma
  • Present 3 advanced approaches to working with resistance
  • Demonstrate how to teach trauma-impacted youth self-regulation skills 
  • Demonstrate at least 6 mindfulness practices for youth impacted by trauma
  • Review evidence-based treatment models for youth impacted by trauma
  • Define vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout
  • Present a rationale for the need for sustained self-care
  • Demonstrate 3 ways to develop a sustained self-care practice
  • Review methods for sharing trauma-informed approaches with colleagues
  • Present a methodology for conducting trauma-informed care trainings with colleagues, agencies, and the general public

Sam Himelstein, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY25229) based in Oakland, CA. He has worked in juvenile halls, chemical dependency settings, schools, outpatient hospitals, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, in community settings, and in private practice with teens and their families. Dr. Himelstein is an author of multiple scholarly journal articles and three books, travels the country speaking at conferences and conducting professional trainings, and is the founder and president of the Center for Adolescent Studies. He 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), Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015), and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness With Teens: A Guide for Mental Health Clinicians (Norton, 2019).

Continuing Education Information

20 continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists in the United States, and LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs in the State of California. 

APA: 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. 

ASWB: The Center for Adolescent Studies Inc. (1640) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Center for Adolescent Studies Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ACE Approval Period: (7/5/2018 – 7/5/2019). Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 20 continuing education clock hours.

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. If you have a specific request, training accommodation, or grievance you need to submit, please visit our requests page and all efforts will be made to address your needs.

Fall 2019 Cohort Details

Submit tuition to enroll in the Advanced Trauma-Informed Care ToolKit for Youth Workers online course here. In this 8 week fully online course you’ll learn advanced, actionable skills and principles for continuing your journey as 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 Fall 2019 cohort dates for this course are: September 16th – November 11th, 2019 (optional live webinars;  10/11/19 + 11/08/19)

There is also a grace period following the last week to finish all lessons, complete the midterm and final quizzes, and fill out the course evaluation in order to obtain your certificate of completion. After that, you will have lifetime access to the course material but a certificate of completion will not be available.

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.

If you are licensed and wish to have your license type/number reflected on your certificate, please enter that information after your last name (i.e., Smith, 1234). Additionally, you can also request this from CAS after the fact.

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

The Fall cohort registration is now closed. Please check back shortly for information on the next cohort

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