Trauma-informed care has gained significant support in recent years, particularly in regard to youth support and development. This course presents the basic, introductory tenants for how practice and implement trauma-informed care in youth settings. This is a 2-hour/credit course that overviews trauma-informed care; what trauma is, how it impacts learning and the brain, and the core aspect of trauma-informed care every youth worker should know: how to foster interpersonal safety. This course is a must for anyone working with youth/adolescents who are interested in practicing trauma-informed care.
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).