Trauma Basics for Youth Workers

Learn the basic, but critical skills to practice trauma-informed care in your work; whether you’re an educator, therapist, counselor, mentor, or other youth worker. This 2-hour course is free, completely online, and self-paced (you can login and complete at your own leisure). Register below!

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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. 

  • DEFINE: trauma within the lens of working with youth
  • DISCUSS: How trauma impacts the brain and learning 
  • REVIEW: 3 practices that foster interpersonal safety

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

American Psychological Association (APA)

2 continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists in the United States. 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. The State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE from APA sponsors for LMFTs, LEPs, LPCs, and LCSWs. Learn more herePlease 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.

Association of Social Work Boards (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) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Center for Adolescent Studies Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ACE Approval Period: (July ’18 – July ‘19). Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours.

Teachers seeking professional development (PD) please get this course approved by your school board. 

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.

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