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

Learn trauma-informed care by a leading expert in working with teenagers and join a 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, affordable, and lifetime access.

Fall registration is now closed (Course Dates: January 28th – February 26th, 2019)

Watch the video below to learn more about the training and scroll down to register!!

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)

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

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)

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

At the end of the 4th week of this course, a live webinar will be held in order to review course material and ask live questions. This is optional. This will be recorded and a replay will be sent to anyone who cannot make the webinar live. Note: time watching the live webinar or the recording of the live webinar is not eligible for CE credits and does not count toward overall CE for eligible professionals

Content Access

This is technically a 4-week online course. The way access to content works is that each week, that week’s content will become accessible. For example, during week 1, you have access to all of the lessons of week 1. You cannot skip ahead and complete all of the coursework in that first week. You can always catch up if you’re behind (e.g., complete week 1’s lesson during week 2).

Certificate of Completion

While lifetime access is granted for course participants, obtaining your certificate of completion can only be done by completing all lessons and taking and passing the mid-term and final quiz, and filling out the course evaluation. After the 4th week, there is a 2-week grace period to finish all lessons and above mentioned coursework to obtain your certificate of completion. When finished with all above lessons, your certificate of completion will be available for download in your course dashboard.

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  • Fill in your information; including creating a username and password (you’ll need this to access the course)
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  • 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.

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. This course is 4-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.

  • 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 Information

8 continuing education (CE) credits 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 submitted an application for consideration for Social Work CE for which this course will be considered an intermediate level course, and plans to submit in the near future to 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. 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.

Winter 2019 Cohort Details

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 2019 cohort dates for this course are: January 28th – February 26th, 2019 (optional live webinar 2/22/19)

There is also a 2-week grace period following the last week (2/26/19 – 3/12/19) 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.

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