Trauma-Informed Care for Professionals Working with Youth

Enrollment open for the August 2017 cohort (August 14th – September 12th, 2017)! 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. Cost: $120 for over 10 hours of content!

Course Outline

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: Understanding our own experiences

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: Fight, Flight, Freeze (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4: Fight, Flight, Freeze (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5: Hind-brain Breathing
  • 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: Traumatic Adaptations (“Behaviors”) over time
  • Lesson 2: Working with Resistance from a Trauma-Informed Lens
  • Lesson 3: Practice Scenario for Resistance and Trauma

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: The Foundation, The Relationship
  • Lesson 2: Trauma-Based Interventions
  • Lesson 3: Self-Care
  • Lesson 4: Final Quiz
  • Lesson 5: Course Feedback
  • The final aspect of this course is the live webinar where we’ll review content and have a live Q&A session between the course instructor and participants.

Learning Objectives
  • 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
Continuing Education 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. The Center for Adolescent Studies offers continuing education units (CEUs) to LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs, and any other professional license governed through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider # 4988). 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 is submitting applications for the National Association of Social Work (NASW), 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.

About the Instructor

Sam Himelstein, Ph.D., works as a Licensed Psychologist (PSY25229) in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center (ACJJC) and 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).

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