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Course Summary

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Many foster children have experienced multiple traumatic events in their childhood. It’s imperative that foster parents and other child welfare stakeholders be informed about how trauma impacts the children they care for.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • about the connection between adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes
  • how response to stress can impact child and adolescent development
  • features of trauma-informed services
  • the perspective of young people who have experienced trauma
  • ways that foster parents can provide trauma-informed support to children and youth

Step 1

Learn how childhood trauma unfolds across a lifetime from Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris in the video, How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime:

Step 2

Learn what trauma is, how young people respond to trauma, and how trauma-informed services benefit young people in foster care by reading the article, "Trauma-Informed Practice with Young People in Foster Care".

Step 3

Review the JBS International article, "Youth and Family Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care" and learn how identifying trauma may help to overcome it.

Step 4

Review the Fostering Perspectives article, "Trauma-Informed Parenting: What You Should Know", to obtain valuable trauma informed parenting information. 

Step 5

Learn what the impact of untreated trauma has on a young person, understand your child’s behavior in reaction to trauma, and practical tips to help your child overcome trauma in the article "Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma".

Step 6

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

How might a parent manage discipline differently for a child who has experienced trauma? You are encouraged to use a real-life example, if you have one (but please don't use any names in your story).

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Course Discussion

KMorse19's picture

KMorse19 said:

You're going to have to think outside the box and not just take things away but rather really talk about things at first and come up with a comprised result for the action.
alikim77's picture

alikim77 said:

One example of a way a parent may manage discipline differently for a child who has experienced trauma is to celebrate small victories.
swilliams's picture

swilliams said:

new information to think on
jmhunter86's picture

jmhunter86 said:

I foster a child who experienced trauma during their child hood from neglect. This training helps me to understand their behaviors better and the long term affects it can have on them. It also provided great practical tips for helping them overcome the affects of child hood trauma.
Migdalia's picture

Migdalia said:

By setting consistent limits and praising when there are good behaviors.
PJ0923's picture

PJ0923 said:

this video was very informative
Deetripp's picture

Deetripp said:

You have to look beyond the behavior to comprehend what is going on and how to respond.
ktrickel's picture

ktrickel said:

You have to give them more chances, and more opportunities to redeem themselves. You also can't raise your voice, use physical punishment, or let them trigger you. It's hard to not be triggered, especially when tensions are running high, or if they did something they should have never done.
Joe Nichols's picture

Joe Nichols said:

It depends on the age of children but could be a time in with caregiver vs a time out
tiamnichols's picture

tiamnichols said:

My children are little but with our foster children needing to do a time in verses a time out would be better for us.