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reducing childhood trauma


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


Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 2.5 hours

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

B:  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.CLICK HERE
C: Review: "Youth and Family Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care" and learn how identifying trauma may help to overcome it: CLICK HERE
D: Review: "Trauma-Informed Parenting: What You Should Know", to obtain valuable trauma informed parenting information: CLICK HERE
E: 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": CLICK HERE
F: Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum, add a comment to course discussion topic question: CLICK HERE

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Course Discussion 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).

  • You can't be physical, that's for sure. The best thing I have found is using a reward chart. My foster child has REALLY thrived earning and rewarding, and responds very well to not getting those rewards or celebrations.

    By 1 week 3 days ago
  • You must remember what the child has been through and allow them to express their feelings by talking it out. Seek counseling/therapy if needed. Always remember to be patient and discipline with love.

    By 1 week 4 days ago
  • When disciplining a child who has experienced childhood trauma it is important to be patient with them. You also must do so in a loving manner. Also, make sure the child is receiving services (therapy, counseling, etc., if needed).

    By 1 week 4 days ago



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