Subject: 

  • Well-Being

Credit Hours: 

2.50

reducing childhood trauma

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

 

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).

  • I think it is important that there is not only discipline but an explanation as to why the behavior is not appropriate or against rules, etc... Sometimes the children don't know any differently. I think an explanation also helps the child see that you care about them and want them to do well rather than strictly focusing on the punishment. I have also found that setting expectations before, an outing, new situation, or a situation you know the child is not comfortable with helps cut down on problematic behaviors and then less negative discipline.

    By 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • Knowing your child and his/her triggers can be very beneficial to parenting a child who has experienced trauma. For example, I knew that my foster child had food insecurities in her birth home. She sometimes would act out when hungry because it would bring back times when she was left to fend for herself in regards to food. I knew that having regular mealtimes and snack times helped her feel secure and I knew to address the hunger before I addressed any misbehavior with this child.

    By 2 weeks 4 days ago
  • Knowing your child and his/her triggers can be very beneficial to parenting a child who has experienced trauma. For example, I knew that my foster child had food insecurities in her birth home. She sometimes would act out when hungry because it would bring back times when she was left to fend for herself in regards to food. I knew that having regular mealtimes and snack times helped her feel secure and I knew to address the hunger before I addressed any misbehavior with this child.

    By 2 weeks 4 days ago

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