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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).

  • It is important to address disrespectful behavior with youth that have experienced trauma. But I am realizing that it is most important that the youth's experience with me does not become of source of trauma. So, get as much information as you can about a young person before you bring them into your home and let them know exactly what you expect of them in the beginning and ask what they expect from you. I have found that in addition to these things, prayer helps me deal with the bad attitude and the emotional roller coasters and shifts the atmosphere to one of peace so that I can recall that am here to help the youth get better. So, I continue to address disrespectful behavior, speak as calmly as possible, and have decided that I will not walk away from this youth. Because I know that if I don't help them address these issues, they will be a source of greater frustrations in the future.

    Thank you for this informative lesson on trauma. It has been very helpful and timely.

    By 2 days 11 hours ago
  • Fosters parents have to understand that they don't know what traumatic experience the children have gone through prior to being placed in their care. The children will require lots of love and compassion in order to help them cope and overcome what they have gone through.

    By 1 week 3 days ago
  • We are the adults and we can get through this for them. We can only imagine what they have been through, but they are the ones who have experienced it. Love them for who they are, children. What they have been through is only part of their story, there is so much more to be discovered.

    By 1 week 4 days ago



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