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Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems eLearning

Level: Advanced Practice – Lineworker, Supervisor, Manager

Credits: 1.5

Intended Audience: This self-paced module are for child welfare staff and partners/stakeholders who want to learn more about creating trauma-informed child welfare systems.

Description of Course: This course is a one hour self-paced eLearning module that defines trauma within the context of the child welfare system, the eleven essential elements of a trauma informed child welfare system, discussion of secondary traumatic stress, screening and treatment of trauma, and resources to create trauma-informed child welfare systems.

Intended Objectives:

  • Identify the definition of Child Traumatic Stress
  • Recognize at least 8 factors that contribute to a child’s experience and reaction to trauma
  • Define the 11 essential elements of a Child Trauma Informed Child Welfare System
  • Recognize at least 8 signs of secondary traumatic stress in professional staff and caregivers in the child welfare system.
  • Identify 2 personal and 2 systemic strategies in managing secondary traumatic stress
  • Identify 3 core components in assessing children exposed to trauma
  • Identify 5 core components of evidence based trauma treatment
  • Identify at least 3 resources for creating trauma informed child welfare systems

Topics Include:

  • Defining Child Traumatic Stress
  • Research related to Trauma Informed Practice in Child Welfare
  • Understanding trauma and how it impacts children in the Child Welfare System
  • The Eleven Essential Elements of a Trauma Informed Child Welfare System
  • Understanding the role and impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress in a Child Welfare System
  • Operationalizing Trauma Informed Child Welfare Systems
  • Screening, Assessment and Treatment for Trauma
  • Resources for treatment, training and organizational strategies for a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
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