Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Youth

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CE Course Description

For children and youth who experience child abuse or neglect and associated trauma, brain development may be interrupted, leading to functional impairments.  This CE course summarizes what healthcare professionals can do to promote healthy brain development for this vulnerable group of children and youth and put families and service providers in touch with the most effective, evidence-based interventions.

Author:  Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2017, September). Supporting brain development in traumatized children and youth. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain the findings for the correlations between childhood abuse and neglect and altered brain functioning.

2.  Compare and contrast the different treatments available for trauma-affected children and youth.

3.  Give three examples of how healthcare professionals can help parents and caregivers understand child development.

4.  Analyze the outcomes for which early intervention services result in greater developmental progress of participating children.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Understanding Trauma and Brain Development

2.  Abusive Head Trauma

3.  Encouraging Healthy Brain Development

a.  Preventing Trauma

b.  Enhancing Caregiver Interactions and Building Relationships

c.  Supporting Brain Development in Older Children

4.  Screening Children for Services and Working With Other Providers

a.  Early Intervention

b.  Quality Early Care and Education

c.  Schools and Communities

d.  Child Welfare and Education Collaboration

e.  Mental Health

5.  Treatment for Trauma-Affected Children and Youth

a.  Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup

b.  Child-Parent Psychotherapy

c.  Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

d.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

e.  Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma

f.  Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

g.  Trauma Systems Therapy

h. Mindfulness Meditation

i.  Coping With Trauma



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


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Added On: 2018-06-04

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