Childhood Maltreatment Neurobiology

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Advanced

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CE Course Description

Childhood maltreatment represents a significant risk factor for psychopathology.  This advanced CE course provides the neuroendocrine findings for the association between maltreatment and atypical development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis stress response.

Author:  McCrory, E., De Brito, S., and Viding, E.  (2011, July).  The impact of childhood maltreatment: a review of neurobiological and genetic factors.  Frontiers in Psychiatry.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Explain the vulnerability hypothesis.

2.  Evaluate the genes for which linkage and association studies have implicated variants within the etiology of PTSD, depression, and antisocial behavior.

3.  Summarize what GxE research has suggested about how the environment influences risk for psychopathology and resiliency.

4.  Identify the brain region that has been shown to be particularly susceptible to structural change following abuse during the adolescent period.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Stress Systems and Early Adversity

a.  Maltreatment and the HPA System

b.  Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment

c.  Adults Who Have Experienced Maltreatment as Children

2.  Structural Brain Differences Assocaited with Maltreatment

a.  Hippocampus

b.  Amygdala

c.  Corpus Callosum and Other White Matter Tracts

d.  Prefrontal Cortex

3.  Functional Brain Differences Associated with Maltreatment

a.  Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment

b.  Adults Who Have Experienced Maltreatment as Children

4.  The Genetics of Resilience and Vulnerability

a.  Do Genetic Differences Account for Individual Differences in Resilience and Vulnerability?

b.  The Interaction of Genes and Environment in Conferring Risk or Resilience

c.  Epigenetics and the Impact of Early Rearing Environment

5.  Clinical Implications



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.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2017-12-20

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