Disasters and traumatic events can happen to anyone at any time. Despite our best efforts to protect children and adolescents from experiencing disasters or trauma, it is impossible to shelter them from every potentially traumatic event. Children exposed to traumatic events and disasters are particularly vulnerable to complicated physical and emotional responses, in part due to their limited life experiences. Adults working with children facing these situations must understand how children react to trauma, as well as how to differentiate adaptive coping responses from those requiring more intervention. In this course, you will learn how trauma impacts children and adolescents, along with the risk factors that place children in greater jeopardy for maladaptive responses to the event. You will learn to recognize typical responses by age and when to seek professional help. This course provides you with clear information about how to apply best practices outlined by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the American Red Cross when working with children exposed to violence and disasters. Note: Throughout this course, for the purpose of brevity, child will refer to child and adolescent. Also, the focus of this course is on responses to natural disaster, violence, and acts of terrorism. This course is not focused on child trauma from child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network regularly provides information regarding treatments and best practices for victims of child abuse and neglect.