Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents 

Nearly 35 million children in the United States experience one or more traumatic events in their lives (National Survey of Children’s Health, 2012). These events include abuse, natural disasters, and community violence that can lead to mental disorders. In this course, you will learn about the different mental disorders that often develop in children and adolescents who have been exposed to trauma. You also will gain a basic understanding of the most effective treatments for these disorders. With a blend of interactive exercises, this course offers a number of practical strategies that you can apply in your own setting to better care for children exposed to trauma and other stressors. DSM™ and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-OTSRD-V2
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Describe at least 2 mental disorders that children and adolescents often develop as a result of trauma and other stressors.
Identify at least 3 therapeutic strategies that help children who have been exposed to trauma.
Summarize the most commonly used treatments for trauma-related problems.
Cite at least 3 causes of traumatic stress for children and for adolescents.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Trauma and Other Stressors A. Myth or Fact? Test Your Knowledge! B. Meet Jenny C. Did You Know? D. Traumatic Events E. Trauma F. Trauma vs. Stress G. Resiliency H. Developmental Considerations I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Trauma-Related Disorders A. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder B. Types of PTSD Symptoms C. Dissociation D. Acute Stress Disorder E. Let’s Practice F. Major Depressive Disorder G. Behavioral Disorders and Problems H. Self-Harm Behaviors I. Adjustment Disorders J. Dissociative Disorders K. Review L. Summary Section 4: Practical Strategies to Help Children and Adolescents Impacted by Trauma A. Addressing Negative Thoughts and Improving Self-Talk B. Managing Stress and Emotional Control C. Routines D. Let’s Practice E. Building Safety in the Environment F. Attachment G. Boundaries H. Supporting the Development of Skills I. Suicide Prevention J. Let’s Practice K. Behavior Modification L. Role of Parental Involvement M. Culture N. Awareness of Your Reactions O. Review P. Summary Section 5: Treatment Options for Problems Related to Trauma A. Meet Jane B. Match the Core Components of Trauma Interventions C. Therapeutic Treatments D. Medication Management E. Parental Involvement F. Let’s Practice G. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam

Instructor: Bridgett Ross, PsyD
Bridgett Ross, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University at the San Diego campus. She completed pre-doctoral internships at Children's Hospital Chadwick Center for Children and Families where she provided psychotherapy to children who had experienced trauma. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente, which included diverse training in working with adults and children using evidence-based practices. Upon graduation, Dr. Ross worked for 4 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs conducting PTSD assessments and psychotherapy with military veterans and active duty service members. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Alvarado Parkway Institute providing inpatient and intensive outpatient interventions. For the last decade, she has worked in private practice treating various issues, with a focus on anxiety and mood disorders.  She has worked as a subject matter expert with Relias since 2013.


Disclosure: Bridgett Ross, PsyD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Naju Madra, M.A.

Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.

In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.

Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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