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Trauma in the Lives of Children: Crisis and Stress Management Techniques for Counselors, Teachers, and Other Professionals

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Parental separation, violence in the home, seeing a shooting at school, the death of a loved one—all these events can affect a child’s development, health, socialization, school performance, family interactions, and self-esteem. Trauma in the Lives of Children uses an interdisciplinary, solution-based approach that bridges the gap between clinic and school. It explains how children react to specific types of trauma, how to recognize and address a traumatized child, and what professionals and families can do to help traumatized children.

This expanded second edition covers the nationwide movement toward School Crisis Response Teams; the DSM-IV’s new category for post-traumatic stress; and the use of EMDR as a post-trauma treatment modality. A special chapter on trauma prevention helps schools and families prepare for crises in order to keep the effects of trauma to a minimum.

This course is based on the book, Trauma in the Lives of Children: Crisis and Stress Management Techniques for Counselors, Teachers, and Other Professionals created by Kendall Johnson, Ph.D.


Hunter House Publishers

Publication Date:

1998 / Second Edition

Course Material Author

Kendall Johnson, Ph.D.

Kendall Johnson, Ph.D., is a mentor teacher, family therapist, and crisis management consultant. He is an adjunct faculty member of the California Specialized Training Institute and a professional advisory board member of the Center for Study of Psychological Trauma, in Los Angeles. Dr. Johnson teaches at a continuation school in Southern California and is a private family therapist. He is a consultant and lecturer on stress and crisis management, and has authored books for general and professional audiences, including Turning Yourself Around, Responding to Crisis, School Crisis Management, and a series of therapy workbooks for children. He holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and masters degrees in education and counseling.

Kendall Johnson, Ph.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care workers, teachers and other professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about strategies for helping traumatized children. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the role played by traumatic events in the lives of children and adolescents.
  2. Describe the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress response in children, and explain how this delayed response functions and is manifested in the lives of traumatized children.
  3. Describe the helpful, healthful steps school personnel can take in managing children's crises.
  4. Provide a general overview of what therapists can do for traumatized children within a clinical setting.
  5. Describe the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of trauma symptoms in children.
  6. Describe the ways in which families react to crisis situations and their aftereffects, including a three-stage model of family adaptation to crisis.
  7. Describe the elements of a trauma prevention curriculum.
  8. Discuss the importance of managing professional stress, including the concept of vicarious traumatization.
  9. Describe the relationship between childhood trauma and subsequent adolescent development.
  10. Become aware of some of the resources available to professionals working with traumatized children and their families.

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