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0.2 CEU

Putting on Your Trauma Lens: Recognizing and Responding to Child Adversity

Course Summary

Students of all ages often experience significant adversity, events which effect their ability to function in the classroom and beyond.  Expanding evidence from molecular biology, genomics, immunology and neuroscience links the early experience of trauma with subsequent impacts on health, development, behavior and academic achievement.  Yet childhood experience does not need to define anyone’s future. 

How trauma impacts the developing brain, how children can be impacted and protected, what explains the variable response to adversity and the challenges of preventing and recognizing the effect of trauma on children will be explored. Most importantly, Dr. Forkey shares practical strategies to use in your classroom.

What do I need to know?

After completing this training course, you will earn 0.2 CEUs and a certificate of completion in your Adventist Learning Community e-portfolio.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course you will be able to: 

  • understand how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress impact a student’s health and learning. 
  • describe what trauma looks like in children.
  • understand how neuroscience informs our understanding of the impact of trauma and toxic stress on behaviors.
  • recognize when a student’s behavior might be the result of trauma or stress.
  • respond to students’ behavior with a trauma-informed lens. 

About the Instructor

Heather C. Forkey, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Vice Chair for Wellness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Division Director for the Child Protection Program and Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.  She serves as the Medical Director for the Child Trauma Training Center and Resilience Through Relationships Center at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Coordinator - Evelyn Sullivan, NAD Director for Early Childhood,
 Coordinator - Lileth Coke, Atlantic Union Conference Assistant Director


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Good information... how to use...

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Very informative, excellent analogies and great advice for dealing with children affected by trauma.

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This was time well spent.

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