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3 Hours

Trauma-Informed Care for Child Welfare Systems

  • Audiences Mental Health Professionals, Schools

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This training teaches child welfare staff to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma, understand their significance and prevalence, and learn how to apply trauma-informed approaches in their work with children and families.

Child welfare professionals learn how to recognize and understand to traumatic stress and develop the tools and strategies to support trauma-informed responses across the spectrum of system involvement, including investigation, case and service planning and delivery, and permanency planning. 


  • Learn about the types of traumas, characteristics of traumatic responses, and how the body and brain react to traumatic stress
  • Explore risk and protective factors that influence an individual’s response to trauma and potential post-trauma pathways, along with strategies to support resiliency for child welfare system-involved youth, caregivers, and families
  • Learn trauma-informed strategies to recognize and respond to the impact of trauma on children, caregivers, and families
  • Develop prevention-oriented skills to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization
  • Learn about secondary and vicarious trauma, and explore strategies for self-care as an ethical imperative to support resiliency for those working in the child welfare system.


  • Length: 3 hours
  • CEs: Not available
  • This training may be provided on its own or combined with our Toll of Working with Trauma training as a two-part series.

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