Helping Children Cope with Trauma, Loss and Death

$270 $260

Traumatic experiences can have a devastating impact on a child, altering their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. In turn, the impact on the child has profound implications for their family and community. The deterioration of public education, urban violence and the alarming social disintegration seen in some of our communities can be linked to the escalating cycles of abuse and neglect of our children. For most children a traumatic event is a new experience. Like all new experiences, the unknown adds to the confusing and frightening circumstances surrounding the experience. The trauma may significantly challenge the child’s sense of the world. A flood, tornado, car accident, shooting, death of a friend, classmate or family member or abuse by a caregiver – all challenge the child’s beliefs about the stability and safety of his/her world. Children may not understand what happened and will be confused or even frightened by the reactions of their siblings or caregivers.

The post-traumatic period is characterized by an attempt by the child to reorganize, reevaluate and restore the pre-traumatic world. Many of the emotional, behavioral and cognitive signs and symptoms of the posttraumatic period are due to these efforts. Children often do not have the capacity to understand or explain most traumatic experiences. Children seek answers and comfort from adults around them, yet adults often feel helpless in this role. While adults do not have all the answers, they can help children better understand a traumatic event and the ways we respond following trauma. This course addresses some of the key issues related to the child's complex set of reactions that often follow traumatic events. The more we understand the impact of traumatic experiences, the more compassionate and wise we can be as we try to help these children.

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Additional information

Course #



Michelle Rosenoff

Credit Hours/Clock Hours

3 In-Service Credits / 45 CTLE Hours

Educational Area



Classroom Management, Health, Mindfulness Program, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies

Grade Level

All: K – 12



Spring 2024 Dates

April 1 – April 30

Summer 2024 Dates

August 1 – 31, June 15 – July 15

Fall 2024 Dates

October 15 – November 15