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    Self Paced Tutorials Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Services FST-02
    an OPEN NH Content Training tutorial



  • Topic 1

    Unit 1 Introduction to Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Services

    In this first unit, you’ll learn about trauma in young children and the role you play in providing trauma-informed care. You will define a traumatic event as exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence. You will understand that children may experience the trauma directly - being hurt themselves, or indirectly - such as watching others get hurt. You will learn the types of trauma, explore the prevalence of trauma, and learn that it is most common in young children. You will also explore what it means for individuals and organizations to provide trauma-informed care. Lastly, you will learn that it is your responsibilities as an early childhood provider, to be trauma-informed, have knowledge of the child’s traumas, be sensitive to their traumatic stress symptoms and triggers, provide - at minimum - supportive validating words, and when more formal trauma interventions are necessary. 
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    Unit 2Impact of Trauma on Young Children Neurobiology and Development

    In this Unit, you’ll learn about trauma in young children and the role you play in providing trauma-informed care. The brain is a complex organ that controls everything about our body, from unconscious activities like breathing and pumping blood through our veins to deciding what to wear or deciding who to sit with in the school cafeteria. Contrary to the popular adage, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” repeated, threatening experiences do not make us stronger. Rather, they take a toll on our body in a way that makes us more vulnerable to stressful situations in the future.
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    Unit 3 Screening and Intervention with Traumatized Young Children

    In this unit, you will learn about screening and the tools that can be used to conduct a trauma screen. You will think learn the importance of creating an environment of safety for the traumatized child. You will also review evidence-based approaches to screening and become familiar with several successful intervention strategies.
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    Unit 4 Working with Caregivers and Traumatized Young Children

    In this last unit, you will examine the relationship between the provider, child, and caregiver; and explore the strategies that providers can use to support attachment in the caregiver-child relationships.  You will study elements of evidence-based therapeutic relationships along with strategies for how to build self-awareness, and other-awareness in traumatized children and their caregivers.  You will also learn about the types and components of reflection, the critical components of reflective relationships, and the value of reflective practice. These techniques can be used to build reflective capacity. Finally, you will learn how reflection can help to build corrective attachment relationships.
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