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May 2011Vol. 12, No. 4Training on Trauma in Children and Families

"Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and Their Families" is an online tutorial for professionals who work with young children that explains what is meant by trauma, outlines the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and expands professionals' knowledge for intervention through consultation. The tutorial also provides valuable links to a range of resources for further learning and exploration.

Those who complete the tutorial will be able to:

  • Define trauma, describe two types of trauma, and list common yet diverse types of traumatic experiences
  • Describe the impact of trauma on infants, toddlers, and young children from a developmental perspective
  • Identify trauma signs and symptoms in infants, toddlers, and young children
  • Recognize and understand the role of the consultant in addressing trauma in the early care and education setting

The free tutorial takes between 30 and 40 minutes to complete. It is the sixth in a series for mental health consultants and was funded by the Office of Head Start and developed by the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC). Find the entire series of tutorials on the ECMHC website: