Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences



VIRTUAL SEMINAR | February 11, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor:  Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW
CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

Trauma, especially ongoing abuse and lack of attunement early in life, has a deep and long lasting impact on the physical and mental health of survivors. Not surprisingly, studies have found that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), increase the risk of suicide attempts, depression, alcoholism, learning problems and more. In order to understand and assist clients with trauma histories, providers need to understand the specific short and long term impact trauma has on survivors’ brain development, ability to learn, socialize, cope and self-sooth. In this course we will cover: the difference between psychological shock trauma and developmental trauma; how trauma impacts the nervous system and brain; the research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on individuals; and an overview of trauma specific therapeutic methods.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software and login information is sent shortly after registration. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by December 11, 2020: $65
Regular registration by February 9, 2021: $75

CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define trauma
  2. Differentiate between developmental trauma and shock trauma
  3. Articulate how the nervous system responds to trauma
  4. Name the part of the brain that is activated by threatening situations
  5. List  at least 4 potential outcomes of ACES
  6. Identify different types of mental health therapeutics that specifically address developmental trauma and shock trauma
  • 1 - 1:45 p.m.: How Stress and Trauma Impact the Nervous System
  • 1:45 - 2 p.m.: Shock Trauma
  • 2 - 2:30 p.m.: Developmental Trauma
  • 2:30 - 3 p.m.: Impact of Trauma on the Brain
  • 3 - 3:15 p.m.: BREAK
  • 3:15 - 4 p.m.: Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • 4 - 4:15 p.m.: Types of Treatment for Trauma​

About the Instructor:

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, diplomat in Comprehensive Energy Psychology, has taught helping professionals to recognize and address symptoms of both trauma and vicarious traumatization in a variety of mental health and social services settings over the past 15 years. She has integrated this work with a variety of holistic, energetic and creative interventions including at the 2015 and 2016 conferences of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

Completion Requirements for Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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