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Trauma Awareness

Author: SAMHSA and Justin Russotti, PhD, LCSW
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Course Created: 2019

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

This course is part of a trauma-informed care series. It provides an overview of traumatic experiences. It describes types of trauma; distinguishes among traumas that affect individuals, groups, and communities; delineates trauma characteristics; and addresses the socioecological and cultural factors that influence the impact of trauma.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • List the types of trauma.
  • Identify objective and subjective characteristics of trauma.
  • Explain individual and sociocultural features that serve as risk or protective factors.

Course Syllabus

Types of Trauma
            Natural or Human-Caused Trauma
            Individual, Group, Community, and Mass Traumas
            Interpersonal Traumas
            Developmental Traumas
            Political Terror and War
            System-Oriented Traumas: Retraumatization
Characteristics of Trauma
            Objective Characteristics
            Subjective Characteristics
Individual and Sociocultural Features
            Individual Factors
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