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Understanding the Impact of Trauma

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 focuses on understanding the impact of trauma, trauma-related stress reactions and associated symptoms, and common mental health and substance use disorders associated with trauma. Case illustrations illuminate key learning points.

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

  • Describe responses to trauma.
  • Explain subthreshold symptoms related to trauma.
  • Identify specific trauma related psychological disorders and co-occurring disorders.

Course Syllabus

Sequence of Trauma Reactions
Common Experiences and Responses to Trauma
Subthreshold Trauma-Related Symptoms
            Combat Stress Reaction
Specific Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders
            Acute Stress Disorder
            Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Other Trauma-Related and Co-Occurring Disorders
            People with Mental Disorders
            People with Substance Use Disorders, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 07/08/21-07/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

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