Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

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” or “Enroll” 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
            Sociodemographic Factors



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Justin Russotti, PhD, LCSW

Justin Russotti, PhD, LCSW, is a research associate in the Clinical Psychology department at the University of Rochester and a lecturer in the Counseling Department at the same institution. He obtained his master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and his PhD in Counseling from the University of Rochester. He is completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the TRANSFORM National Center for Child Abuse & Neglect. His research focuses on the etiological roots and mechanistic underpinnings of stress-related disorders and the developmental sequela of trauma and adversity. He teaches several courses related to trauma-informed intervention and has published numerous articles on the topic. Dr. Russotti is also in private practice with an emphasis in treating trauma and stress-related disorders.

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