Understanding The Impact of Trauma in Early Childhood

The Biological Impact of Early Childhood Trauma on Brain Development and Social-Emotional Functioning
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 43 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

“Mary Allison was wonderful in her teaching role! I wanted to hear every bit of what Mary Allison had to say.”

“I loved all the knowledge and statistics Mary Allison gave. It explained the impact of the severity of childhood experiences.”

Did you know that 46% of children will experience a traumatic event before the age of 18?

In this course, you will learn the definition of trauma and what constitutes early childhood trauma. You will learn about how trauma biologically impacts brain development and how that can lead to negative health and social outcomes. By learning about trauma, you will be able to develop the skills you need to adopt a perspective of compassion.

This course is packed with jaw-dropping statistics and information. You won't need any special materials to take this course other than your curiosity and pen and paper for note taking.

What are the requirements?

  • No special materials required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Define trauma
  • Understand the developmental implications of early childhood trauma
  • Understand the prevalence of trauma
  • Identify the basic brain structures involved in the biological response to trauma
  • Understand how toxic stress impacts the brain

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about how trauma can negatively effect brain development, particularly in early childhood
  • This class is important for early learning professionals, parents, teachers, social workers, and anyone who works with or interacts with children

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What to Expect From This Course
Introduction to Brain Changing Trauma
Meet Your Instructor
Course Overview and Learning Objectives
Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of This Course
1 page
10 questions

Research shows that taking a test BEFORE we begin learning actually improves our understanding and retention of the material. Take this pre-test to see where you will need to focus your energy as you progress through the course.

Section 2: Introduction to Trauma
Defining Trauma
Trauma in Early Childhood
Trauma is Subjective
Rates of Trauma
Section 2 Quiz - Introduction to Trauma
5 questions
Section 3: Trauma and the Brain
Early Childhood Brain Development
The Brain is Built from the Bottom Up
Brain Structures Important in Trauma
Implicit Memory
Right and Left Brain
The Trauma Shame Cycle
Section 3 Quiz - Trauma and The Brain
8 questions
Section 4: Trauma's Impact on Functioning
Imagination and Play
Learning and Cognition
Section 4 Quiz - Trauma's Impact on Functioning
3 questions
Section 5: Good News!
A Message of Hope
2 pages

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Instructor Biography

Mary Allison Brown, MSW, LICSW, Child and Infant Mental Health Specialist

Mary Allison Brown is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with diverse children and families in a wide range of settings, including Head Start, special education, community mental health, and public child welfare. She has a master's degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Washington, as well as two years of specialized, graduate-level training in infant mental health from the University of Washington's Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development. Mary Allison is a certified Child Mental Health Specialist.

Mary Allison believes strongly in the power of being a lifelong learner. To continue her professional growth and development, Mary Allison is a member of the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health, Postpartum Support International, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is currently working toward recognition as a certified clinical trauma professional.

In addition to her clinical work, Mary Allison is the founder of Reflecting Relationships where she lists upcoming speaking engagements and blogs about topics related to her areas of interest. Mary Allison believes in the critical importance of early childhood education and she is a Washington Department of Early Learning state approved trainer. She is an experienced trainer and a strong advocate for children and families.

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