As part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma offers Free Online Education with:
- 300+ FREE CE certificates
- 50+ speakers
- 200+ online webinars
- 90,000+ members
Unresolved trauma can negatively affect parents’ coping, parenting, and the ability to interact effectively with the child welfare system. This online course was developed for individuals who work with birth parents involved in the child welfare system, and will focus on child welfare activities such as investigation and removal, case management, visitation, family conferencing, court hearings, reunification, and termination of parental rights. The primary goal of the course is to increase understanding of the impact that parents’ own unresolved trauma can have on their capacity to engage with child welfare personnel, negotiate different aspects of the child welfare system, and safely parent their children. Addressing the issue of birth parent trauma will ultimately have a positive impact on overall child welfare goals of safety, permanency, and well-being.
Training is important, but training alone is not likely to change practice. We encourage child welfare programs to use this course as an opportunity to review your staff’s work with birth parents and, through the provision of ongoing support and supervision, integrate a “trauma lens” into all aspects of that work.