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Increasing Effectiveness of Providers for Child Victims of Violence

In this country, millions of children and adolescents aged 17 and younger are exposed to violence every year. They are victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; neglect; bullying and cyber-bullying; dating violence; and intimate partner violence. Victimized children and adolescents need functioning families, effective treatments, and support systems to help them address the harm they have suffered, heal from trauma, and build resilience.

Mental health professionals have an important role to play in providing effective, accessible, culturally sensitive evidence-based treatments. Professionals trained using the best available science and research are needed to provide treatments that respond to the specific needs of diverse groups of children and adolescents victimized by violence.

The overall goal of this 1-day training is to enhance the capacity and ability of mental health professionals to assist victimized children and adolescents by disseminating the best available science and research on violence, trauma, and trauma-focused assessment tools and mental health treatments.

Active participation in each of the following training modules will help you accomplish these specific learning objectives:

  • The Impact of Violence and Trauma on Children
    • Define trauma.
    • Summarize risk factors for victimization.
    • Summarize the impact of victimization for children.
    • Describe the role of culture and diversity in victimization.
  • Trauma-Focused Assessment Tools
    • Summarize basic information about trauma assessments and how to select an appropriate assessment tool.
    • Identify challenges when using assessment tools.
  • Trauma-Focused Evidence-Based Treatments
    • Identify your goals for the victimized children under their care.
    • Explain the concept of evidence-based treatment.
    • Summarize basic information about selected evidence-based interventions for victimized children.
    • Decide when to adopt evidence-based treatments.
    • Describe the role of culture and diversity in treatment.
  • A Family-Centered Collaborative Approach
    • Identify effective strategies to ensure the involvement of families in treatment.
  • Clinicians' Self-Care
    • Define different types of professionals' stress.
    • Identify risk factors for clinician's indirect trauma.
    • Summarize strategies to prevent/cope with vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue when working with victimized children.