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Helping Students Cope with Trauma and Loss: Online Training for School Personnel with Helene Jackson, Ph.D.
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This course was edited by Sharon Kay. The project was developed by the Columbia University School of Social Work with support from the Bank Street College of Education.

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Course Outline

In order to respond effectively to traumatized children, school personnel must learn about the causes and effects of trauma.
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This first course offers school personnel a framework with which to understand trauma and its effects on students and their families. Once you have completed Course 1, Part 1, you will proceed to Course 1, Part 2, "School-Based Interventions." Upon completion of Course 1, Parts 1 and 2, you may participate in one or both of the other two parts of Course 2, each of which addresses a specific type of trauma: "Sudden and Unexpected Loss" and "Family and Community Violence."

The goals of the course are to help you to

  • increase your knowledge about the causes and effects of childhood trauma
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of unresolved childhood trauma
  • strengthen your ability to identify students at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder

On completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of

  • factors that place students at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder
  • factors that minimize the risk that students will develop posttraumatic stress disorder
  • "normal" and pathological responses to trauma

Note: Anyone taking this course is required to complete all pre- and posttests where indicated.

Before continuing, please take the pretest.

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