How can we parent our children who have experienced trauma? How can we discipline them in a way that will help them learn and grow? In this course, we interview Karen Doyle Buckwalter, a clinical social worker specializing in attachment and trauma, and author of Raising the Challenging Child: How to Minimize Meltdowns, Reduce Conflict, and Increase Cooperation.

This course covers the following topics:

Impact of Trauma

  • What is trauma? 
  • Trauma vs PTSD
  • How does trauma impact a child?
  • Three levels of the brain and how children react from a primitive fear base if there is a history of abuse or neglect.
  • Does the age of the child, when they experienced trauma or the type of trauma, affect the degree to which the child will be impacted?
  • If a child is able to leave the abusive situation, it can lower the impact of PTSD.
  • Impact of preverbal trauma- before the child has language and memory.

How to Best Parent a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

  • What is a typical behavior for a child who has experienced trauma?
  • Internal working model formed with earliest caregivers that forms a template for future relationships with caregivers.
  • Children are terrified of being forgotten.
  • The children often “reject you before you can reject them.” This helps protect them from their core fear of rejection and is a primitive survival mechanism.
  • Importance of awareness of one’s own vulnerabilities and insecurities that may be triggered by caring for children with history of trauma.
  • How to help our kids heal and attach? Tips and Techniques.

How to Discipline a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

  • Connection before corrections. 
  • Build up your relationship account.
  • Provide choices.
  • Provide a balance of structure and nurture.
  • The need for co-regulation with a safe adult rather than time out or other typical approaches.
  • These things take time to change. What fires together in the brain wires together so just because the child is safe now does not remove these well-worn neuropathways.

*This course includes a 1-hour conversational audio lesson, a 10-question quiz, and a certificate of completion with the successful completion of the quiz at 80%. 

Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption*

 96.38 (b)(3)

 96.38 (b)(4)

 96.38 (b)(8)

 96.48 (b)(4)

 96.48 (b)(5)

 96.48 (c)

*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements

This course is included in the following state packages.

See links for how it aligns with each state's regulatory requirements.

Illinois International Adoption
Important Information for agencies on Illinois Adoption Requirements.
Louisiana International Adoption and Foster Care Adoption
Important Information for agencies on Louisiana Adoption Requirements.
Nebraska packages including,  International Adoption and International Adoption from China
Important Information for agencies on Nebraska Adoption Requirements.
Packages for Oregon International Adoption and International Adoption from China Important Information for agencies on Oregon Adoption Requirements.
Virginia packages including, International Adoption and International Adoption from China Important information for agencies on Virginia's core competencies.
Packages for Washington International Adoption and International Adoption from China
Important Information for agencies on Washington Adoption Requirements.

For information specific to your state, go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway State Search site to find information on each state's requirements on background checks, consent to adoption, home study requirements, post-adoption contact agreements, adoption expense regulations, use of advertising, and who may adopt or place a child for adoption.