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Understanding Trauma

How trauma affects people’s relationships, behavior, and health


Traumatic experiences, especially early in life, can change people’s brain and health development, which in turn increases the risk of developing disease states in later life, and increases the prevalence of mental illness. Since it affects early development, it also affects how a person learns to build and maintain relationships with other people, including caregivers. Unacknowledged and untreated, this can leave people isolated and in pain, seeking solace in unhealthy activities. This class defines and discusses trauma and its impacts on people’s lives in the context of behavioral health care. Providers who understand how trauma affects people can tailor services to better fit their unique needs and help build resilience.

Learning Objectives

  • Derive robust definitions of trauma

  • Analyze the effects of trauma on the developing brain

  • Introduce a paradigm for understanding people’s struggles

  • Describe the research on trauma and its implications

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work   
     2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)

MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy    
     LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.ADC.017)
     LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2021.CE.029)

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