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Child Trauma Handbook

Child Trauma Handbook

Book Learning Program

18 CEs, 12 EMDRIA CEs,

Based on the (included) book: 

Greenwald, R. (2005). Child trauma handbook: A guide for helping trauma-exposed children and adolescents. New York: Haworth.


This home study training teaches hands-on clinical skills, guided by clear instructions and scripts, for working with children and adolescents who have been exposed to significant trauma or loss. The content and methods are research-supported and proven effective. This in-depth program covers child trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, therapeutic relationship, self-care for counselors/therapists, identification and assessment of traumatized kids, working with parents and other care-givers to help traumatized kids, and directly helping kids to manage their symptoms, resolve their trauma/loss memories, and prepare to cope effectively with future challenges. The final section focuses on what parents and paraprofessionals can do with distressed children and adolescents whom they supervise in home, school, residential, and recreational settings.


Table of Contents:


Section I: Understanding Trauma and Trauma Treatment
Chapter 1: Understanding Trauma
Chapter 2: The Structure of Trauma Treatment
Chapter 3: The Trauma-informed Therapeutic Relationship
Chapter 4: Taking Care of Yourself

Section II: Evaluation and Treatment Planning
Chapter 5: The Initial Interview: From “Hello” to History
Chapter 6: Taking a Trauma History
Chapter 7: Trauma-informed Case Formulation
Chapter 8: Making a Treatment Contract

Section III: Safety and Strength-Building
Chapter 9: Case Management
Chapter 10: Parent Training
Chapter 11: Self-Control Skills Training
Chapter 12: Building Strength and Affect Tolerance

Section IV: Trauma Resolution
Chapter 13: Overview of Trauma Resolution Methods
Chapter 14: Preparation: Target Selection and Memory Breakdown
Chapter 15: Conducting an Exposure Session
Chapter 16: Problem-Solving in an Exposure Session

Section V: Making the Most of It
Chapter 17: Re-evaluation and Consolidation of Gains
Chapter 18: Relapse Prevention and Harm Reduction
Chapter 19: Challenging Cases

Section VII: 24/7 – Milieu Treatment
Chapter 22: Creating a Safe Environment
Chapter 23: Discipline is Love
Chapter 24: Using Incentives for Success
Chapter 25: The Magic Words – Cognitive Interventions


A: Trauma-informed Psychological Assessment
B: Child Trauma Resources On Line


Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors or symptoms.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Teach kids how to control their anxiety, impulsive/acting-out behavior, and other symptoms.
  • Help kids to face and work through their trauma/loss memories.
  • Help kids and their care-givers to anticipate and prepare for future challenges.

Content Level: Intermediate

Completion Requirements:

Attendees must read the book in its entirety. You will be provided with a log-in for our Moodle online training platform. Following completion of the book, you must complete an evaluation as well as get a passing score of at least 90% on a quiz to receive credit. You will be allowed one retake of the quiz.

Certificates will be available after training completion and be sent via provided email in PDF form and on your online Moodle training page within 5 business days of evaluation completion. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our training coordinator at

Child Trauma Handbook Home Study Program


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