Understanding Child Traumatic Stress

Trauma can be the result of exposure to a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood. However witnessing or being a victim of violence, serious injury, or physical or sexual abuse can be traumatic. Accidents or medical procedures can result in trauma. Children suffering from child traumatic stress are those children who have been exposed to one or more traumas over the course of their lives and develop reactions that persist and affect their daily lives after the traumatic events have ended.

Course Description
There is a growing body of literature on the impact that traumatic stress has on child development. The effects of trauma during childhood can be pervasive and life-long, impacting multiple aspects of functioning including mood, social relationships, and academic achievement. Organizations including hospitals, the child welfare system, the legal system, and schools are beginning to recognize the importance of addressing traumatic stress in the children they serve. This workshop will introduce participants to child traumatic stress, its impact on child development, and the role of providers in responding to traumatic stress.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to differentiate between trauma, traumatic stress, and complex trauma.

2. Participants will understand the immediate and long-term impact of child traumatic stress.

3. Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of psychological safety and the “invisible toolbox” and how it applies to interactions with children who have experienced traumatic stress

4. Participants will be able to identify quality resources for additional information on child traumatic stress.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Julia Thompson, PhD

Julia Thompson is a Licensed Psychologist at Children’s Mercy Hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated with her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and a graduate minor in Disaster Science and Management from Louisiana State University in 2014. Dr. Thompson completed her predoctoral internship in rural integrated care in Nebraska. Her postdoctoral training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center included the assessment and treatment of children in the foster care system. Dr. Thompson joined the medical staff at Children’s Mercy in 2015 and her primary role is as a trauma psychologist providing psychological assessment and treatment for children exposed to trauma. In addition, she provides consultation for children participating in the Operation Breakthrough program in Kansas City, MO. Her research interests include fostering resilience in children impacted by trauma. 

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center and Via Christi Hospital - Manhattan. Continuing education (CE) credit is awarded on at the completion of the workshop. 


Via Christi Hospital is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 1.5 contact hours applicable for RN or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider #LT0065-0716.

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This activity is pending approval from the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.




October 22, 2015 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Manhattan Fire Department
Amanda Yenzer · · 785-537-6867

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$10.00 Understanding Child Traumatic Stress Registration

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