Trauma: How it Impacts the Brain, Development and Behavior

This eLearning program provides learners with a basic understanding of brain functioning and how trauma may impact a child’s brain development. During this eLearning training, learners are trained in how a variety of factors contribute to children’s behavior. This understanding is crucial in providing children and families with the support required to heal and lead healthy lives. Before attending this eLearning training, learners must complete an online pre-test.


Who Should Attend?

Direct service staff and supervisors working in Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice.


Course Benefits

Learners will:

  • Better understand the basic functions of the brain and how traumatic events affect brain development.
  • Be trained to identify the underlying causes of children’s behavior in relation to trauma.
  • Be trained in how to approach a child or parent who may have experienced trauma or is in a survival state using a trauma-based viewpoint.


Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test.
  • A one-hour eLearning course.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.


Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 1 contact hours/.1 CEUs.



Register for this course by logging in to Cornerstone, browse for the course name and complete all information.  For more information about the ACS Workforce Institute, please contact the Help Desk at or call (212) 748-1898.


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