Course Description

This online course is designed to teach students the intervention skills and self-care practices for dealing with trauma-exposed children and adolescents. Participants learn developmental theories related to children experiencing acute medical situations and the importance of therapeutic relationships during those traumatic experiences. Introduction to debriefing and support techniques for the child experiencing trauma, as well as insight into helping their family through a bereavement situation will be addressed.

Course Outline

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify how trauma can impact children at different developmental stages
  • Define the critical psychosocial and emotional needs children have after facing trauma
  • Understand the importance of child life in the healing relationship with children and families in pediatric intensive care units and the emergency department




Certification Disclosure: Completion of the UCSB PaCE Child Life certificate program does not result in Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Individuals seeking certification must meet specific academic and clinical experience requirements in addition to passing the Child Life Professional Certification Exam. While courses in this certificate program count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in Child Life certification. For more information about certification visit https://www.childlife.org/certification.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Jan 08, 2025 to Mar 14, 2025
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $650.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

Students are required to purchase the following textbook(s) prior to the first class meeting:

  • Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition: How to Foster Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency Second Edition by Margaret E. Blaustein (Author), Kristine M. Kinniburgh (Author) ISBN-13: 978-1462537044 ISBN-10: 1462537049

Important Notes: All courses are 4 units and offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through Canvas. 

After the 7th day of class, no late enrollments will be accepted (01/15/2025). 

No refunds after 01/19/2025

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