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 04, 2022 to Mar 18, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

Required Text Book: Johnson, Kendall. Trauma in the Lives of Children: Crisis and Stress-Management Techniques for Counselors, Teachers, and Other Professionals (1998)

Greenwald, Ricky. Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents, 1st Edition

No refunds after 01/17/2022

IMPORTANT! One business day after enrollment, but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.