Understanding Childhood Trauma (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
GAL for Children CE Credit: 2.0 (GAL Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/08/2022


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2019 webcast, Understanding Childhood Trauma.

Course Outline

  • Increase your basic knowledge of trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in children, including its impact on physical and behavioral health
  • Understand how trauma-informed practices can aid in your representation
  • Learn skills to recognize how trauma can manifest in both the child and the parents (if there is a trauma history)
  • Learn how to utilize brief screening tools to determine whether a child has experienced a traumatic event
  • Learn to apply this knowledge to enhance effective communication strategies with the child and the parents
  • Learn to apply this knowledge to help the family find appropriate providers and services

Trauma doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to children and adults alike, across different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet at-risk children and families more often find themselves involved in court, whether in abuse and neglect cases, delinquency cases, Children in Need of Services or Children in Need of Supervision (CHINS), or challenging custody matters.

In the legal setting, one may perceive these affected individuals as defiant or disrespectful, while in fact their behavior could be better understood through the lens of traumatic stress. At the heart of trauma-informed care is sensitivity to the individual’s past and current experiences, as well as a deep understanding of how those events molded him or her into the person that he or she is today. Research demonstrates that the success of the child and family depends in part on the ability of our professional community to collaborate effectively to engage the family and to guide them to appropriate resources.

This course is designed to highlight the physical, medical, and mental health aspects of trauma, often caused by child abuse and neglect, to better inform and prepare attorneys who work with families and children as Guardians ad Litem or through the juvenile justice system.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Defining trauma (acute, chronic, and complex)
  • Key effects of trauma exposure
  • Impact on brain and behavior
  • Key resilience skills that need to be addressed in all case plans
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Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP, Integration Solutions, Inc. / Richmond

Dr. Allison Jackson is the CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc.  She aims to bring trauma-and-resilience-informed practices to professionals who serve at-promise youth, families, and adults in their communities. Her clinical practice and research focus on advancing effective trauma-informed treatment practices for persons who experience behavioral problems. She offered outpatient therapeutic services for military service men and women and their families and has provided crisis therapy services to youth and adults who were diagnosed with mental health problems.  Additionally, Dr. Jackson has provided leadership development services via behavioral health, education, child welfare, and criminal justice systems for more than 20 years.

Dr. Jackson grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work). 

Jennifer M. Newman, Jennifer M. Newman, PC / Richmond

Jennifer M. Newman is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Richmond Law School. Upon graduation from law school, she entered private practice by opening her own firm.

Ms. Newman handles matters involving criminal appellate law, criminal law, and family law, and focuses on matters of child delinquency, child dependency, and child welfare. She frequently serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for children and adults. Ms. Newman has served on various work groups and panels involving the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Department of Social Services and the Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocate program. She is a founding member of the GAL Roundtable in Chesterfield, a member of the Chesterfield Best Practices Core Group, a member of Greater Richmond TICN (Trauma Informed Care Network), and a member of the Chesterfield Systems of Care group. She has presented in panel discussions at a number of seminars and spoken as a Guardian ad Litem during PRIDE foster parent training, during CASA volunteer training, and to new workers with the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.

Ms. Newman is also an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Law School where she co-teaches appellate advocacy. She has the privilege of practicing with and mentoring her mother, Nancy C. Newman, Esquire, a fellow Guardian ad Litem.

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