Responding to Trauma: Intervening Early with Children and Families

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Overview / Abstract:

About This Webinar

This webinar will describe the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), an evidence-based early intervention for children ages 7-18 years of age that was developed at the Yale Child Study Center for implementation in the days/weeks following a potentially traumatic event. A family strengthening model, CFTSI has been proven to be effective in reducing early post-traumatic stress symptoms; decreasing the likelihood of traumatized children developing long-term post-traumatic psychiatric disorders; and identifying children who need longer-term mental health care. The webinar will describe: the phenomena of trauma and trauma symptoms (including initial responses and longer-term consequences); the CFTSI model, an innovative, brief early intervention which helps to prevent PTSD; the CFTSI model’s implementation in real-life settings where traumatized children are served.

Learning Objectives

1) Recognize the phenomena of traumatic experience and the poor developmental outcomes for children when their traumatic experience goes unrecognized and unaddressed.
2) Discuss the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) model.
3) Review research supporting the evidence base of CFTSI.


Dec 31, 2018


Counselor CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE


Online, Webinar / Webcast / Video


ISTSS Member - with CE $45, without CE $30 / Nonmember - with CE $65, without CE $50

Credits / Hours



CE Learning Systems, service provider of the Kellen Company, is approved to offer CE courses by many national organizations.

APA - ISTSS's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ASWB*- CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2013 – 02/23/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.

NAADAC - ISTSS's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by the National Association of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC Provider # 410) to provide continuing education courses. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

AAHCPAD - ISTSS's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems dba, has been approved to offer Continuing Education credit for Certified Addiction Specialists (CAS) in accordance with the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders. Approval No. 13-1460.

NASP - CE Learning Systems is NOT an approved provider for the National Association of School Psychologists. However, NASP does accept up to 30 credit hours from "sequenced programs," that don't need NASP approval.

Sequenced Programs are self studies developed and published to provide training in specific knowledge or skill areas. A test is typically given at the end of the course and usually a certificate of completion is issued. This can include courses taken on the Internet.
One topic = 15 CPD credits (unless otherwise specified and documented in self-study publication)

30 CPD credits may be earned with, since our courses are considered sequenced programs. You should be able to answer "yes" to the following four questions about your selected course:

Did the activity enhance or upgrade my professional skills or add to my knowledge base?
Was the activity relevant to the professional practice of school psychology?
Did the activity fit into my personal plan for continuing professional development?
Did the activity go beyond the ordinary aspects of my employment?

Association of Social Work Boards * (ASWB), Provider # 1020, American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Provider # 5951, National Association for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #410.

  • New Jersey Social Workers are responsible for submitting their own credits.

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Dr. Steven Marans, MSW, PhD is the Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and is a child and adult psychoanalyst. Dr. Marans is the director of the Childhood Violent Trauma Center an original member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that is funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He is the co-founder of the Child Development Community Policing (CD-CP) Program, begun in 1991, a national model for collaborative responses of mental health and law enforcement professionals to children and families exposed to violence that occurs in homes, neighborhoods, and schools. He has worked closely with the White House, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, members of the U.S. Congress on issues related to responding to trauma associated with violence in homes and communities, terrorism and natural disasters and has served on national advisory groups and commissions regarding these issues. Most recently Dr. Marans served on US Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.

Dr. Marans is the co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), an evidence-based, brief early intervention for children and families impacted by recent trauma,. CFTSI significantly decreases the development of PTSD in children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic and neighborhood violence, medical emergencies and other catastrophic events.

Amongst his writings, Dr. Marans co-authored Mental Health-Law Enforcement Partnerships based on the Child Development-Community Policing experience and, in 2005, a book entitled Listening to Fear: Helping Kids Cope, from Nightmares to the Nightly News. He is a co-author of the Task Force Report on Children Exposed to Violence (USDOJ). In addition to his writings about trauma and strategies for responding to the psychological sequalae of catastrophic events, Dr. Marans has written extensively on issues of psychoanalytic perspectives on development, human functioning and treatment.

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Psychiatry / Mental Health, Counseling

Keywords / Search Terms

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Seminar CE, Responding to Trauma: Intervening Early with Children and Families, Steven Marans, MSW, PhD, Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention

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