Children of Trauma and Resilience

Children of Trauma and Resilience introduces participants to a trauma-informed and resilience-focused mindset and teaches participants about toxic stress and trauma, how to help process those experiences, and how to foster and nurture characteristics of resilience. This course begins with a strong focus on resilience and includes an exploration of how core values and beliefs direct the way professionals work with children. The four universal needs of all human beings as explained by the Circle of Courage model including belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity are explained and discussed. Participants learn about the experience of trauma as one that impacts a person’s body and shown a demonstration of trauma’s impact on the brain. Participants learn the importance of sensory-based interventions and how to assess a child’s private logic and universal needs. Finally, participants practice the development of trauma-informed and resilience-focused support plans for youth.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between grief reactions and trauma reactions
  • Recall the wide range of adverse experiences that can cause trauma reactions
  • Explain how trauma impacts brain functions of memory, emotional regulation, behavior and learning
  • Demonstrate how to be a caring, curious witness to help trauma survivors heal
  • Describe how the Circle of Courage® works and the impact a broken circle has on an individual
  • Explain how private logic impacts behavior


  • Course Guidebook
  • Course PowerPoint Handout

Please Note:

  • If you have taken Children of Trauma prior to January of 2019, this training will have significant overlap with the exception of an introduction to the Circle of Courage. This training also includes some content from our former Courageous Connections and Courageous Classrooms courses
  • Children of Trauma and Resilience is the first step toward achieving Certified Trauma Practioner (Clinical Track) or Certified Trainer certification
  • If you are interested in scheduling an in-person training, please email