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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
This brief, beginning level continuing education course was developed using material from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is intended to assist children who have been exposed to domestic violence. Children who have witnessed physical, verbal, sexual, or emotional abuse may feel unsafe and conflicted, and this course will provide tips for parents, caregivers, and other significant adults as they provide support. Topics covered include ways in which children react to domestic violence, how to explore feelings and concerns, methods to address difficult behavior, and where to turn for help. Professionals not only will benefit from the information presented, but will be able share the knowledge with those who care for these children.
1. Identify factors that impact how children respond to witnessing or living with domestic violence.
2. Discuss strategies to support, praise, and nurture children who have experienced stressful events and to help them feel safe.
3. Outline practical methods to listen and talk to children who have suffered with domestic violence and to acknowledge their fears.
4. Summarize actions that will assist in dealing with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from children, and identify where to seek additional help if needed.
5. Describe ways to help children navigate a relationship with the abusive parent.
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