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Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum CE Course

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Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum CE Course – Online CE Course

This course includes the videos: “OK to Remember” and “The Courage to Remember” (videos are embedded in course document on pages 5 and 6).  You can also click on the Video 1 and Video 2 buttons for these videos.

Childhood Traumatic Grief Curriculum CE Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two purposes of Childhood Grief Curriculum training.
  2. Discuss at least two main concepts related to childhood traumatic grief.
  3. Identify at least two childhood grief treatment strategies.
  4. Describe at least two childhood grief treatment techniques.
  5. Explain the three “Key Components of Childhood Traumatic Grief Treatment”.
  6. Identify at least two relevant resources.
  7. Discuss at least two relevant treatment tools.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
    1. About this Guide
    2. About the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    3. Acknowledgments
  2. Who Should Be Trained?
  3. How Should This Training Be Used?
  4. What Should You Learn or Take Away from This Training?
  5. Overview Of Childhood Traumatic Grief (CTG)
    1. What Is Childhood Traumatic Grief (CTG)?
    2. Cultural and Individual Variations
    3. Overlap of CTG, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Trauma Reactions
    4. How Is CTG Related to Other Trauma Reactions?
    5. How Does CTG Differ from Uncomplicated Grief?
    6. Who Suffers from CTG?
    7. How Is CTG Recognized?
  6. How Is Childhood Traumatic Grief Treated?
    1. Principles and Overview of Treatment
    2. What Are the Key Components of CTG Treatment?
    3. Individualized Treatment
    4. What Role Do Parents Have in the Treatment?
    5. Structure of Treatment
  7. What Are the Key Components of Childhood Traumatic Grief Treatment?
    1. Treatment Sequence
    2. Psychoeducation
    3. Affect Expression
    4. Stress Management Skills
    5. Cognitive Affect Regulation
    6. Trauma Narrative
    7. Cognitive Processing
  8. How Are Grief-Related Issues Handled in the Treatment Process?
    1. Communicating about Death
    2. Mourning the Loss
    3. Addressing Ambivalent Feelings about the Deceased
    4. Preserving Positive Memories
    5. Redefining the Relationship
    6. Committing to New Relationships
    7. Making Meaning of the Death
    8. The Natural Evolution of Grief and Termination
  9. Treatment of Childhood Traumatic Grief with Young Children and Groups
    1. How Is Childhood Traumatic Grief in Young Children Treated?
    2. Why and How Is Childhood Traumatic Grief Treated in Groups?
    3. Conducting Group-Based Treatment for Childhood Traumatic Grief
  10. Concluding Thoughts: Recognize, Respond, Remember
  11. Appendices: Handouts, Resources, References
    1. Feeling Faces
    2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Scripts
    3. Learning to Relax through Imagery
    4. Cognitive Triangle
    5. Thinking, Feeling, Behaving Illustrations
    6. Sample Trauma Narrative by School-Age Child
    7. Sample Trauma Narrative by Teen
    8. Information for Parents on Childhood Traumatic Grief
    9. Reference and Resource List
    10. Professional References — PTSD
    11. Professional References — Bereavement
    12. Professional References — Childhood Traumatic Grief
    13. Books for Children and Teens on Trauma and Bereavement
    14. Suggested Treatment Books and Supplies

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of front-line providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.


Children who have experienced the traumatic death of a person significant in their lives may have reactions and symptoms that we are beginning to understand are distinct from the grief following nontraumatic death. We believe that children who have experienced traumatic grief and who are troubled by overwhelming traumatic memories can be identified and helped to cope with traumatic reactions and ultimately remember the person who died in a healthy, meaningful way.

The material presented in The Courage to Remember video and this companion guide represents the results of significant advances in the field of childhood traumatic grief and the unique collaboration of researchers and clinicians in academic and community settings throughout the country. We developed the video and guide using extensive expert involvement and commentary. Although the focus of these training materials is on individual work with school-age children and teens, additional information and resources are provided regarding work with young children and groups. The materials provide specific guidelines and options for interventions to

  • educate care providers about childhood traumatic grief,
  • introduce others to principles of treatment that have been identified as helpful in treating the condition, and
  • offer practitioners an opportunity to enhance their treatment skills.

We hope to improve awareness about childhood traumatic grief as well as increase the ability of clinicians to respond in the most effective way possible.


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