What's the Big Deal About Trauma?

April 22, 2021 to May 22, 2021

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What's the Big Deal About Trauma?

April 22, 2021 - 2:30 to 4:00 PM

1.5 Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Please only register here if you need continuing education credits, and please do so BEFORE the event. You'll be required to pay, and then return here after the event to complete your evaluation and obtain your CE certificate. APA and LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT certificates can be downloaded at this site. Please answer the questions in the evaluation if you require an NCC or General CEU certificate, and this will be e-mailed to you in four to six weeks. 

CE certificate fees:

$30 / $15 for UPMC and those affiliated (such as Magee, CHP, Pitt, CCBH, etc.). Please use your work e-mail address when registering. The discount coupon code is TraumaBloomUPMC.2021.


According to a publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau, Chronic or repeated trauma may result in toxic stress that interferes with normal child development and cause long-term harm to children’s physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. These adverse effects can include changes in a child’s emotional responses; ability to think, learn, and concentrate; impulse control; self-image; attachments to caregivers; and relationships with others. Across the life span, traumatic experiences have been linked to a wide range of problems, including addiction, depression and anxiety, and risk-taking behavior—these in turn can lead to a greater likelihood of chronic ill health: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and even early death. We need all professionals who work with children, families and communities to be trauma-informed and able to better address the impact of adverse childhood experiences to help prevent and to respond appropriately to the many ways trauma impacts them.  There are many professional who have little or no training around trauma and why it is such a big deal.

Target Audience

Social Workers, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Mental Health Case Workers, Teachers, Youth, Family, Intellectual Disability, D&A. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the program, participants should be able to:

1. Define trauma and its impact, and why it is such a big deal

2. Describe the causes and neurobiological underpinnings of trauma

3. Explain what being trauma-informed means for organizations and individuals

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 ASWB
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/22/2021 - 2:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/22/2021 - 11:59pm EDT
Sandra Bloom, MD and Diane Wagenhals-4/22/2021-2:30-4 pm-Virtual Presentation
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Sandra Bloom, MD

Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, impatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders and during those years was also President of the Alliance for Creative Development, a multidisciplinary outpatient practice group. Dr. Bloom is recognized nationally and internationally as the founder of the Sanctuary Model. Between 2005 and 2016, over 350 social service, juvenile justice and mental health organizations were trained in the Sanctuary Model.

Dr. Bloom is Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is currently co-chairing a new (2016) national organization, the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), whose goal is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, local and tribal levels that incorporate up-to-date scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma across the lifespan and many social and health problems. In May of 2019 CTIPP was awarded the American Psychiatric Association's 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Since 2012, Dr. Bloom has also served as Co-Chair for the Philadelphia ACEs Task Force.

Dr. Bloom's website is SanctuaryWeb.com and her many publications can be downloaded from that site. 


Diane Wagenhals

Diane Wagenhals brings over 25 years of experience in the field of family education. She has been a childbirth educator, a family therapist and founder of a parenting education company, has designed extensive training programs for family professionals and parents and has authored many published articles and curricula. Her training has touched over 400 parenting educators and since the inception of The Institute for Family Professionals in 2003, close to 1,000 family professionals and early childhood educators in Philadelphia.

Diane received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from West Chester State College (now West Chester University) and taught elementary school for two years. She did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland in Rehabilitation Counseling. She received a Master’s of Education in Psycho-Educational Processes specializing in Family Therapy from Temple University and worked as a family therapist with a local psychiatrist for ten years before shifting her focus entirely to psycho-educational processes. She is a Certified Family Life Educator. She is a Fellow with the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX.

She is working with Dr. Bruce Perry on creating his Neurosequential Model for Educators and with Dr. Sandra Bloom to incorporate her Sanctuary Model into the field of Early Childhood Education. She is currently the Program Director for the Institute for Professional Education & Development of Lakeside Educational Network and The Institute for Family Professionals.

1.5 CE Credits

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Through Education and Consultative Services (please be sure to answer the continuing education credits in the evaluation):

General CEU


Available Credit

  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 ASWB
  • 1.50 Attendance


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