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Micro-Credential: Childhood Trauma Consultant


Micro-Credential: Childhood Trauma Consultant

What Is a Childhood Trauma Consultant?

  • Childhood trauma is a complex and costly problem that can lead to a host of learning, social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health consequences for impacted individuals. Designed for pediatric professionals, this innovative, online training program features 11 evidence-based webinars that cover different aspects of childhood trauma to create a well-rounded understanding of childhood trauma, as well as provides an abundance of intervention tools and screening information for clients. 
  • Pediatric therapists and professionals are expected to understand complex trauma and provide interventions for clients with a variety of trauma backgrounds. Yet they are frequently unprepared to address the various types of trauma as well as the consequences of unresolved trauma and the effects that trauma has on daily life skills and academic performance. 
  • This unique, evidence-based, micro-credentialing program provides extensive training in the causes and consequences of trauma. It also provides many intervention strategies for clients with varying levels of trauma backgrounds.
  • Each of the comprehensive training modules is approximately 120-180 minutes in length and can be completed at the participant’s own pace. 
  • After completing the required webinars, elective webinars, successful completion of each post-test and individualized, capstone project, participants will be awarded a certificate for the credential of Childhood Trauma Consultant (CTC) through Sensational Brain.

Webinars Included with This CTC Program

Complete and pass the post-tests of the following 8 required courses:

  1. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (0.2)
  2. Toxic Stress: Causes, Consequences, and Interventions (0.2)
  3. Complex Trauma Among Pediatric Populations (0.2)
  4. Childhood Trauma and Executive Function Deficits (0.3)
  5. Childhood Trauma and Self-Regulation Deficits: Screening, Intervention, and Common Concerns and Complications (0.2)
  6. Childhood Trauma and Theory of Mind Deficits (0.3)
  7. Childhood Trauma and Sleep Disturbances (0.2)
  8. Trauma-Informed Treatment Interventions for Pediatric Therapists (0.2)

Complete a minimum of 1 of the following elective courses:

  1. Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDDs) and Adverse Life Experiences (0.3)
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (0.3)
  3. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Its Connection to Trauma (0.2)

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this micro-credential program, attendees will have an advanced understanding of childhood trauma and an improved ability to more effectively work, communicate, and interact with clients and families impacted by these adverse experiences.

  1. Develop a working knowledge of childhood trauma and its various subtypes. 
  2. Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research.
  3. Identify possible causes and risk factors for childhood trauma. 
  4. Discuss developmental and neurobiological consequences associated with childhood trauma.
  5. Review disorders and conditions that are commonly comorbid with childhood trauma. 
  6. Articulate the wide-ranging deleterious impact of childhood trauma on an individual’s behavioral, learning, emotional, social, and physical health. 
  7. Learn about the impact childhood trauma has on the entire family system. 
  8. Explore the challenges that professionals face when working with clients and families impacted by childhood trauma. 
  9. Review intervention and screening options for use with children impacted by childhood trauma. 
  10. Learn about the impact childhood trauma has on children diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental disorder (e.g., ADHD, ASD, ID, and FASD).  
  11. Examine relevant research findings.

This micro-credential benefits two key areas:

  1. Professional Credibility 
    • Expand professional credentials. 
    • Strengthen professional value to employers, coworkers, and collaborators. 
    • Elicit opportunities for career advancement.
    • Enhance visibility in professional circles. 
    • Reassure referral sources of advanced training in the area of childhood trauma.
    • Increased professional confidence. 
  2. Knowledge 
    • Demonstrate dedication to learning and improvement. 
    • Maintain and refresh your existing knowledge base. 
    • Expose participants to cutting-edge research findings. 
    • Improve client-focused skills in the areas of screening and intervention. 
    • Enhance preparedness to communicate with and help clients impacted by childhood trauma.  
    • Access reading recommendations for continued professional development in the area of childhood trauma.

Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, SLPs, and other professionals
Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Obtain up to 26 contact hours of continuing education while earning your micro-credential: 18 contact hours of required webinars, and 8 total contact hours of elective webinar options:

  • Required webinars: offered for 0.18 AOTA CEUs or 18 contact hours
  • Elective webinars: offered for 0.20–0.80 AOTA CEUs or 2–8 contact hours depending on course selection
  • CEU certificates are immediately downloadable for each webinar. Your final CTC Credentialing Certificate will be emailed to you after completion of the three modules.
  • Sensational Brain LLC is also an educational provider for CE Broker.
AOTA-Approved Provider Program
Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Additional Resources

Throughout the process, your proctor, Jerrod Brown, PhD, will support, encourage, and guide you. He is available to answer any questions that arise about the content in this Micro-Credential. Your micro-credential certificate will be emailed to you upon completion of the three modules described above, and you will receive your CTC credentialing.

Photo of Jerrod Brown, PhD, Sensational Brain Presenter

Jerrod Brown, PhD, is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with multiple years of experience teaching collegiate courses. He is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today. Jerrod has also provided consultation services to a number of caregivers, professionals, and organizations on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; confabulation, suggestibility, trauma, and other life adversities; traumatic brain injury; and youth firesetting. He has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Other Health Disabilities, and Traumatic-Brain Injuries. Jerrod has also conducted over 200 workshops, webinars, and on-demand trainings for various organizations and professional and student audiences. In 2021, Jerrod completed a post-doctoral certificate in Leadership and Organizational Strategy from Walden University and a Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from San Diego State University Global Campus. Currently, He is pursuing a graduate certificate in Neuropsychology from Ball State University with an anticipated date of graduation of fall 2022. Jerrod has published several articles and book chapters and recently co-edited Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals (Brown & Weinkauf, 2018) with Erv Weinkauf, MA. Jerrod is also regularly featured on several national and international podcast programs.


  • Financial: Jerrod Brown receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC. He is compensated for his position as CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies and receives royalties as a co-editor of Forensic Mental Health: A Source Guide for Professionals.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

How Does It Work?

Become a CTC by completing these three modules:

  1. Online Webinars: Participants independently view a series of webinars on a range of topics, developing a working understanding of trauma-informed care in the pediatric population. With your Micro-Credential purchase, you receive immediate access to 11 view-on-demand webinars: 8 core content webinars and your choice of 1 of 3 elective webinars. Complete these webinars independently and pass the post-test for each webinar. Only 1 elective is required for completion of the program. However, we recommend completing all three. For information on discounts available for previously completed webinars, download the Discount Application.
  2.  Private Facebook Group: Actively participate in this group for questions, answers, and resource sharing. Note: Participation is highly recommended, but optional. If you prefer not to use Facebook, please notify the instructor, so he can provide an alternate means of communicating shared information.
  3. Capstone Project: Using knowledge and skills obtained from completed coursework, participants design a project that can be used immediately. Projects should be meaningful considering the participant’s background, experience, setting, and specific needs. Contact Jerrod if you need feedback before you begin. Sample project ideas:
    1. Assessing and establishing goals for a specific child.
    2. Develop a goal-tracking form.
    3. Design a brief presentation for staff development purposes at your organization.
    4. Design literature about trauma and services you provide for pediatricians, psychiatrists, and other professionals.
    5. Design a parent presentation.
    6. Develop a student questionnaire.
    7. Develop a treatment modality to be used with clients who have histories of trauma.
    8. Write an article.

Throughout the process, your proctor, Jerrod Brown, PhD, will support, encourage, and guide you. He is available to answer any questions that arise about the content in this Micro-Credential. Your micro-credential certificate will be emailed to you upon completion of the three modules described above, and you will receive your CTC credentialing.

Learning Assessment: Objective post-tests following each required webinar and satisfactory completion of a Capstone Project.

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