Early Psychological Intervention for Children Following Tragic Events

This is a 2 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on October 21, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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Sudden death or injury and large-scale traumatic events befall many children and adolescents. Therapists are often called upon in these situations to assist survivors and indirectly exposed children. However, early interventions differ from psychotherapeutic interventions in important ways.

This workshop will teach you how to prepare and respond to tragic events like disasters, war, terrorism, and mass-scale casualties by familiarizing yourself with current best practice standards for early interventions.

You will receive a protocol for disclosing tragic events to children. You will also learn dozens of practical, play-based, culturally sensitive techniques that provide stabilization, coping, social support-based, and psychoeducational interventions to young survivors and their families. Many of these techniques correspond to the Psychological First Aid modules and other best practice protocols.

This workshop will conclude with a discussion of posttraumatic growth and tips for therapists’ self-care and replenishment after engaging in early intervention work.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  • identify at least three play therapy techniques
  • differentiate between active (or directive) and “voiceless” (or self-initiated), play-based, early interventions.
  • describe interventions that align with the “five elements” proposed by Hobfoll and colleagues (2007).
  • identify 5 elements (i.e., the 5 Rs) that can be used when making death notifications or disclosing tragic events to children.
  • name at least 3 methods of self-care to promote posttraumatic growth following early interventions with youth.

Janine Shelby, PhD, is a trauma psychologist, trained child forensic interviewer, and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

Dr. Shelby began her career as the Clinical Director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Rape Treatment Center, where she oversaw adult outpatient psychotherapy services. These services included school-based education and rape prevention programs, and emergency crisis response systems for sexual assault survivors. Subsequently, she served as the Director of Training and Lead Forensic Interviewer in the Department of Pediatrics child advocacy service at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

After transitioning to the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Professor, Janine founded Harbor-UCLA’s Child Trauma Clinic. At the clinic, children, adolescents, and their caregivers received evidence-based, trauma-informed, mental health care following sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, accidental injury, community violence, and other adverse events.

Dr. Shelby has authored 50 peer-reviewed presentations and publications and 30 additional publications. Her work has been influential to child-focused clinicians seeking to recognize common posttraumatic responses, implement research-based approaches to clinical care, and provide culturally and developmentally sensitive posttraumatic interventions. She has delivered more than 200 presentations in the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Examples of mass care setting activities to promote understanding of common engagement, coping, and soothing early interventions
  • Review of historical responses to tragic events, critical incident stress debriefing, expressive artst, interventions, and the development of current best practice early intervention models
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the “Five Elements”
2nd hour
  • Death Notifications Script, rationale, and practice for death and tragic events notifications.
  • Specific Tools, Techniques, and Activities (2.5 hours) Dozens of play-based early intervention strategies that align with the goals/objectives of the PFA and the “five elements”.

This training offers 2 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

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For Canadian and International participants

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  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

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US Continuing Education Information


This professional continuing education activity was sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and co-sponsored by Leading Edge Seminars. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, who has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the organizations listed below, maintains responsibility for the educational activity offered and for following the standards and regulations for the organizations listed below. This non-live on-demand activity is approved for 2 CE hours.

No partial credit will be awarded. At the end of the workshop, Leading Edge Seminars will provide attendees with an instruction sheet on how to complete the online evaluation and how to print your CE certificate of completion. You will be required to pass a post test with a score of 80% or higher.  You will be able to complete this process immediately after the conclusion of the activity.

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Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc and Leading Edge Seminars. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 2 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

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Course launch date: 9/8/2022

Next course review/expire date: 9/8/2025

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There is no commercial support for this activity.

None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

This course is an intermediate-advanced level.

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