Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Crisis and Trauma Counseling


This course meets the California pre-licensure requirement for Crisis and Trauma Counseling (15 clock hours) for LPCCs.

This course is based on four CEmobile courses:

  • Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide
  • Skills for Psychological Recovery: Field Operations Guide
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Implementation Manual
  • Disaster Preparedness: Assessment and Management for Children and Adolescents.

Course Description: The first segment of this course addresses Psychological First Aid, which is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Psychological First Aid is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. Principles and techniques of Psychological First Aid meet four basic standards. They are:

  1. Consistent with research evidence on risk and resilience following trauma
  2. Applicable and practical in field settings
  3. Appropriate for developmental levels across the lifespan
  4. Culturally informed and delivered in a flexible manner

The second segment of this course focuses on Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR), which is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been utilized or when more intensive intervention than PFA is needed. SPR is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. SPR is based on an understanding that disaster survivors will experience a broad range of reactions (physical, psychological, behavioral, spiritual) over differing periods of time.

The next segment of this course focuses on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a components-based psychosocial treatment model that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral, attachment, humanistic, empowerment, and family therapy models. TF-CBT is recognized as being one of the most effective interventions for children who have significant psychological symptoms related to trauma exposures.

In the final segment, this course identifies best approaches for the assessment and management of children and adolescents across all phases of a disaster. These include psychological first aid, family outreach, psychoeducation, social support, screening, and anxiety reduction techniques. Multimodal approaches using social support, psychoeducation, and cognitive behavioral techniques have the strongest evidence base.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Analyze information-gathering techniques that help providers make rapid assessments of survivors' immediate concerns and needs
    • Apply field-tested, evidence-informed strategies that can be provided in a variety of disaster settings
    • Describe developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions for survivors of various ages and backgrounds
    • Analyze handouts that provide important information for youths, adults, and families for use during the course of recovery
    • Describe strategies for protecting the mental health of disaster survivors
    • Analyze techniques for enhancing survivors' abilities to address their needs and concerns
    • Demonstrate skills for promoting the recovery of children, adolescents, adults, and families
    • Assess the prevention of maladaptive behaviors while identifying and supporting adaptive behaviors
    • Describe the underlying components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Analyze the implementation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at each stage of the process
    • Assess the key elements of delivery of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Analyze the steps taken to sustain fidelity to and avoid drift from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Analyze the effectiveness of assessment and management approaches for children and adolescents
    • Critique the interventions of disaster mental health services for children and adolescents

    Course Components:

    • Online text (included)
    • Multiple choice online exam (included)
    • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

    Course Credit(s): 15 CE Credits or Hours

    Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

    Course Schedule: Self-paced

    Course Author(s): Melissa Brymer, PsyD, PhD, Christopher Layne, PhD, Anne Jacobs, PhD, Robert Pynoos, MD, MPH, Josef Ruzek, PhD, Alan Steinberg, PhD, Eric Vernberg, PhD, Patricia Watson, PhD, Steve Berkowitz, MD, Richard Bryant, PhD, Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Robert Macy, PhD, Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD, Judith A. Cohen, MD, Anthony Mannarino, PhD, Esther Deblinger, PhD, Betty Pfefferbaum, MD, JD, Jon A. Shaw, MD

    Content Publisher(s): National Child Traumatic Stress Network; National Center for PTSD; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Child Sexual Abuse Task Force and Research & Practice Core;mAmerican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Course Author(s) Qualifications:

    Dr. Brymer is director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and an expert on how children deal with stress following disasters, like, for example, school shootings. Dr. Brymer studies how best to offer psychological assistance in the aftermath of disasters, and the role the center can play in such relief.

    Dr. Layne is program director of Education in Evidence-Based Practice at the UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, UCLA School of Medicine for 10 years. The UCLA/Duke University National Center is the administrative and leadership hub of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (see, a SAMHSA-funded network of over 70 currently funded mental health treatment centers nationwide.

    Dr. Pynoos is co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress funded by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He is a professor in the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Pynoos is also the director of the UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Service and the executive director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders section.

    Dr. Ruzek is a clinical psychologist specializing in treatment of post-traumatic stress problems. He currently serves as Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. He is coeditor of two editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma, and a contributing author for the National Center for PTSD’s Iraq War Clinician Guide. He is also a co-editor of Caring for Veterans with Deployment-Related Stress Disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond, published by the American Psychological Association.

    Dr. Steinberg is Associate Director, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.

    Dr. Vernberg joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 1993 as a core faculty member in the newly-established Clinical Child Psychology Program, and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science. Dr. Vernberg is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters in his area of study.

    Dr. Watson is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD and assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. Her education includes a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University, and a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School. 

    Dr. Berkowitz is Founder and President of SMB Health Consulting specializing in clinical and operational performance improvement for health care systems and leadership development for administrators, physicians and trustees.

    Dr. Bryant is Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is also an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead Hospital.

    Dr. Hamblen is currently serving as Acting Deputy Executive Director along with her role as the Deputy for Education at the National Center for PTSD.

    Dr. Macy is a founding member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

    Dr. Osofsky is Kathleen and John Bricker Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, LSU School of Medicine.

    Dr. Cohen is Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

    Dr. Cohen has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and received its Outstanding Professional Award in 2000. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and is Associate Editor of its Journal of Traumatic Stress. She also served as the first author of the ISTSS published guidelines for treating childhood PTSD. Dr. Cohen is the Principal Author of the Practice Parameters for the assessment and treatment of childhood PTSD published by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). In 2004, ACCAP awarded her its 2004 Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement.

    Dr. Mannarino is currently Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

    Dr. Esther Deblinger is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is co-founder and co-director of the New Jersey Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute, which is a member center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

    Dr. Pfefferbaum is George Lynn Cross Research Professor and former chairman (1996-2014) of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. She is a board-certified general and child psychiatrist, a lawyer, and member of the Oklahoma Bar.

    Dr. Shaw is Professor and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine. He is certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult and Child Psychoanalysis.

    Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

    CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
    Social workers participating in this course will receive 15 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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    The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
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    Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
    National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
    American Psychological Association (APA)

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