Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents

White Paper from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

About the Course:

This course offers detailed information regarding complex trauma in children and adolescents. A range of issues are presented, including definitions of terms, diagnostic considerations, developmental implications, coping, assessment and treatment, and recommendations for future directions. References are included for those wishing to seek additional information on the topics presented.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Publication Date:



Cook, Alexandra, Ph.D., et al. (editor)

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about complex trauma in children and adolescents. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define complex trauma and explain the diagnostic issues associated with children and adolescents.

  2. Describe developmental issues and coping /protective factors associated with complex trauma in young people.

  3. Be able to apply approaches to treatment presented in the course materials.

  4. Evaluate recommendations and future directions offered in the course materials.

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