After this course you'll be able to:

(1 hour to complete)

  • Understand multigenerational Trauma

  • Understand how a parent’s past experiences and trauma may impact their current behaviors and parenting dynamics

  • Use strategies for working with families in child welfare who have experienced multigenerational trauma

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Introduction To The Course

    • Have you taken the Academy Pre-Survey?

    • Welcome!

    • Opening Activity: Meet Karen

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Types of Trauma

    • Understanding Trauma & Its Impact

    • Check for Understanding: Trauma & It's Impact

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Multigenerational Trauma

    • Types of Trauma That Are Passed Down

    • Handout: My Grandmother's Hands

    • Cultural & Historical Trauma

    • Check for Understanding: Cultural & Historical Trauma

    • Racial Trauma

    • Check for Understanding: Racial Trauma

    • Parent's Trauma

    • Check for Understanding: Parent's Trauma

    • Multigenerational Trauma

    • Check For Understanding: Multigenerational Trauma

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Building Resilience

    • Activity: Hear the rest of Karen's reaction

    • Discussion: Reflect on Karen

    • Activity: Meet Sylvia

    • Discussion: Explore Potential Challenges

    • Strategies That Build Resilience

    • Discussion: How can Sylvia help Karen?

    • Resiliency & Healing

    • Check for Understanding: Building Resilience

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Closing

    • Closing Activity: A knock on Karen's door.

    • Course Evaluation


Child Welfare Academy Coordinator

Cassandra Mendoza

Cassandra has multiple years of experience working with Black and Latinx families in urban settings, families with child welfare involvement, and children living in under-resourced communities. Cassandra has experience providing academic tutoring and socio-emotional counseling to public school students in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing, Cassandra was a bilingual, mental health therapist and crisis specialist providing services to families that have experienced violence and youth and caregivers involved in the child welfare system in Chicago, IL and Los Angeles County.