Understanding Trauma & Fostering Resiliency in Children and Adolescents

This training series offers an in-depth look at effective and creative techniques to foster resilience in school aged children and youth who have experienced adversity and trauma.


Christine Mark-Griffin

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Course Overview

How can children who suffer from traumatic experiences go from surviving to thriving? This training series offers an in-depth look at effective and creative techniques to foster resilience in school aged children and youth who have experienced adversity and trauma. This course is for professionals seeking effective ways to address dysfunctional behaviors as a result of children’s exposure to trauma. In this training, participants will explore research and evidence around how to foster resilience in children and youth. Participants will learn best practices and approaches to help children learn, grow and thrive. 

This course will be provided in 2 sessions. The first session will focus on defining different types of childhood trauma, trauma responses and trauma informed approaches. The second session will focus on interventions and techniques to help children strengthen and build resilience.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common childhood traumas and behavioral trauma responses in children
  • Become familiar with tools to identify child adversity and resilience in children
  • Learn & identify risk and protective factors that impact resiliency
  • Understand the spectrum of trauma & learn the difference between trauma informed and trauma invested mindset
  • Explore characteristics that contribute to high levels of resiliency
  • Practice strategies to help children cultivate and promote resilience

Target Audience

  • Teachers and Educators working with students in a school setting.
  • Counsellors, Social Workers and Psychologists working with students in a school setting.
  • Counsellors, Social Workers and Psychologists working with school-aged children and youth.

Two sessions of 4 hours each. Due to the time difference between US and Singapore, the sessions will be conducted in the mornings (Singapore time)

Workshop Topics

Session One:

  • Defining child trauma
  • Identifying common childhood traumas
    • Physical abuse, Sexual, abuse, Emotional abuse, Physical neglect, Emotional neglect, Exposure to substance abuse, mental illness, Parental separation or divorce, Incarcerated household member, bullying, community or school violence, witnessing or experiencing domestic violence, gun violence, National disasters or terrorism, Commercial sexual exploitation, Sudden or violent loss of a loved one, Refugee or war experiences etc.
  • Identifying risk and protective factors for childhood resilience
  • The Continuum of Trauma
    • Single Incident Trauma, Chronic Trauma, Complex Trauma, Vicarious Trauma
  • The Trauma Spectrum
    • Trauma-Inducing, Trauma-Ignorant,Trauma-Indifferent, Trauma-Aware, Trauma-Informed, Trauma-Sensitive, Trauma-Invested
  • Identifying practices along the trauma spectrum
  • Tools to identify adverse childhood experiences and resilience in children and their network of support
    • Aces Questionnaires
    • Resilience Questionnaires

Session Two:

  • Identifying unmet needs for children
    • Emotional, Relational, Physical, Control
  • The Continuum of Resilience
  • Interventions to promote resilience in children
  • The 3 R’s: Relationship, Responsibility, Regulation
    • The 7 C’s: Competence,Confidence, Connection,Character, Contribution,Coping, Control
    • The power of loving relationships
    • Teaching the future generation of adults
  • Teaching & Learning from 2 lenses: Building your own resilience & building the resilience in children you work with.

About the Trainer

Christine Mark-Griffin
Christine Mark-Griffin holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in San Francisco, California. She has been working with children, youth, mothers and families for the past decade in a variety of capacities. She is the author of the book, ‘EMDR Workbook for Kids’. She has also created and provided trainings for mental health professionals, educators, school districts, non-profit and professional organizations on topics such as suicide prevention, mental health, mindfulness, trauma, self-care and building resiliency. ​ Christine’s social work journey began as a mentor for at-risk children & youth in a mentoring program for survivors of domestic violence. This experience sparked her interest in working with underprivileged children & youth towards a career as a social worker. Over the years, Christine’s professional experience has included working with children, adolescents and adults through child welfare, school-based mental health programs and victims of crime programs. This has exposed her to working with diverse populations dealing with various issues involving child maltreatment, severe mental health and complex trauma. ​ As a professional with experience in the child welfare, behavioral health and public school systems, Christine has a wealth of knowledge and understanding to an array of challenges in working with children and adolescents including: severe mental health, childhood experienced trauma, sexual trauma, dual diagnosis, maternal mental health, learning disabilities, substance abuse, substance exposure, juvenile delinquency, immigration, incarceration, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), domestic violence, gang violence, grief and loss, attachment problems, posttraumatic stress and much more. ​ Christine is a certified EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant-in-Training (CIT) who specializes in working with women and children. Christine uses a strength based approach and works closely with clients to create an individualized plan to begin sparking a way towards wellness in a motivating and meaningful way. She combines several therapeutic evidenced based techniques and approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Trauma Concious Yoga Method (TCYM), Transcending Sexual Trauma Through Yoga, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy and TraumaPlay to help support children, adolescents, adults and families towards their overall wellness goals.

Available Funding

Normal Fees: S$580


SkillsFuture Credit: ​Can be used to pay course fee fully or partially
NTUC UTAP: NTUC union members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above)
NCSS VCF Pre- Approval Funding: $174
​​Schools & Ministries: e-invoicing via vendor.gov