NACSW Online Continuing Education

Assessing/Preparing Adoptive Families to Care for Traumatized Children
Length: 1.5 CEU hours
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • related professionals
  • clergy
  • students
  • Educators
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.5

Jayne E. Schooler, MBS
Hope Haslam Straughn, Ph.D., MSW, ACSW
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Course Outline

How can we better prepare foster and adoptive families to care for children with a history of trauma? By integrating trauma-informed language into the assessment and preparation process. This interactive workshop will provide participants with the tools to better prepare families and narrow the gap between expectations of the adoption experience and the realities that come.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Participants will have an understanding of the impact of trauma on children and the families with whom they live.

2. Participants will know how to educate family members during the family assessment process regarding realistic expectations for fostering or adopting children who have been maltreated.

3. Participants will understand how to incorporate trauma informed language into the assessment and preparation process for foster and adoptive families.



Jayne E. Schooler, MBS, is a national and international trainer in the field of child welfare. She is the author/co-author of six books including her newest: Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents. Jayne's work takes her yearly to Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Poland. Recently, two of her books have been translated into Russian and Polish. She is affiliated with the Institute of Human Services in Ohio. Hope Haslam Straughn, Ph.D., MSW, ACSW, serves as the Interim Chair of Social Work Director, Master of Social Work Program at Wheelock College. She is an adoptive parent.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.