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What to Expect, What to Do: Supporting Children's Resilience

This course will explore several key questions:

  • What are the normative developmental trajectories for children from birth to age 12?
  • What is the impact of stress—particularly at toxic levels—on children's development? How does stress impact attachment?
  • What strategies can we use to foster healthy development and resilience in children?

We approach the answers to these questions from an ecological, trauma-informed perspective, drawing on research-based approaches to working with children. 

Meet the instructor

Katie_Volk_no_nameKatie Volk, MA, has been focusing on poverty and related issues for over 15 years. She has directed numerous training, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts. Katie has also trained thousands of service providers, primarily focusing on trauma-informed care, homelessness, child development, and organizational well-being. Prior to joining the Center for Social Innovation, she spent seven years at The National Center on Family Homelessness, where she worked in the post-Katrina Gulf; developed the PEACH, a physical and emotional awareness program for children; and was integral in crafting the 2009 America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness.


  • Week 1: Resilience, stress, and child development
  • Week 2: Relationships and connection: the critical role of attachment
  • Week 3: Building resilience: practice strategies 



Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended the all three, live webcasts (or watch the entire recording of each live session), completed all required learning activities, scored higher than 80% on each weekly quiz, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 4.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.



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Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, 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. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 to 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4.5 continuing education clock hours.

Center for Social Innovation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Social Innovation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by the Center for Social Innovation, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, The Center for Social Innovation is responsible for all aspects of their programing.