Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:  This course explores brain development and the impact of early experiences on a child’s growing brain.  The course describes how maltreatment can alter development and describes such major effects as persistent fear response, hyperarousal, increased internalizing symptoms, diminished executive functioning, and delayed developmental milestones.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.

Reading:  Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development

Find the reading at:  https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/brain_development.pdf

Publisher:  Child Information Gateway

Children’s Bureau

US Department of Health and Human Services

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to maltreatment and brain development.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the term plasticity and the process of creating, strengthening, and discarding synapses.  Describe the process of brain development in adolescence.  Identify the major effects of maltreatment on brain development.

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1: The first area of the brain to fully develop is
2: At its peak, the cerebral cortex of a healthy toddler may create _____________ synapses per second (Zero to Three, 2009).
3: The process by which a white fatty tissue insulates mature brain cells by forming a sheath which ensures clear transmission across synapses is called ____________.
4: Researchers use the term ______________ to describe the brain's ability to change in response to repeated stimulation.
5: ______________  refers to the windows of time in the developmental process when certain parts of the brain may be most susceptible to particular experiences.
6: Which of the following refers to a baby's capacity to perceive their environment and recall it in certain unconscious ways.
7: Entering a new child care setting is an example of
8: Which of the following describes what is referred to as 'serve and return?'
9: Adults who were maltreated may have reduced volume in the hippocampus, which is central to
10: A child who is constantly on alert and unable to achieve the relative calm necessary for learning may be experiencing
11: Children who have been maltreated may be __________ responsive to positive stimuli than nonmaltreated children.
12: Maltreated teens have often developed brains that focus more on
13: Which of the following is not an example of  trends in child welfare that may help provide a more caring view of the world to an abused or neglected child?
14: Which of the following is an example of a protective factor?
15: Because brain functioning is altered by repeated experiences that strengthen and sensitize neuronal pathways, interventions should

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.