Children, Youth, Stress and Trauma

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About this course

This course discusses they way children and young people respond when faced with traumatic and stressful events in their own lives as well as in their families and communities. You’ll also explore the role of the family, the church, and the community in fostering resiliency in children when they are confronted with stressful and trauma experiences.

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What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Understand stress and trauma responses among children and adolescents
  • Reflect on the role of the family, church, and community in fostering resilience


Gayle Warner, MSN, MDiv, CRNP

Gayle Warner is a lover of God and a lover of children. For the past 30 years, she’s worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner, caring for children in underserved areas in the US and in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently a nurse practitioner at a public school in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.Div. in cross-cultural studies from Alliance Theological Seminary.

Earn a Certificate

The Essentials of Church Trauma Care Certificate includes 4 courses in this series. These courses will introduce you to key components of trauma care ministry. They outline a vision for churches to serve as trauma care hubs, provides education on spiritual first aid, trauma care for children and youth, community and racial trauma, and an overview of pastoral and lay counseling strategies.

To earn this certificate, you’ll need to complete all five courses in the series:

  • CATCH 101: Churches as Trauma Care Hubs
  • Spiritual First Aid: Responding to Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • Children, Youth, Stress and Trauma
  • Pastoral and Lay Counseling Strategies
  • Church CARE Now: Incarnational Trauma Care