Kinship Live Virtual Webinar Training- “Trauma Series: What is Trauma and how can it affect my kinship child?” (5/9/23)


Kinship Live Webinar Events are offered at no cost.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

5:30 PM-7:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Dr. Tess Smith-Thomas, Pediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Please register by 5/9/2023


Understanding Trauma and how it affects children can be very difficult.  Because trauma can be experienced in a uniquely personal way, a child’s reaction to the trauma can also be just as unique.  In addition to understanding trauma, it is important to recognize children who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, community violence, and the like, can continue to experience the effects of this trauma long after they have been removed from the situation or the source. Knowing and understanding what trauma is and how it can affect children has implications for how caregivers provide structure, discipline, support, and empathy, while remaining sensitive to the child’s past experiences.

Join us on May 9, from 5:30 pm – 7 pm where we will gain a better understanding of what trauma is, how it affects our children, and how caregivers can support these children as they work through the trauma.

About the Trainer:

Dr. Tess Smith-Thomas is an assistant professor of pediatric psychology in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She provides clinical care to children and families experiencing difficulty adjusting to an injury or illness. Dr. Smith-Thomas is also committed to conducting applied, clinically relevant research alongside and related to her clinical work. She also collaborates with the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress to implement trauma-informed care throughout the medical setting.

Please note: Although this LIVE webinar is designed to be an informative, educational, and helpful resource for kinship families caring for relative or fictive kin children, anyone is welcome to attend including foster parents, professionals, students, or community members.

It is our hope that by participating in this LIVE webinar, attendees will receive educational and helpful information. However, it is important to note that this webinar is not approved for foster parent training credit or CEU’s as attendance is not monitored during the webinar event.