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S21-104: Understanding and Addressing the Complex Web of Childhood Abuse and Trauma

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  800 Online |  DHS Approved
Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
4 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



This workshop will examine the collateral consequences of child abuse and trauma while exploring addiction, social, psychological, and developmental implications. Participants will discuss the various forms of child abuse and trauma, gender differences, propensity, and risk factors. Participants will use current literature to explore the importance of understanding best treatment modalities, congruent with the type of trauma. Participants will be able to articulate the importance of understanding emerging family structures, effective treatment interventions, and dual exposure to trauma and addiction.


Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C Related seminars and products: 5

Cruz and Associates

Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups. 

Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations. 

Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:

  • In 2016, Ms. Cruz joined the University of Maryland (Shady Grove) School of Social Work teaching Advanced Trauma.
  • In 2015, Ms. Cruz joined the Catholic University of America School of Social Work teaching Advanced Ethics.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


09:00am Registration
10:00am - 11:30am


11:30am - 11:45am    Break
11:45am - 1:15pm

Lecture (Continued)

1:15pm Questions & Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Define the various forms of child abuse/trauma and their collateral consequences. 
  • Explore the link between child abuse and the propensity for addiction, mental illness, trauma, legal involvement, psychological issues, and developmental implications.
  • Understand the connection between identifying the correct form of child abuse/trauma in order to ensure appropriate implementation of treatment modalities.
  • Articulate essential clinical skills needed to evaluate children with extensive childhood trauma.

Bibliography & References



Erozkan, Atilgan, (2016) The Link between Types of Attachment and Childhood Trauma. Universal Journal of Education Research 4(5): 1071-1079.

Dudley, Richard. (2015) Childhood Trauma and Its Effects: Implications for Police.  New Perspective in Policing Bulletin, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.

Buss, Kristen et al. (2015) Trauma and Treatment in Early Childhood: A Review of the Historical and Emerging Literature for Counselor. The Professional Counselor, Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 225-237

Child Welfare Welfare Information Gateway. (2019) Fact Sheet: Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau, 1-9.

Rasmussen, Ingvild et al. (2018) Childhood maltreatment trauma: a comparison between patients in treatment for substance use disorders and patients in mental health treatment. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Vol 9

Vloet, Timo et al. (2017) Post-Traumatic Growth in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment, 1-7.

Book: Theories for Direct Social Work Practice, Joseph Walsh

Book: Principles of Trauma Therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluations and treatment, Briere & Scott

Book: Assessing and Treating Trauma & PTSD, Linda J. Schupp, Ph.D

Book: Trauma, A contemporary Directions in Theory, Practice and Research, Ringel & Brandell

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $85 and includes CE credit. Registering after June 9, 2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {4} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, 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. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {4} continuing education credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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