Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives is a free online course offered by the University of Minnesota in the United States. The class can be taken for continuing education credits required to maintain teacher certification in some states; however, those interested in receiving this credit must pay a fee. Among the topics covered in the six-week course are: Origins and Landmark Studies in the Science of Resilience in Children; Methods and Models of Research on Resilience; Effects on Children of Natural and Technological Disasters; Resilience in Children Exposed to War and Political Violence; Roles of Families, Schools, Culture, and Community in Promoting Resilience of Children; and A Resilience Framework for Action, Enduring Controversies, and New Horizons in the Study of Resilience.
Psychological First Aid is a free online course offered by John Hopkins University in the United States. During this five-week course, students will learn how to respond quickly in order to provide support for individuals who have recently undergone trauma, such as accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. The class teaches the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition) and is beneficial for individuals who work in social service, health care, education, human resources, disaster relief and other fields. To succeed in the class, students will likely need to devote one to three hours of time to the coursework each week.
Teaching Students Who Have Suffered Complex Trauma is a free online course offered by the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Through this course, educators in the fields of early childhood, primary, secondary and post-secondary education will learn techniques for assisting students who have been exposed to trauma. The class also discusses the neuroscientific changes that occur in the wake of trauma, so that educators can fully understand the causes of behavioral and social issues many students may experience. The class lasts for two weeks with one hour of study time required weekly.
Migrants and Refugees in Education: A Toolkit for Teachers is a free online course offered by the British Council in the United Kingdom. This course gives students an opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of teaching migrant and refugee students firsthand from recorded video testimonials. In addition, the class provides tips, techniques and resources that teachers can use in their own classrooms to assist migrant and refugee children. The class lasts for three weeks, and most students will need to spend three hours on the coursework weekly.