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University of Minnesota launches course on Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War

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 is taught in English and intended for individuals who work with children who are victims of trauma due to disasters or war either in educational or social services settings. There are no specific educational or work experience requirements for enrollment.

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Completely self-paced, Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives can be completed on a timetable that works for each individual student. The class is taught through online videos, and students also receive assignments and readings to support learning. Deadlines for turning in assignments are flexible. Most students will need to devote a total of 19 hours to the course to complete it successfully. The course qualifies for 10 hours of continuing education credit for teachers, provided students pay a $99 fee. A $49 course completion certificate is also available for those who need verification that they took the class but do not require continuing education credits.

The class begins with Origins and Landmark Studies in the Science of Resilience in Children, a discussion of what resilience is and what scientific theories exist to describe it. During the second unit, Methods and Models of Research on Resilience, students will learn about models and methods related to the science of resiliency and have a chance to apply these to real world case studies. For the final two units, the themes are Effects on Children of Natural and Technological Disasters and Resilience in Children Exposed to War and Political Violence.

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