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Parenting Traumatized Infants and Toddlers: Myths vs. Facts for 0-5


This training was originally presented on

October 4, 2022


*Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.

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This presentation will focus on the age range of 0 to 5 and what caregivers can do regarding challenging behaviors from their young children. Specific developmental considerations will be discussed as well as current terms for what these problems may be labeled (e.g., PTSD, Developmental Trauma Disorder, etc). Strong emphasis will be placed on myths (e.g., when a provider says “your child has reactive attachment and they can’t get better from that”) versus facts (e.g., how traumatic stress impacts early childhood development) for this age range. Additionally, concrete tools and resources (e.g., specific treatments) to support caregivers of these children will be discussed.


Learners will:

  • Learn how trauma impacts behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and developmental functioning for children ages 0-5
  • Understand what it means to be “trauma informed” for this age range
  • Gain Concrete tools and resources for this age range that can be shared with caregivers


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other family-serving organizations.





Dr. Michael Gomez is Clinical Instructor at Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Institute, a teaching hospital for the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He was previously director of the Adversity and Resilience Community Center (ARCC), a child trauma behavioral health clinic in Texas where he was also Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University Psychological Sciences; the Texas Tech University College of Education; and the TTUHSC School of Nursing. He was previously faculty at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect/Child Study Center Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Oklahoma University Health and Sciences Center.

Dr. Gomez specializes in Trauma-Focused CBT, treatment of adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors (PSB), PCIT, TARGET, and assessment of autism spectrum disorders. He is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT Trainers and a Nationally Certified CE-CERT Trainer, a model for addressing burnout and vicarious trauma in providers. He is a co-chair for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Trauma and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Workgroup.



Michael Gomez, PhD

Psychologist, Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Institute

Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University