Childhood Trauma, Epigenetics, Mental Health and Treatment 2.0

Original price was: $149.00.Current price is: $69.00.


According to SAMHSA, more than two-thirds of children reported at least one traumatic event by age 16. Traumatic experiences for children leave a legacy of reminders that can persist for years and elicit various responses. Those working with traumatized children must consider presenting and comorbid mental health issues, epigenetics, and implementing developmentally appropriate interventions. Childhood Trauma, Epigenetics, Mental Health and Treatment 2.0 will help Mental Health Professionals understand the etiology of children’s challenges, build an awareness of the effect of epigenetics, and recognize the foundations of lifespan mental health challenges.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will: 

  1. List basic etiological and epigenetic contributors to children’s mental issues
  2. Discuss the fundamental psychological and neurobiological effects of trauma on children 
  3. Assess various developmentally appropriate interventions with traumatized children 


Michele Louviere, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of counseling experience. She has a Master of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling degree and one year of doctoral work from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Louisiana State University. After completing her internship as a counselor at Celebration Church in Metairie, LA, Michele moved to Portland, Oregon, where she was first licensed as a LMFT and practiced for eight years. 

Daniel S. Sweeney, PhD, LPC, LMFT, ACS, RPT-S*, is the founder and director of the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies. He is also a tenured professor of counseling and Clinical Director of the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling program in the Graduate School of Counseling at George Fox University. Dr. Sweeney is a former member of the board of directors and past-president of the Association for Play Therapy, a registered play therapist-supervisor (RPT-S) and maintains a small private practice. Daniel has extensive experience in working with children, couples, and families in a variety of settings, including therapeutic foster care, community mental health, private practice, and pastoral counseling. He has presented at regional, national and international conferences on the topics of play therapy, sandtray therapy, filial therapy, couple and family therapy, and trauma interventions. 

Course Lessons

CTEM 101: Introduction to Childhood Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Epigenetics  

Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D. 
Runtime: 32 minutes 43 seconds

In this session, Dr. Daniel Sweeney will provide an introduction to childhood trauma, adverse childhood experiences and the role of epigenetics in understanding mental health.  

CTEM 102: The Treatment of Trauma: Play Therapy and Advanced Techniques 

Daniel Sweeney, Ph.D. 
Runtime: 57 minutes 48 seconds

In this session, Dr. Daniel Sweeney will discuss different goals and principles in trauma treatment, play therapy and advanced techniques in treating childhood trauma. 

CTEM 103: Hope for Childhood Trauma: Current Focus and Issues  

Michele Louviere, M.A. 
Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes 6 seconds

In this session, Michele Louviere, M.A., will discuss the current focus and issues of trauma that children are facing in today’s world. 

Continuing Education

2.75 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: