Training Class Details
Class Title: Unconditional Care: Trauma and its Impact on Child Development-3.5 CAMFT, RN, & APA CE Credits
Class Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 0
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: John Sprinson, Ph.D.
Class Description:

Unconditional Care: Trauma and Its Impact on Child Development- 3.5 CAMFT, RN, & APA CE Credits


A brief history of trauma studies will be given and recent developments in the field regarding complex trauma and developmental trauma disorder will be discussed. The special problems of children who experience trauma at the hands of their caretakers will be described. The effects of some specific forms of trauma and maltreatment will also be covered. Treatment considerations, especially as they relate to children who have both trauma and attachment difficulties will be outlined. 




  • Define the “empathy barrier” that can arise in work with traumatized clients and how this barrier can cause a drift to normalization and blame.
  • By understanding the history of the concept of psychological trauma and the current dilemmas related to complex PTSD, give at least two examples of problems service providers face in work with clients and families.
  • Name at least two specific impacts and disruptions at each stage of development for latency-aged through adolescent clients.
  • Explain the concept of convergence of attachment and trauma studies and the implications of that convergence.



John Sprinson, Ph.D.

John Sprinson is currently the Clinical Director at Seneca Center.  John joined Seneca during its first year of existence and has been actively involved in the clinical leadership of the agency throughout its history.  With Ken Berrick, Seneca’s founder, John co-authored Unconditional Care: Relationship-based, Behavioral Intervention With Vulnerable Children and Families, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.  This book is a comprehensive statement of the theoretical and methodological base of the agency’s efforts to support vulnerable children and youth.  Since the 1980s John has been interested in attachment theory, learning theory, trauma and clinical training and staff training. John received his graduate training in Psychology at Duke University and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at UCSF.  Prior to joining Seneca Center he was an assistant director of a day treatment program for young children. 




You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, San Francisco or Monterey Counties in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.

                                CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Course meets the qualifications for 10 continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and for psychologists as required by the California Board of Psychology. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Seneca is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.  

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed.



• You must sign IN & OUT before you leave. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written.



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through

registration confirmation email or by calling:

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 654-4004 x2244


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.