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Course: What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey

CE Credit Hours: 13
Fee: $59

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Through engaging personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry explore how what happens to us in early childhood influences the people we become. They challenge us to shift from focusing on 'What's wrong with you?' or 'Why are you behaving that way?' to asking, 'What happened to you?'

Many people experience adversity that has a lasting impact on our physical and emotional health. What happens to us in childhood is a powerful predictor of our risk for health problems down the road and offers scientific insights into the patterns of behaviors so many struggle to understand.

The two focus not only on a new understanding of people's behavior, but also on trauma's effects across the life span. It's a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma that allows readers to understand their past so that they may clear a path to their future, opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way. This book will help clinicians assist their clients in making sense out of their lives and moving forward.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Use the upside-down triangle model to explain trauma, the brain, and stress.
  • Describe the Tree of Regulation and its role in 'regulation, relationship, and reward.'
  • Discuss how the long-term effects of stress are determined by the pattern of stress activation.
  • Identify three types of 'developmental adversity' that will predictably alter the core regulatory networks and cause widespread problems.
  • Use the need for balance between adversity and connectedness to explain the impact of developmental experience.
  • Create a developmentally informed, trauma-aware approach to treatment.
  • Integrate ways to help a dysregulated person feel more regulated.
  • Analyze built-in biases in oneself and structural biases within systems and how they interfere with being trauma-informed.
  • Use the Neurosequential Model to teach on how an individual’s brain appears to be organized.
  • Explain the central role of connectedness and how the modern world undermines it.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey

Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, a child psychiatrist and neuroscientists, is the principal of the Neurosequential Network, senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born for Love, about the essential nature of empathy.

Over the course of her career Oprah Winfrey has created a connection with people around the world. As host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, she entertained, enlightened, and uplifted millions of viewers for twenty-five years. Her continued accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most influential and admired public figures in the world today.