Transforming Childhood Trauma: A Strength-Based Approach

In this 12-hour online course, you will learn a strength‐based approach for working with childhood trauma in schools and therapeutic settings that engages the whole child, including their physical, mental and emotional resources to promote healing, develop resilience and support growth.

You'll learn to integrate evidence-based tools, such as yoga, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning activities into your work with youth (ages 3‐18) to safely release stress, regulate the nervous system, express and integrate feelings, and attend to the present moment.​

In addition, you'll also gain skills to help you manage your own stress, trauma and post-trauma reactions from personal and professional experiences – benefiting your work, your relationships, and your well-being.

What More You Will Learn

  • Latest findings in neurobiology as it relates to stress, trauma and developmental trauma
  • How stress and trauma uniquely manifest in children
  • What's missing in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) rating scale, effects of trauma on the developing brain and identifed resliency factors
  • How to build resilience “toolkits” and create lesson/treatment plans that help youth identify their individual, family and cultural strengths, support systems, and daily practices to promote resilience and growth
  • Targeted interventions to safely de-escalate fight, flight or freeze responses gleaned from the instructors’ 30+ years of experience in school, clinic and home settings

This course is particularly useful for teachers, school counselors, clinicians and social service workers, though parents, foster/adoptive parents or anyone working with youth will benefit. No prerequisites or prior yoga experience necessary.


Meet the course instructors, Kathy Flaminio and Lynea Gillen, and hear about their backgrounds and inspiration for creating this course (2.5 mins)

Get Credit!

This course qualifies for one University of the Pacific/Benerd College graduate-level, semester credit. CEUs and/or 12 Washington State clock hours are also available. Certificate of completion is provided and accepted for continuing education by many professional licensing boards.

More Details

Online, Self-Paced Course with Lifetime Access to Course Materials.

$195 Course Fee
$62 Optional College Credit (1 UOP/BC graduate-level, semester credit; payment due to UOP/BC)

$50 Yoga Calm Certified Instructor Discount (Contact us for discount code)

10% Group Discount for groups of 3 or more. Contact for registration information)

Purchase orders accepted. Send PO to along with registrant names and email addresses)

Installment billing available. Select “PayPal CREDIT” for 6 months of interest-free financing (requires a minimum $25/month payment).

Contact us if you have any questions.


Monthly Support Series

Need some additional support applying this course's strategies and activities with your specific student and client needs?

Our Professional Support Series is designed to do just that. In each of its five ​interactive ​sessions you will meet online with Lynea and Kathy to explore one topic related to childhood trauma and stress, review illustrative examples (from the instructors' professional experience), and then explore, through a question-and-answer session, applications for your specific student and client needs.

It's also a great way to review and deepen your understanding of course materials as well as garner additional peer support for your work.

The Professional Support Series​ will be presented to you as an option when registering for the Transforming childhood Trauma Course.


Lynea Gillen, LPC, RYT, is pioneer in the field of health and wellness education for youth. Her heart-centered, creative and effective tools were developed directly from her 40+ years of supporting youth as a school teacher, counselor and clinician.

Lynea's Yoga Calm curriculum was developed in a behavior classroom in a rural Oregon elementary school over 17 years ago and has been shared with tens of thousands of teachers, counselors and therapist who work with children around the world in diverse settings such urban classrooms, clinics and psychiatric hospitals like the Mayo Clinic.

​Lynea is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College, and the University of the Pacific. Her books and media have also won eight national awards. Lynea is a current Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Oregon, holds an MS in Counseling in Education from PSU and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, RYT, is an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a licensed social worker with over 20 years of experience.

​She is the owner of 1000 Petals, a well‐being training and consulting company, and works at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital providing yoga‐based therapy in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Units. Kathy co‐authored the Teen Resiliency Program with Dr. Henry Emmons and Group, which is an integrative skill‐based model to support teens with anxiety, depression and other stress‐related conditions. She currently provides moving and learning residencies in 63 Minnesota classrooms.


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