Pearl Berman, PhD; Dana Hysock Witham, PhD; Terri Wells; and Whitney Carmichael, MA

The mission of Project FORECAST is to develop training partnerships with universities and their community-based workforce partners that will increase the competence of professionals entering child-serving sectors. As part of Project FORECAST, this interactive workshop introduces participants to a Problem-Based Learning Simulation (PBL-S) where they will acquire, practice, and apply the critical thinking skills that are necessary to effectively intervene with "real world" situations involving children and families exposed to traumatic stress.


  1. Identify physical, emotional, and behavioral indicators of traumatic stress/child maltreatment within the case simulation.
  2. Discuss documentation pertaining to allegations of child maltreatment as it applies to the case simulation.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills (in the form of facts, hunches/hypotheses, next steps, and learning issues) to generate the initial steps of an investigative plan based on available case information.
  4. Manage a trauma-informed investigation plan for the case simulation that includes involvement of multi-disciplinary investigative team (MDIT) disciplines.

Target Audience: Clinical personnel, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, criminal justice professionals, health care professionals.

Introductory level. CE credits offered = 1.5 contact hours.