The goal of the series is to enable CASA Advocates to: identify trauma and complex trauma, identify causes, symptoms and behaviors for different ages and genders and to give CASAs insight into how to adequately help their children to deescalate and/or advocate for appropriate care with professionals.  Further, if these goals are accomplished, CASA Advocates will be better able to help to provide children with better opportunities to function in a healthy independent manner.

Trauma in Children  13-20

September 26, 2020

Once registered, the ZOOM link will be emailed. 


     Dr. Deborah Mucha, a trauma-informed clinical psychologist, continues her Trauma training series specially created for CASA Westmoreland Advocates. In this Zoom session, she zeroes in on how trauma impacts an adolescent/emerging young adult. For youth 13-17, the focus is what trauma behaviors could look like for this age group. It is essential that trauma symptoms that may have been missed or overlooked previously be addressed in a straightforward manner. Suicidal thoughts, plans and actions can emerge.

     We will also explore the impact trauma has on the child, their family and society. For older CASA kids, ages 18-20, there is an urgency to helping this population not repeat the cycle. There is a need for us to understand a youth’s need for safety and the type of relationship this can lead to including looking for love in all the wrong places and kids becoming moms and dads. In addition, They are taking on the trauma of being a caretaker to their siblings and also their parents. They feel they need to take care of the adults. They feel younger kids need to have a better life but they themselves need to take care of their parents. Finally, we will explore the impact that isolation and COVID have had on our older foster youth.


Deborah Ann Mucha, PSY.D. (APA accredited), Carlow University

Deborah Ann Mucha, PSY.D. (APA accredited), Carlow University – Dr. Mucha is post-doctoral level psychologist with skills in counseling, trauma interventions and trauma counseling. She is on the Undergraduate Adjunct Faculty for the Behavioral Science Division of University of Pittsburgh Greensburg.  Deborah has given trauma presentations across the United States. She is a Field Traumatologist, a certified First Responder in disasters and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Past Sessions:

July 18, 2020
“Trauma in Children 7-12”

March 7, 2020
“The Impact of Trauma on Foster Children”

May 16, 2020
“Trauma in Children Ages 0-6”

Future Sessions:

Part 3 – May 2020
Trauma in Children 0-6

Part 4 – July 2020
Trauma in Children 7-12

Part 5 – September 2020
Trauma in Children  13-20

Part 6 – November 2020
Vicarious Trauma in CASA Advocates & Staff

Part 7 – January 2021
Preview of Bernie Levey Water Project
Concluding Session

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