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Interpersonal and Structural Trauma in the Criminal Justice System

Available: 06/06/23– 06/06/26


FREE - $0

Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government. This module was developed in collaboration with the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. 



The course, “Interpersonal and Structural Trauma in the Criminal Justice System” goes over social injustice and mental health, childhood trauma, structural trauma, as well as the effects and implications of trauma on juveniles and adults in the criminal justice system.


Recorded webinar, interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on August 31, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the structural issues that patients and families of patients encountered or at risk for encountering.

  • Recognize principles of social injustice and healthcare system inequities.

  • Identify childhood trauma and population risk factors like poverty, learning disabilities, and family dysfunction.

  • Explore the biological and psychological aspects of an individual’s upbringing and the impact that it has on an individual’s development.

  • Utilize practical applications for service providers working with juveniles and adults with carceral system involvement.

Target Audience

Counselor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Physician, Peer Specialist/Peer Support, Social Worker

Instructional Level

Introductory, Intermediate

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.5 hour
Program Start Date: June 6, 2023
Program End Date: June 6, 2026

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including viewing the full video and submitting an evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours/credits earned.

Continuing Education Credit


In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures





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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This website requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be:  Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 06/06/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits
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