For Schools of Social Work

New Teaching Opportunities For Faculty

Based on the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Child Trauma, the National Center has developed new curriculum material adapted for social work education. The two new courses are:

  • Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma
  • Core Concepts of Trauma‐Informed Child Welfare Practice

The courses employ a problem based learning approach used with five in-depth case studies that reflects trauma’s impact on children of every developmental age period. This approach allows students to experience “real” cases as they actually unfold in practice. The problem-based learning approach is new to many social work educators.

Both courses may be taught independent of the field component. All faculty preparing to teach a course are invited to participate in a learning collaborative which meets by teleconference. They also are invited to join an online peer network.

Click here for a map of schools of social work that offer one or both of the Core Concepts courses.

Trauma Specialization

To meet its goals, the National Center is working with schools of social work to develop child trauma treatment specialty training tracks. The “Trauma Specialization” educational model includes integrated classroom-field instruction. Advanced year MSW students take the Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma course, receive training in the use of a specific evidence based trauma treatment, and are then matched in a field placement with a field instructor trained in the same evidence-based trauma treatment methodology. This allows students to continue their training in the evidence-based trauma treatment, while enhancing the capacity of community agencies and other local provider based field instructors to deliver and supervise the model.


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