This course was extremely helpful in providing a foundation for trauma-focused work. Possibly the most important lesson from the class was how useful it is to educate oneself in trauma as a way to employ self-care and consequently, best practice. - student from the Silberman School of Social Social who completed the clinical Core Concepts
Opportunities for Students:
*Specialized coursework *Training *Practice Experience
Social work students have an opportunity, at over forty schools across the country, to enroll in one of the National Center’s Core Concepts courses taught by trained faculty. The two courses offered are: Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma (clinical practice); and Core Concepts of Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice. Both courses employ a problem-based learning approach used with five in-depth client 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 and builds their critical thinking and case conceptualization skills. See the map below to find out where the courses are offered.
Training and Field Work
Students interested in working with traumatized children and adolescents and their families should complete fieldwork at an agency that delivers evidence-based trauma treatments (EBTT). Students attending one of the National Center’s partner schools (see map below), that has implemented the full education model, receive in addition to the clinical course: a) training in an EBTT prior to beginning their field placement; b) a trauma-informed field placement at a community-based agency that delivers EBTT; and c) supervision by a field instructor trained in the same EBTT.
Students have a unique opportunity to be part of a national evaluation of the Core Concepts curriculum and full educational model (as applicable). Using a pre-post test format, the evaluation team measures gains in students’ foundational (knowledge) and functional (practice readiness) competencies after taking a course. Developmental progress of competencies are also measured one year after students have graduated to help the evaluation team understand the model or course’s impact on practitioners. Read more about the program evaluation here and student evaluation outcomes here.
Locations This map indicates locations where social work programs have offered, are currently offering, or will offer a Core Concepts course. Use mouse to zoom in on location and click dot to view course information . Please contact us to obtain program names that are not listed.