Child and Adolescent Trauma C.G.S.

Justin Davis

The Rhode ​Island College School of Social Work offers an established Certificate of Graduate Studies (C.G.S.) in child and adolescent trauma developed for matriculated students and approved through the Graduate Studies Committee. The intent of this program is to increase capacity for graduate social work interns to incorporate trauma-informed knowledge into their practices thus improving outcomes when trauma-sensitive interventions are required. 

C.G.S. in Child and Adolescent Trauma

Enrolled students earn 18 credits in courses designed to enhance their understanding of how trauma alters the functioning of trauma survivors and their families. Students also complete 600 total hours of internship beginning in May of the Summer Session prior to beginning their Fall and Spring Semester placements.

Other required clinical courses include SWRK 602 and SWRK 603. Students can focus content in their other required courses after beginning with two specialized courses built upon the curriculum foundations of the NCTSN shown in SWRK 637 and 638. The first course (637) is offered in Summer Session and the second (638) follows in the Fall Semester. These courses must be taken in sequence.​

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must submit a completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Students must have advanced year enrollment in good standing in the M.S.W. program (or another related RIC master’s-level program). Awarding of the C.G.S. is to be accompanied by graduation from the M.S.W. or other master’s-level program.
  3. Students must submit a detailed résumé of their academic and professional credentials and experience.
  4. We need permission from the applicant to contact their first-year field supervisor (or department chair, if from another program) in lieu of a reference letter.
  5. We need permission from the applicant to review their current transcripts
  6. Student must submit a short statement (up to 500 words) detailing the reason for their interest in the C.G.S. program, include any experience with a related population, along with any significant life events that may affect their interaction with clients.

Retention Requirement

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

  Course No.  hCourse Titleh Credit Hours  Offered

SWRK

637

Core Concepts in Child /Adolescent Trauma

3

Summer

SWRK

638

Evidence-based treatment for Child/Adolescent Trauma

3

Fall

SWRK

600

Field Seminar III

4

Summer, Fall

SWRK

601

Field Seminar IV

4

Spring

SWRK

644

Clinical Evaluation and Case Consultation I

1.5

Fall

SWRK 

646

Clinical Evaluation and Case Consultation II

1.5

Spring

SWRK

690

Independent Study: Interprofessional Education

1

Fall or Spring

Total Credit Hours             18​  
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