Interdisciplinary Studies for Assessment & Treatment of Trauma Certificate

Justin Davis

Workshop Series in Childhood and Adolescent Trauma

Graduate level degree holders (and above) can apply to participate in this workshop series through the Continuing Education Office at the School of Social Work. The series concentrates the professionals’ learning on trauma informed assessment, treatment and evaluation models while working with these client populations, and incorporating discussions of the relevance of the National Traumatic Stress Network's (NCTSN's) Twelve Core Concepts of Trauma.

How it Works

The workshop sequence is completed with the attainment of 72 CEU credits. One workshop is taken every month over a 12-month period. Participants can focus content on their specific client population after beginning with one specialized workshop built upon the curriculum foundations of the National Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The first workshop may be offered every other month so participants need only wait 60 days to start the program.

Workshop Offerings

2 Content Modules

  • Introductory session (For all attendees) to bring Interdisciplinary members together, and familiarize them with common assessment tools.
  • Case evaluation using evidence-based assessment tools.

5 Case Studies Modules

Taken from real cases of children experiencing traumatic life events, these five case studies focus upon assessment and treatment of child/adolescent reaction to traumatic life events:

  • pre-verbal, 18-month-old child exposed to public violence
  • three-year-old toddler experiencing child sexual abuse
  • nine-year-old experiencing the death of her mother at the hands of her father
  • ten-year-old experiencing physical trauma after immigration with prior trauma in homeland
  • rhirteen-year-old experiencing physical abuse at hands of father

5 Treatment Modules

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). A coaching model that supports the relationship between the parent and 0-5-year-old child to combat negative effects of trauma.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). This group-based, trauma-informed group model targets middle-school-aged children to develop healthy self-soothing skills so they can return to classes and stabilize themselves. Parents and teachers are briefly engaged in this model.
  • Community Resiliency Model (CRM). A trauma recovery model that can be taught to children, adolescents and adults using psycho-education and personal resources/supports that counteract the negative effects of a sympathetic nervous system response. This model does not require the client to reconstruct a trauma narrative.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). A manualized trauma informed version of cognitive behavioral therapy engaging the child or adolescent and a parent or caregiver in individual sessions following a mnemonic (PRACTICE) which outlines the stages of sessions.
  • Trauma Systems Treatment (TST). A trauma informed version of multisystemic therapy. This model targets behavioral post-trauma disturbances of children and adolescents.
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