Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Certificate Expands

MSU School of Social Work Expands Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Certificate in Collaboration with MSU Sexual Assault Program

The School of Social Work is excited to announce an expansion of the Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment (EBTT) Certificate for MSW students, in collaboration with the MSU Sexual Assault Program. This initiative focuses on clinical work with survivors of sexual assault.

A unique aspect of this certificate program is investment in building field agency capacity for implementation of an evidence-based practice. This focus builds competency in field agency clinicians and students with implementation of the treatment modality. MSW therapists at the Sexual Assault Program will be trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in July 2018, and then participate in ongoing clinical consultation around implementing this model for a year.

In the Fall of 2019, EBTT Certificate students will be placed at the Sexual Assault Program. The School plans to expand engagement with additional field agencies in 2019 and develop additional capacity to work with multiple agencies in the communities where our MSW students will be placed in coming years.

Kate Chard, PhD will provide training in Cognitive Processing Therapy through the School’s Continuing Education program on July 16-17 in East Lansing. Dr Chard, one of the developers of this model, has provided training and implementation support for the model since its inception. The training will be open to the social work community and offered through the School’s Continuing Education program as Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (4328).

The EBTT certificate provides MSW students with specialized coursework, training in an evidence-based practice model, and a specialized field placement with a field instructor who has experience implementing this model. Since 2011, 121 students have completed the certificate, and an additional 25 are enrolled for the 2018-2019 academic year. Prior to this expansion, the certificate has focused exclusively on working with children who have experienced trauma and included training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

A recent evaluation of this certificate found that more than 90% of certificate graduates felt that earning the certificate prepared them to provide services to individuals who have experienced trauma. For more information about the trauma certificate, please visit the Evidence Based Trauma Treatment certificate page on the MSU School of Social Work website.