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Evidence Based Trauma Treatment

The Evidence Based Trauma Treatment Certificate Program provides students with the opportunity to develop competence in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and develop competency in implementing an evidence based practice. The project is open only to Clinical Practice students in their concentration year. Students will apply for the certificate when they are applying for their final placement in the MSW program. Full time Advanced Standing students are encouraged to meet the early bird application deadline (12/1) to increase the likelihood that they will be considered for the certificate.

Program Components

Students will focus their certificate work in working with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma or survivors of sexual assault.

Students who focus their work with children and adolescents will take two required elective courses (4 credits) in Special Topics in Social Work Practice. These include Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma and Treatment Applications in Trauma.

The Treatment Applications in Trauma course will include participation in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) or Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) training. These trainings are 2 and 3 days long respectively. Students will be placed in a specialized placement with a field instructor who has completed training and consultation in the evidence based model. Additional learning is supported through integrated field seminars and participation in regular clinical consultation sessions.

Efforts will be made to develop or identify placement resources in the communities where students wish to be placed. There are limited resources and options that focus on work with Sexual Assault Survivors, these options are only available in East Lansing/Lansing area. Students are encouraged to apply early if this is their interest.

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This pdf does not include information specific to the focus on working with Survivors of Sexual Assault or Cognitive Processing Therapy. If you are interested in learning more about this please contact the Certificate Coordinator.

Contact Person

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, Evidence Based Trauma Treatment Certificate Coordinator

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