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- Widener University’s Online MSW with a Focus on Trauma: This program holds the philosophy that trauma is often a root cause of many mental, emotional, and social challenges that clients face, and as a result it incorporates discussions of trauma and its impact on human health and well-being into all of its courses. In addition, it includes courses specifically in working with individuals and communities who have experienced trauma.
- University at Buffalo’s Online MSW Program in Evidence-Based Practice with a Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Perspective: This program focuses on how traumatic events and experiences affect people and their emotional health and well-being. Such a focus steers away from pathologizing client issues; rather, it trains social workers to examine how clients’ past experiences have shaped their current situation, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Students in this program also explore the role of human rights violations on mental and physical health, and investigate the traumatic nature of these violations from an individual and community perspective
Coursework for Clinical Social Work Programs with a Specialization in Trauma
- Trauma in Individuals and Communities: This course discusses the different types of trauma that people may experience throughout their lives, such as illness, violence, deaths in the family, natural disasters, and emotional abuse. Students explore and discuss the mental, emotional, and physical effects of such traumatic events, and learn how to incorporate crisis interventions and longer term care strategies into their work with people coping with trauma.
- Principles and Methods of Treating Trauma: How traumatic events contribute to the development of different types of emotional, physical, and mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, acute stress disorder, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder. How social workers can assess and address these disorders and the other general effects of traumatic experiences.
- Cognitive Behavioral Intervention: The theory and practical application of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other similar therapeutic interventions when working with different clients across the lifespan. Topics discussed include creating an effective treatment plan for clients, different CBT techniques and their relevance in certain client situations, and integrating CBT with other treatment methods.
- Loss and Bereavement Across the Lifespan: Identifying, understanding, and appropriately treating the effects of loss and bereavement in clients from childhood on through old age. Situations discussed include miscarriages, the loss of a child or infant, and the loss of a spouse or other family member. Students learn how to support clients through individual therapy and by connecting them to resources within their community. Social and cultural contexts for treatment of loss and bereavement are also covered.