SW 6234 Primary and Secondary Trauma

This course serves as an introduction to understanding the key concepts of trauma informed systems of care in generalist social work practice. Students will learn to identify and understand the various types of trauma along with the behaviors and responses seen in survivors of trauma, diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma reactions, basic neurological and biological effects of trauma, and the relationships between trauma and other mental health disorders. An overview of the central principles and key concepts of trauma informed care along with examples will also be provided, including a review of the concept of secondary (or vicarious) trauma affecting caregivers and professionals. This will involve knowledge and skills related to self-exploration and awareness and self-care. Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year of M.S.W. program, or graduation from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate curriculum.

Course details

Spring 2020
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Jan 13, 2020 - May 8, 2020
Will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:50 p.m.
Course notes: 

This section is for the Fall 2019 MSW: Advanced Standing & Fall 2018 MSW: Foundation cohorts.

Social Work: Advanced Standing (MSW) - Fall 2019 Cohort
Social Work: Foundation (MSW) - Foundation Track - Fall 2018 Cohort

Course delivery

Zoom & Blackboard (eLearning)

Zoom is a desktop video conferencing system allowing for real-time interaction between instructors and students and requires access to a high-speed Internet connection, a webcam, and a headset microphone. Blackboard is a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser.


Matthew Vasquez

Enrollment information

Cohort members may request to enroll through Continuing and Distance Education. Enrollment is limited and offered as part of a cohort program. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Rita Gutman

Continuing and Distance Education

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