SW 6246 Trauma Informed Practice I

Trauma Informed Practice I is the preliminary course in the practice sequence at the specialty level of the Trauma Informed Care Concentration. The practice sequence has three interrelated foci: Violence and Trauma; Mental Health and Recovery; and Health and Wellbeing. This provides a multi-level social work perspective based on best practices and theory that promote healthy individual development as well as environments that support human development. Practice I introduces the sequential model of trauma treatment and recovery, specifically focusing on the first phase regaining a sense of safety, non-toxic self-regulation and self-smoothing and transitioning into the second phase, starting active work upon the trauma. The language of trauma is interpreted as an adaptational coping response to violence. The student becomes an interpreter of the language of what maladaptive behavior is trying to tell us, and how a more humanistic use of biological-psychological-social-cultural/spiritual interventions is synchronous with social work ethics and values. Specific methodologies practiced may include Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Mindfulness, Creating Sanctuary and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy using both individual and group modalities. 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

Summer 2020
Class Nbr: 
May 11, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020
Meeting times: 
Tuesday, 5-7:50 p.m.
This course will meet via Zoom on the following Tuesdays: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21 and 7/28.
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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