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Interprofessional Mini-Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice

The focus of this mini-certificate is on trauma exposure in children and adolescents and interprofessional practice among social workers, teachers, and nurses. The mini-certificate will be awarded to students (undergraduate and graduate) who complete all three one-credit mini-courses (SW540/541/542). Each course includes a full-day, online Saturday interactive workshop, as well as several weeks of pre-learning (online peer learning groups) before the workshop and an online post-workshop debriefing and a post-workshop debriefing and reflective essay. Course statements can be found here.

Contact Beth Sherman () and Todd Herrenkohl () with questions on the TIP mini-certificate.

SW 540 (1 credit) (Offered Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer Terms)

This course provides basic foundational knowledge from trauma research and from practitioners’ expertise about the adverse cognitive, social-emotional, behavioral, and health outcomes on children and youth who experience trauma. The course also examines sources of resilience and protective factors in schools and other settings. A key focus is applying knowledge about trauma to better understand and respond to trauma’s effects in schools.

Trauma Basics must be completed prior to SW 541 and SW 542.

SW 541 (1 credit) (Offered one time per year, Fall Term)

This course will provide foundational knowledge about trauma-informed practice, including key principles of a trauma-informed approach. A key focus is on interprofessional collaboration and the advancement of trauma-informed practices to enhance academic, social-emotional, behavioral, and health-related outcomes for children and youth. The course also examines the impact of trauma on practitioners.

SW 540 must be completed prior to enrolling in SW 541.

SW 542 (1 credit) (Offered two times per year, Fall and Winter Terms)

This course provides foundational knowledge about developing and sustaining a school or organizational culture that is trauma-informed. A key focus is on interprofessional collaboration and systems change. Examples include educating colleagues, planning for a long-term project, evaluating programs, and obtaining resources to sustain collaborative models and programs to address trauma in schools.

SW 540 must be completed prior to enrolling in SW 542.

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