Mandel School’s Center on Trauma and Adversity Creates Certificate Program for Trauma-Informed Practice

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Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has launched a certificate program in trauma-informed care for social work master’s students.

The Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice allows students in the Master of Science in Social Administration program to address a critical need in the social work field, says Jennifer King, DSW, assistant director of the Mandel School’s Center on Trauma and Adversity.

“Research shows that whether students plan to pursue careers in direct practice or community practice they are more likely than not to encounter trauma and adversity in the populations they serve,” King says. “Equipping students with cutting-edge knowledge and specialized skills to support individuals and communities experiencing adversity is essential to our students’ success and, ultimately, will prove transformative to those they will serve.”

Over the past 20 years, a convergence of research has well established that exposure to trauma and toxic stress adversely affects the health and well- being of children, youth, adults and communities. Research has also demonstrated irrefutable evidence that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as maltreatment, exposure to domestic violence and parental substance use lower an individual’s capacity to cope or adapt to future stressful events. Trauma also manifests at the community level and can become a barrier to solutions to promote health, safety and well-being.

The Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice is available to On-Campus and Intensive Weekend students in all paths of study. Coursework for the certificate includes 9 credit hours of required coursework and 6 credit hours of elective courses selected from a list of approved electives. See the courses.

Mandel School students can also pursue certificate programs in gerontology, global health and nonprofit management as well as a post-graduate certificate in school social work.